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Old 01-15-2018, 05:40 AM   #1
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Hello everyone

Brett and Renee here. We are new. We live in Largo, FL. We have been researching tiny homes for a few years and decided on a skoolie last year. We should be buying our bus this week. It's a 2001 bluebird All American flat nose FE. It has a Cummins 5.9 24valve. Her name is Bean. We are beyond excited to get started. Our goal is to be full time by next year.

Looking forward to meeting fellow skoolies
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Old 01-15-2018, 06:30 AM   #2
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Brett and Renee here. We are new. We live in Largo, FL. We have been researching tiny homes for a few years and decided on a skoolie last year. We should be buying our bus this week. It's a 2001 bluebird All American flat nose FE. It has a Cummins 5.9 24valve. Her name is Bean. We are beyond excited to get started. Our goal is to be full time by next year.

Looking forward to meeting fellow skoolies
Welcome fellow Floridians!

How much they asking? Buying a bus in FL can be costly.

You plan on travel or living in it stationary?
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Old 01-15-2018, 06:51 AM   #3
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Thank you.

Yes I have noticed they are higher, rust free yada yada. $5500. 100,xxx miles. She's from Alabama. Also from a dealer. He was asking $6500.

We plan on full timing eventually. Hopefully by next year. We will park it on our property where we do Boarding and Day care for dogs. Eventually hitting the road for a couple years.
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Yes I have noticed they are higher, rust free yada yada. $5500. 100,xxx miles. She's from Alabama. Also from a dealer. He was asking $6500.

We plan on full timing eventually. Hopefully by next year. We will park it on our property where we do Boarding and Day care for dogs. Eventually hitting the road for a couple years.
I mean you no offense, so take this for what its worth.
But that's like a $2500-$3500 bus. Have you considered cutting out the middleman?

If its got the 545 transmission and you plan on driving a lot I'd definitely pass and find one with a better transmission.

Don't take this as criticism. Bus buying/ownership is simply a passion of mine and I'm just giving you my honest opinion.
If I'm "hitting the road for a couple years" I want a big, powerful engine and overdrive. Air ride and high headroom too. For the asking price you should get a high headroom bus.
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Old 01-15-2018, 07:17 AM   #5
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I have looked at govdeals and public surplus. One problem I have is time. Running this business is 24/7 for us right now and I cant leave for too long or overnight. Staffing sucks. It does have the 545. I have considered swapping it to the 643. Seems pretty straight forward.

Any other ideas where to get one local?
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I have looked at govdeals and public surplus. One problem I have is time. Running this business is 24/7 for us right now and I cant leave for too long or overnight. Staffing sucks. It does have the 545. I have considered swapping it to the 643. Seems pretty straight forward.

Any other ideas where to get one local?
An allison 2000 series would be a better replacement. But I'd just look for a bus with a better tranny to start with. If you're dealer shopping there shouldn't be too much compromise on your part. You're paying a pretty huge premium, so you ought to be able to get THE bus you want/need.
I've never bought one local. I buy mine as far west as I can. My latest bus is from TX. Before that I had one from Colorado.

Just my opinion, but that's a ton of money for a run of the mill bus. A 545 trans is ok in a shorty, but in a forty footer is just not a great choice. Especially on long stretches of interstate or in the mountains.
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Have you seen this beauty??
https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?f...910&acctid=226
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That one is nice
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Even better than a bookmobile! Its got low miles/hours, a generator, awnings, ac, and high headroom. Probably even has hydraulic leveling and air ride.
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Vegan,

That Virginia bus is way ahead of the bus you're looking at and worth serious consideration. I own a bus with the 545. TRUST ME when I say the 643 or better transmissions are worth the wait. Since I own two buses, the other with the 643, there is a WORLD of difference between the two. I'd definitely skip on the 545 bus.

My two cents, for what it's worth.....

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