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Old 03-23-2019, 07:16 PM   #1
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Hello from a future Nomad currently in Dallas

Hey Y'all

Thanks for letting me join your forum. I hope to benefit from your experience.

I am going to be thorough at the the risk of being wordy.

I am 54 years old and will sell my home when my kid graduates from high school in three years. I own my home outright. I plan on becoming a nomad at that time.

I have a 99 4Runner with close to 200K miles in good condition. I had been planning on buying a cargo trailer to convert, but now I am thinking it looks a bit claustrophobic (I think possibly because of windows as much as size). This seemed rational since I have a reliable vehicle, and am wary about buying an RV because of condition and quality issues.

I love the idea of having my home and vehicle in one piece. I also love all the windows a shuttle bus has. What scares me is the unknowns of buying one. What issues does the engine have the owner won't disclose? What if I pull out the floor and all the wood is rotted?

Also, many of these buses are diesel, and honestly, I am nervous about buying one.

Since I will be selling my house, I will have a few bucks to spend, but I will also need to live on that money for a few years until I can claim my retirement.

What really scares me is spending 10g on a bus, and it becoming a money pit.

Also, for more background, and I am generally handy, but not in all areas. I have done light electrical, wallboard patching, painting.

Here is a link to a bus I have not looked at, but seems like a good buy for price compared to mileage. https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/ct...834229262.html

I apologize for the length of this post. I guess I am just asking for general opinions. In no way am I asking for someone to make this kind of decision for me.
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Old 03-27-2019, 05:54 PM   #2
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Read, read, and read some more. Virtually every idea you've ever had about buses has already been debated here. Sometimes more than once.

You are correct that it's entirely possible to buy a bus that becomes a nightmare. You can minimize the chances of that with a pre-purchase inspection if at all possible. Also, many time if you buy a school bus you can get the service records for it.

A lot of folks here think that the sort of parking-lot shuttle you pointed to in the craigslist ad is a problematic choice. Maybe you get a level floor, and that's a good thing. For the most part the walls and ceiling are made of fiberglass, and that makes it hard to fasten walls, roof material, and appliances firmly. Also, it may not have a drivetrain suited for interstate travel if it was originally specified to make repeated runs of a mile or so from the airport to the parking lot and back.

A lot to consider, a lot to learn. Welcome to the madness! Keep reading and keep asking questions. Nobody will jump on you for being uninformed.
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Old 03-27-2019, 07:05 PM   #3
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It sounds like you are telling me I should read more here, since likely my questions have been answered before, and I will do more reading.
I appreciate your response, and "schooling" me in a gentle way.
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Old 03-28-2019, 01:47 AM   #4
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Hey Y'all

Here is a link to a bus I have not looked at, but seems like a good buy for price compared to mileage. https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/ct...834229262.html

You may want to start your reading with this Skoolie.net thread:


http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f9/sch...bus-26207.html


Pay special attention to CadillackKid's post concerning the type of vehicle shown in the link you provided.


Good luck in your search, neighbor! (Hurst, TX)
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Old 03-28-2019, 01:49 AM   #5
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Hey Y'all

Here is a link to a bus I have not looked at, but seems like a good buy for price compared to mileage. https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/ct...834229262.html

You may want to start your reading with this Skoolie.net thread:


http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f9/sch...bus-26207.html


Pay special attention to CadillacKid's post concerning the type of vehicle shown in the link you provided.


Good luck in your search, neighbor! (Hurst, TX)
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Old 03-29-2019, 03:24 PM   #6
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Hey neighbor! Thanks for the link. Gives me something to think about.
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Old 03-29-2019, 03:30 PM   #7
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Looks like you have a big big bus lol. Are you using it for camping or living in it, if I may ask? (You may regret showing how close you live to me )
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Old 03-29-2019, 11:18 PM   #8
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Looks like you have a big big bus lol. Are you using it for camping or living in it, if I may ask? (You may regret showing how close you live to me )

First we are going to use it for moving then finish off the conversion as an RV. It is not a REALLY big bus ... 38 feet with 29 feet behind the stair well for conversion use.
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Old 03-30-2019, 03:28 PM   #9
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You are going to use the bus to move from one house to another? Guess that means you plan on using it for part-time RV-ing.

I said big because your profile says the bus seats 71 people. I am looking for something small just for me, like a 12 or 16 passenger, so any full size bus seems big to me.

So you have started the conversion but not done yet?
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Old 03-30-2019, 05:13 PM   #10
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You are going to use the bus to move from one house to another? Guess that means you plan on using it for part-time RV-ing.

I said big because your profile says the bus seats 71 people. I am looking for something small just for me, like a 12 or 16 passenger, so any full size bus seems big to me.

So you have started the conversion but not done yet?

Yes, gutted and started building just enough to use it as a moving van.
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