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Old 06-07-2019, 06:23 PM   #1
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Hello from Hamburg in Germany

Hello,
my name is Mirko, I live in a small village near Hamburg in Germany.

For over two months, I've been infected with the Skoolie virus.
For hours I looked at Youtube videos, and read a lot of pages about conversions of school buses.

For some time now I've been thinking about buying a van, but somehow I do not like the conventional ones that much. The furniture is more plastic, the space is not very big and they are very expensive.

Now I'm really thinking about buying a school bus in the US and convert it here. In Germany there is unfortunately no large selection of school buses from the USA.

In september I travel to New York, maybe there are some good dealers for school buses in the area that someone can recommend to me?

Please excuse my bad English, do not write very often in other languages, speak a little better.

greetings
Mirko
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Old 06-07-2019, 06:40 PM   #2
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Welcome, one problem of buying in the New York area is rust. They salt the roads pretty heavily in the winter.
Your English is better than many who were born here.
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Old 06-07-2019, 06:40 PM   #3
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Welcome from New Hampshire Mirko.

Typically we like auction formats for scoring busses vs using a middleman/dealer. It just makes dollars and cents to do that, unless money is not an object?

Anyhow, if you planned right, you could win a bid on a bus here and pick it up when you cross the pond in Sept.
Several US auction companies you might like:
https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?f...=&category=94H

https://onlineauction.422sales.com/c...cal.cgi?bsales
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Old 06-07-2019, 06:44 PM   #4
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Herzlich willkommen, Mirko!
There are numerous auctions where retired busses may be bought In the USA. Many people here complain, because the bus they want is so far away from them. I believe you will earn bragging rights in that regard!
Reading through this forum will inform you of where the websites are for the auctions, but even more importantly, you will learn what to avoid, as well as finding what fits your needs most closely.
Please consider: these machines are used, and far from being new. Parts in the EU may prove difficult to find, likewise mechanics willing to work on such a rare bird. I could not guess how expensive transhipping a bus to Germany will be.
So, welcome to the irrenanstalt!
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Old 06-08-2019, 02:21 PM   #5
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Welcome, one problem of buying in the New York area is rust. They salt the roads pretty heavily in the winter.
Your English is better than many who were born here.
Thanks for the tip!

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Typically we like auction formats for scoring busses vs using a middleman/dealer. It just makes dollars and cents to do that, unless money is not an object?
Ok, but I can't see the bus before in an auction, so I don't know what I get?

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Herzlich willkommen, Mirko!
So, welcome to the irrenanstalt!
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Old 06-08-2019, 04:05 PM   #6
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Stoneage, you might want to check out Midwest Transit.com
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Old 06-08-2019, 04:09 PM   #7
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I have heard a lot of good things about Harlow Bus Sales. Some folks here have had good luck getting good buses at prices notably lower than most of the other dealers I have seen.
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somebody needs to check this one out.
Not yellow
MD-3060
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$1500

https://www.goharlows.com/default.as...OwnedInventory
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No kidding, such a deal!
Well, maybe...
Stairwell shows a goodly amount of rust. Possibly posterior rot, too. Pix won't enlarge on the fon.
Location'd be nice too. Tho anywhere in the Dakotas'll be a hike for most.
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Old 06-08-2019, 05:17 PM   #10
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somebody needs to check this one out.
Not yellow
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https://www.goharlows.com/default.as...OwnedInventory
$1500 from a dealer, it's got to be scrap. It's a ski resort bus from Id.
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