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Old 04-14-2016, 12:05 AM   #1
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Hello from Nevada!

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I am currently shopping for a short bus thats less than $5,000. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know!
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Old 04-14-2016, 08:53 AM   #2
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Hey, Nomadic!
Welcome to the kraziness!
Seems the best way to get the best deals on buses is to use sites like govdeals.com.
For me, craigslist proved to be fruitful (i'm in S.FL); there is also searchtempest.com, which will do a collective search on all craigslists and other selling sites from all over for you.
As always, be weary of "too easy" online sales, and good hunting!
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Old 04-14-2016, 12:26 PM   #3
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Welcome to the gang. Govdeals is a good site. Look for something in the southwest US.

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Welcome Nomad
Have you considered looking at the Colorado buses? I'm guessing short bus for maneuverability, maybe a hill climber for boondocking?

There's definitely short buses for under $5k in the west. It just depends on how new and what condition you want to start with. Public Surplus seems to have overall the best prices, but it's a buyer beware situation. If you're not mechanically inclined you can still look at the buses in the sale and may have an opportunity to talk to the mechanics. They'll usually tell you what they know.
Beyond that there's GovLiquidation who sometimes has buses. Most of the buses on Craigslist have have simply been bought from Public Surplus and had the purchase price doubled, but not always.
You need to know what you're specifically looking for, rather than just a short bus body. Diesel vs gas, hill climber vs highway, stick or automatic? A weekender or a live in?
You're about to inundated with advice from multiple sources. Get ready.
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How would you determine if a bus is a hill climber or highway? I have a short bus. 10 passenger ford e450 thomas and what are the benefits of diesel or gas?
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There's some calculation concerning your transmission, rear end gearing and wheel size. I've read about them here. Others will know which thread that was.
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Old 04-14-2016, 10:37 PM   #7
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Thank you all for the information and for the awesome welcome.
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Old 04-14-2016, 10:41 PM   #8
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I want looking to live ful time on the short bus, i've heard its best to get diesel best, and i can only drive automatic, highway works fine. I will check out the site you recommended.
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