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Old 02-02-2018, 10:20 PM   #1
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Hello from south Georgia

The bug has bitten me too. I've long thought about converting a school bus, but hadn't gotten much past dreaming until discovering this forum. Now, it's gotten a whole lot more serious. I'm in the midst of watching auctions, reading forums, getting insurance and tag quotes, drawing up floor plans, etc. I think I want a 1999ish Blue Bird TC2000 if it can be had in good condition with good tires for under $5000. I don't think factory air is needed since I want to go with a dual zone mini-split heatpump. I think I want a small diesel generator to keep from having to buy gas.
So much to read - I'm trying to learn as much as possible to lessen the inevitable mistakes.
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Old 02-02-2018, 11:38 PM   #2
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The bug has bitten me too. I've long thought about converting a school bus, but hadn't gotten much past dreaming until discovering this forum. Now, it's gotten a whole lot more serious. I'm in the midst of watching auctions, reading forums, getting insurance and tag quotes, drawing up floor plans, etc. I think I want a 1999ish Blue Bird TC2000 if it can be had in good condition with good tires for under $5000. I don't think factory air is needed since I want to go with a dual zone mini-split heatpump. I think I want a small diesel generator to keep from having to buy gas.
So much to read - I'm trying to learn as much as possible to lessen the inevitable mistakes.
Once bitten there's no cure...welcome to skoolieville

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Old 02-02-2018, 11:44 PM   #3
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Why a TC and not an All American? The TC was the cheap line of Bluebirds.
A decent TC should be 2-3 grand.
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Old 02-03-2018, 02:02 AM   #4
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https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?f...79&acctid=3798
tires may not be ideal, but its got a good tranny
and the street that it is located on is also my last name, which is a weird coincidence

edit better tires on this one
https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?f...tid=3798#media
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Old 02-03-2018, 02:12 AM   #5
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https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?f...79&acctid=3798
tires may not be ideal, but its got a good tranny
and the street that it is located on is also my last name, which is a weird coincidence

edit better tires on this one
https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?f...tid=3798#media
It says the 2nd one don't run

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Old 02-03-2018, 03:18 AM   #6
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Didn't even notice that, lol. Oops
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Old 02-03-2018, 04:20 AM   #7
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Didn't even notice that, lol. Oops
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Old 02-03-2018, 06:04 AM   #8
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Old 02-03-2018, 11:10 AM   #9
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How far are you willing to travel for the right bus?
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:28 PM   #10
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How far are you willing to travel for the right bus?
There are lots of them available in the 300-400 mile area around me. Since I'm still leashed to a full-time job, that would probably be my limit. Also, don't want to go north because of road salt/rust issues.

I have been looking at those on govdeals from Pell City, AL - they look well cared for.

I think I want to avoid a pusher for the following reasons:
1) I want a 2-3' garage in the rear.
2) I've read that it's pricier to repair because everything is harder to access. TC2000 isn't as easy to work on as conventional, but seems like a good compromise between the two.

OK, tell me where I'm mistaken.....
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