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Old 07-06-2019, 02:27 PM   #1
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hi from Miami Flo

Hi there... for years i been into building cars (foxbodys) from stripped down to nice clean finish and working 12hr shifts at a Powerplant as CRO and buying properties, 3 business 1 successful till 9/11 basically living the "American Dream" well that dream is not for me lol especially here in miami where everythingis going up except your salary.. well im tierd now and looking to retire earlyer then 66 for full benefit... im 44, i want to retire like now lol.. .. anyway enough of the complaining... i started to look in YouTube on "living off the grid" found RVs, Vans, tiny homes, etc but when i saw the schoolie busses i saw myself in something like that.. a few details on YouTube on this conversion but really was looking for more DOs n DONTs.. my 1st step is what bus should i buy.. i think the medium size bus will suit me most cause is not too long and i can pull a trailer with ATVs and stuff for fun also whats the most reliable engine? and will it be best to get a bus with a nose or the flat face with engine on rear or in bus? one very important option i do want is a shower and a bathroom but because i want the medium size bus will that take away too much space for a kitchen/counter top/L sofa? sorry soo many questions but i have to be picky on these decisions because this is where i will live and travel America with..

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Old 07-06-2019, 02:42 PM   #2
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Welcome to the site.
Your dream can be achieved with some hard work and patience in finding the right candidate for conversion.
Florida busses are hit or miss with potential rust issues, unfortunately.

The questions you are asking above are all covered in threads on the site. You'll have to do a little research here to get answers to all of them.

As far as bus size goes, that will also be up to you as nobody can say 100 square feet is sufficient for you and your lifestyle. Some experienced Skoolies will suggest getting the biggest bus you can.
Good luck and happy hunting...
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Old 07-06-2019, 03:14 PM   #3
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Fla. buses are sold after they have been run into the ground and cannabalized for parts, you might find a good bus there, but your chances are better elsewhere. Just start reading everything here before diving into a buy.
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Old 07-06-2019, 04:05 PM   #4
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Hi there... for years i been into building cars (foxbodys) from stripped down to nice clean finish and working 12hr shifts at a Powerplant as CRO and buying properties, 3 business 1 successful till 9/11 basically living the "American Dream" well that dream is not for me lol especially here in miami where everythingis going up except your salary.. well im tierd now and looking to retire earlyer then 66 for full benefit... im 44, i want to retire like now lol.. .. anyway enough of the complaining... i started to look in YouTube on "living off the grid" found RVs, Vans, tiny homes, etc but when i saw the schoolie busses i saw myself in something like that.. a few details on YouTube on this conversion but really was looking for more DOs n DONTs.. my 1st step is what bus should i buy.. i think the medium size bus will suit me most cause is not too long and i can pull a trailer with ATVs and stuff for fun also whats the most reliable engine? and will it be best to get a bus with a nose or the flat face with engine on rear or in bus? one very important option i do want is a shower and a bathroom but because i want the medium size bus will that take away too much space for a kitchen/counter top/L sofa? sorry soo many questions but i have to be picky on these decisions because this is where i will live and travel America with..

thankssss

Another Miami skoolie !!! cool !!!

I'm in south dade myself and got two busses in progress, mine and a friends. Just finished raising the roof on one of them 18" inches, man is there a lot of room inside now! My bus is next!

The two websites I have found for Miami bus auctions are Bidera and also Gov deals. You got to inspect what you are going to buy, especially here in Miami!

Be very careful with busses from Palm Beach County schools because they cannibalize them for the good parts, replace them with bad parts and then sell the shell at auction.

I am sending you my contact info, give me a call and let's meet!
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Old 07-06-2019, 04:12 PM   #5
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Welcome to the site and good luck finding your bus! Don't rush into it and buy a bus that cannot fill your needs.
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Old 07-06-2019, 05:25 PM   #6
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THANKS FELLAS
RUST? you can get rust no matter what weather conditions but i would of thought Florida will be a great state to buy since it never snows..

i really didn't think of a auction , i was more looking into personal owners who still have there bus active like children transporters.. at least i know the bus is being used and working.. not bad prices too..

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wow man you close, im 5 block north of Hialeah hospital jaja... for sure ill hit you up...
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Old 07-06-2019, 06:05 PM   #7
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THANKS FELLAS
RUST? you can get rust no matter what weather conditions but i would of thought Florida will be a great state to buy since it never snows..

i really didn't think of a auction , i was more looking into personal owners who still have there bus active like children transporters.. at least i know the bus is being used and working.. not bad prices too..

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wow man you close, im 5 block north of Hialeah hospital jaja... for sure ill hit you up...
Never say never, it snowed in Ft Lauderdale in 80. While they may not need to salt the roads for ice, the state is surrounded by salt water air that is nearly as corrosive as salt water.
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Old 07-06-2019, 07:58 PM   #8
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THANKS FELLAS
RUST? you can get rust no matter what weather conditions but i would of thought Florida will be a great state to buy since it never snows..

i really didn't think of a auction , i was more looking into personal owners who still have there bus active like children transporters.. at least i know the bus is being used and working.. not bad prices too..

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wow man you close, im 5 block north of Hialeah hospital jaja... for sure ill hit you up...
Miami buses are usually rode hard and put away wet. They are among the worst for rust and neglect.
Florida in general is a horrible place to bus shop. Lots of low spec high mileage buses being sold for top dollar.
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