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Old 02-04-2017, 01:10 AM   #21
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What if all seats are removed and 4 couches, each seating four persons, are put in?
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Old 02-04-2017, 01:35 AM   #22
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4 couches that seat 4 people equals 16 seating positions--two more than are allowed if you don't want to have a CDL.

If you only put three seat belts in each couch you would then have seating positions for 12-passengers. If you wanted to squeeze a few more in than you have seat belts It would be up to you. Just be aware that if the worst should happen, if you had more than 14-passengers you would be in a really deep end. Among other things your insurance company would most probably deny coverage because you were not using your RV as you told them you would be using it.

And trust me when I tell you this. If you should go to a ball game the weight cops don't have to have someone there. All it takes is for someone observing and counting how many people got off and then a quick phone call to a number that is on speed dial for you to have a weight cop waiting for you when you got back to your bus.

With fines starting at around $10K you really do not want to go there.
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Old 02-04-2017, 08:48 AM   #23
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Thanks

You make some great points. I'm not trying to be pedantic, but preemptive. Some times the Devil is in the details.

I do have a Class A CDL, was Intrastate with medical card, but went non-commercial CDL. The Feds set mandates that ALL States must follow, but gives each State the option to impose more stringent laws than the Federal mandates impose. That's the problem- Laws vary from State-to-State, and sometimes even within the State. What is legal in down-State Illinois does not fly in Chicago. Same problems the concealed carry group has. It seems grey laws are profitable.

I won't be insuring, or more importantly, plating my vehicles as Commercial. I also won't have a clown-bus that 20 people are piling-out of! It is a shame that you can purchase a vehicle designed to haul 84 people, but are limited to a dozen or so, but after riding Chicken Buses in South America, I can see the need for some type of regulations. If you ask 5 different LEO's, you will get 6 answers.

All this is moot to me now as I need to get my fuel issues squared away !
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Old 02-06-2017, 11:13 AM   #24
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So, what do you all think of this bus? I've not looked at it in person.


1991 chevy short bus, good tires, new brakes, new batterys, 8.2 diesel motor, 94,000 miles all seats have been removed would be great for tiny home or camper has clear title comes with a new oil change and filters $2700

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I'd pass on that one @ half that price.
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Old 02-06-2017, 11:36 AM   #26
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I'd pass on that one @ half that price.
What's your reasoning? I want to know what you're thinking to learn to better judge these buses. Thanks!
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Old 02-06-2017, 11:42 AM   #27
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What's your reasoning? I want to know what you're thinking to learn to better judge these buses. Thanks!
Low headroom, looks pretty crusty (mine does too), the 8.2 isn't the greatest. Its sort of a forgotten step child. The chassis isn't the greatest, it will ride like a farm truck, more or less. The tranny is almost certainly the 545 which is *ok*, but not preferred. Overall its just not very much bus, imo, especially for that kind of money.
Depends on what you wanna use it for, I guess. But I just scored a SWEET shorty out in Colorado for $1780 out the door. Tires are a year old, and they're topping off and checking ALL fluids and stuff for me.
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Old 02-06-2017, 11:44 AM   #28
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Perfect, thanks for the info. PASS it is! How's that working for you with your purchase? Do you plan to fly and drive it? Pay someone to drive it or ? Was it an auction site?
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Perfect, thanks for the info. PASS it is! How's that working for you with your purchase? Do you plan to fly and drive it? Pay someone to drive it or ? Was it an auction site?
Bought at an online auction sight unseen like the last one.
A friend/neighbor is flying out tomorrow to drive it back. Once I talked to the bus maintenance guy I realized what an awesome deal I got. He was like- "you driving this to florida?"... "We'll make sure you're good to go, we'll check all the fluids, the batteries, the tire pressure, etc">..



Auctions from well funded school districts are where its at!
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Old 02-06-2017, 11:49 AM   #30
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Hey Lurk, I'm in your neck of the woods working on my own full size bus! Most of the buses at the Buncombe surplus lot have some sort of issue ie. rust or a body type we didn't want. We ended up driving to NE Kentucky to pick ours up. we got pretty close with some local craigslist entries but the best advice is to take your time and really shop around.
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