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Old 02-15-2017, 07:42 AM   #21
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If the snoring gets too loud, I'll do a sudden lane change or brake check. SQUIRREL!!! Didn't you see it? Big fat fluffy guy. I just saved his life.
Buddy sees them before I do....
Since December he's banged his head hard on the windshield 6 times and has finally learned how to get on the dash of the suburban

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Old 02-15-2017, 07:49 AM   #22
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Buddy sees them before I do....
Since December he's banged his head hard on the windshield 6 times and has finally learned how to get on the dash of the suburban
Buddy is in the avatar?

I like my fish. Inside joke with the gf. Every time the dog needs to go out in the middle of the night while it's 40 and raining. Every tie they leave a present on the carpet. Every time one of them runs off around the neighborhood. Every time she trips over them. Etc.

My fish almost peed on the carpet once but I scolded him and he hasn't tried since.

I do have two cats that have wrecked the basement but even they are better than the dogs. They don't like being stepped on so there's no tripping. And as long as my daughter keeps the litter boxes clean (she's harder to train than the damn dogs), they don't need to go out.
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Old 02-15-2017, 07:59 AM   #23
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District-owned buses are great. Usually the maintenance is up to par. Some states are better than others. Georgia and Florida seem to be the worst states in this regard, a lot of buses from those states tend to be parts/non-running.

I wouldn't buy buses from private contractors, a lot of times maintenance is the bare minimum and they will generally only sell buses when there's absolutely no life left in them.
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Old 02-15-2017, 08:08 AM   #24
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I would never buy a bus without looking at it. You just never know what your find. I drove 10hrs one way to see an eBay bus in "good condition" only to find it was junk and smoked so bad I couldn't see the car behind me. I'm the end I flew to Florida as Orlando was getting rid of all no. A/C buses. I had 5 or six class D's to choose from and the one I picked was just taken off a bus route prior to being sold. Still had to replace a driver kingpin but other wise it's Its in really great shape.

Most regular school buses in WV sell for $700-$2K but the rust. We have busses in Preston County that get the engine overhauled and 6 months later sold. lol. Many end up in Mexico or the islands it seems.

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Old 02-16-2017, 03:37 PM   #25
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Oh I get all that.

I took the gf on the trip to VA. It was about 3 1/2 hrs. Only problem with that is she's usually asleep by the end of my street. My daughter is usually asleep by the end of my driveway. My driveway is a parking pad, a sidewalk, and 2 feet of grade to the road.

If the snoring gets too loud, I'll do a sudden lane change or brake check. SQUIRREL!!! Didn't you see it? Big fat fluffy guy. I just saved his life.
My daughter came back from band camp one year and was pretty exhausted, so we let her hang out on the couch that first day. Day after she wanted to do it again, we said nope, gotta get your @ss off the couch and go with us to Home Depot...being a petulant 14 or 15 year old at the time (she's in college now) she came with us grudgingly, and with a bit of 'tude. We had taken my VW bus, and she was dosing in the rear seat with her feet propped up on the stool. Took a look in my rear view mirror, and there was no one behind me, so I slammed on the brakes and yelled 'SQUIRREL!! She came flying off the rear seat and slid feet first right between the two front seats. Needless to say, she wasn't happy, but my wife and I had a good laugh.
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Old 02-16-2017, 04:14 PM   #26
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I was impulsive.
I started researching doing a tiny home.
Then, my eyes fell upon a skoolie.
What is better than a tiny home that is self propelled?
So, I started looking for a bus last Feb.
The first bus, I found was on craigslist.
I set up an appointment for a week later.
I did more research on what to look for, brought my mechanic with me.
Test drove the bus, crawled under, crawled into the engine compartment, etc.
Lot of rust but, mechanically it was excellent.
The next day, I was driving it home.
It was a rust bucket, I had to replace a rear wheel well, sections of the floor and reskin the entire bus other than the roof and cab end.
The rear section was a challenge but, turned out great and it gave me a chance to rip it down to bare ribs and floor and start fresh.
A lot of extra work but, well worth it overall in my mind.

My big bus had 64,000 miles on it.
It needed an oil change, tranny flush, new filters and small stuff only.
The only current mechanical issue is the floater in the gas tank doesnt work.
So, I have no accurate way to determine how much liquid dino go juice I have in the tank and I may need a new passenger side windshield due to careless grinding and what appears to be spark burn marks on the glass...

So, in short. I bought the first bus I found without hesitation.
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Old 02-16-2017, 08:40 PM   #27
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heck ill drive far just to drive far... I couldve easily been a trucker if the software gig hadnt worked out...

I look for reasons to make 1000 mile road trips... esp when i get to drive something cool like a BUS!!!

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Old 02-17-2017, 12:06 PM   #28
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My daughter came back from band camp one year and was pretty exhausted, so we let her hang out on the couch that first day. Day after she wanted to do it again, we said nope, gotta get your @ss off the couch and go with us to Home Depot...being a petulant 14 or 15 year old at the time (she's in college now) she came with us grudgingly, and with a bit of 'tude. We had taken my VW bus, and she was dosing in the rear seat with her feet propped up on the stool. Took a look in my rear view mirror, and there was no one behind me, so I slammed on the brakes and yelled 'SQUIRREL!! She came flying off the rear seat and slid feet first right between the two front seats. Needless to say, she wasn't happy, but my wife and I had a good laugh.
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heck ill drive far just to drive far... I couldve easily been a trucker if the software gig hadnt worked out...

I look for reasons to make 1000 mile road trips... esp when i get to drive something cool like a BUS!!!

-Christopher
I don't mind driving. I too have thought of being an OTR driver. Too many regulations and PITA these days.

It's the deadlines I have a problem with. Driving 10 hrs one way and having to be back for work on Mon is the problem. Getting rid of that work thing would be a major step in the right direction!!
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Old 04-16-2017, 05:48 PM   #29
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Bought first bus, in a week

I thought on Sunday, maybe I should do the Skoolie travel thing....

3 days goofing off online, and on Friday i went and bought the first/only bus I looked at.

$3900 for an International/Blue Bird shortie with a chair lift. WONDER shape, no rust
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Old 04-16-2017, 07:20 PM   #30
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Congratulations. It happens just like that for many of us. We're fooling around on line and poof, we've got a bus.

Is yours going to be a camper type or a full build?
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