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Old 01-29-2018, 08:34 AM   #1
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Hey everyone,

I've been browsing this site for about a week now (as I scour the internet searching and re-searching all the craigslist ads and auctions I can find) and I gotta say everyones advice, humor, and knowledge is a beautiful thing to scroll through.

I've been dreaming of one day converting a mini school bus, shuttle bus, or box truck into an rv, and it seems like now may be the time. My lease is up soon, and Id love to get my hands on a vehicle so I can get some basic stuff done during these next few months.

I found a box truck (from FedEx) that I was going to check out today actually, but some wise advice is causing me to second guess my decision. There IS this mini bus (4 windows, so VERY mini) about an hour from me that I been interested in. Its a 95 Thomas, they said with a 350 engine they believe. Everything works but gas gauge (so they say), and most seats are out already and some beds were built as the guy wanted a hunting rv. Id have to rip beds out cause theyre too big, but Im wondering if a bus that small will end up feeling too cramped. They want $2700 obo for it, and specifically say they wont be offended by any offer, which makes me want to throw out $1000 and see where it goes from there.

I am feeling VERY impatient, but if there's any advice out there from folks who've lived in such a small bus, maybe thatd dampen this fire. It'll just be me and my dog, and I plan on parking it more than I drive. I dont need much at all in the way of set up.

Thanks a whole lot everyone. Im excited to really become a part of this site!
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Old 01-29-2018, 09:36 AM   #2
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Old 01-29-2018, 11:25 AM   #3
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Old 01-29-2018, 04:24 PM   #4
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Haha yeah, y'all'r right. What do you think the odds are for finding a decently mechanicly sound gas short bus for $2000?
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Haha yeah, y'all'r right. What do you think the odds are for finding a decently mechanicly sound gas short bus for $2000?
decent if youre patient and vigilant.
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Old 01-29-2018, 04:33 PM   #6
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decent if youre patient and vigilant.

Thats what I wanna hear! Y'all know any reputable places in eastern TN (or eastern KY or western NC)? Broad google searches confuse the hell outta me with all these different websites.
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Old 01-29-2018, 05:06 PM   #8
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/2007-Ford-E...haai7-&vxp=mtr
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Old 01-29-2018, 09:19 PM   #9
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EastCoast, I been scanning online auctions and sites, but I dont wanna buy anything without checking it out first, and there's rarely stuff listed nearish me. I know some folks have taken a chance with online auctions, but Im too cautious.

Thanks pbeggs. I wouldnt be able to get it from CA tho :/

I now have my eyes on a 1990 Ford Econoline 350 7.3L most seats taken out already, 89,000 miles (what?). It looks sooo beautiful and pretty well taken care of (just from the pictures of course). I was leaning against diesels because of maintanence cost, but I also won't be driving this around too much so I figured as long as I start it every once in a while it would need repairs less than if I was driving cross country, and it could tow my car no problem whenever I deciden to leave. Asking $2880
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Old 01-30-2018, 12:43 AM   #10
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EastCoast, I been scanning online auctions and sites, but I dont wanna buy anything without checking it out first, and there's rarely stuff listed nearish me. I know some folks have taken a chance with online auctions, but Im too cautious.

Thanks pbeggs. I wouldnt be able to get it from CA tho :/

I now have my eyes on a 1990 Ford Econoline 350 7.3L most seats taken out already, 89,000 miles (what?). It looks sooo beautiful and pretty well taken care of (just from the pictures of course). I was leaning against diesels because of maintanence cost, but I also won't be driving this around too much so I figured as long as I start it every once in a while it would need repairs less than if I was driving cross country, and it could tow my car no problem whenever I deciden to leave. Asking $2880
posted the link as an example of what was out there,

diesel isn't all that much more difficult than gas,.. if you plan on having a diesel sit most of the time, fill up with k-1 instead of diesel it sits better and burns a little hotter, won't gel in cold.
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