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Old 06-19-2018, 09:34 AM   #21
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I just want to reiterate how nuts those prices are.. Even for a dealer. I appreciate that they are a little newer and some have pretty low miles, but they also have negatives like CAT engines and EGR etc.

If you're seriously looking in that price range, buy a wanderlodge. It's a RV built from a school bus made by Bluebird and is arguably the best pre-manufactured RV you can buy. They hold their value way better than other RVs because they're durable and built to last... But if you're looking at 20k+, stop looking at school buses!

When ECCB says they're listed at 5x their auction value, he's not exaggerating. They're also not particularly desirable models except for maybe #3, which should sell for maybe 4-5k if everything works (including the AC!)
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Yes that dealer is crazy priced. The 20k plus budget was for buying a bus AND full conversion to what I wanted. #3 is the one I was seriously considering. NOT for $13900 though. As a Vegas school bus the AC is critical out here and they said it works. I wonder if the buses out here are ordered with better insulation due to the heat?
Ah the eternal struggle, I wish I had more time.... Im gonna look at those wanderlodge and MCI conversions that Eastcoast recommended as well. But, I still have Skoolie dreams...
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Old 06-19-2018, 09:45 AM   #22
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Old 06-19-2018, 10:18 AM   #23
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A bus with good working AC can do pretty well without insulation, as long as the engine is running. The units they use are generally very high BTU, so for its intended use, insulation is not critical. The moment you turn the bus off, all that changes and you go from igloo to solar oven in just a few minutes.
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Old 06-19-2018, 11:09 AM   #24
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I just want to reiterate how nuts those prices are.. Even for a dealer. I appreciate that they are a little newer and some have pretty low miles, but they also have negatives like CAT engines and EGR etc.

If you're seriously looking in that price range, buy a wanderlodge. It's a RV built from a school bus made by Bluebird and is arguably the best pre-manufactured RV you can buy. They hold their value way better than other RVs because they're durable and built to last... But if you're looking at 20k+, stop looking at school buses!

When ECCB says they're listed at 5x their auction value, he's not exaggerating. They're also not particularly desirable models except for maybe #3, which should sell for maybe 4-5k if everything works (including the AC!)
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What do you think of this Wanderlodge I just found on Ebay?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/1982-Blue-B...AAAOSwJslbIHP7
Anything specific I should be looking for or avoiding in these old Wanderlodges? I never heard of them until you told me about them.
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Old 06-19-2018, 12:12 PM   #25
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THey came in multiple lengths and with multiple powerplants. I'd say that the CAT 3208 might be the least desirable of the diesel options they used, but the 3208 has a pretty solid reputation otherwise. I see that thing only has 8 hours left, that's not enough time to make an informed decision. I hope someone else will comment on the engine.
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Old 06-19-2018, 02:46 PM   #26
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Exclamation New bus just popped up

Just found this on Craigslist. I know too expensive but I can always try and make an offer. It has the DT530 engine. Is this just the big bro to the DT466? Something good or something to stay away from? This one ticks a lot of boxes for me. Pusher, DT530 (if thats as good as DT466), Arizona desert bus, 40', 78" headroom....
Is this a decent bus? Should I be scared of the 240k miles? They claim they just drove it up 400 miles from Arizona. Thats a brutal drive through the middle of nowhere this time of year.

Thoughts? Things I should ask the seller particular to this one?

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Old 06-19-2018, 04:27 PM   #27
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I live in topeka kansas, retired, I have some commitments until june 29, but after that I could be available for driving.

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Just found this on Craigslist. I know too expensive but I can always try and make an offer. It has the DT530 engine. Is this just the big bro to the DT466? Something good or something to stay away from? This one ticks a lot of boxes for me. Pusher, DT530 (if thats as good as DT466), Arizona desert bus, 40', 78" headroom....
Is this a decent bus? Should I be scared of the 240k miles? They claim they just drove it up 400 miles from Arizona. Thats a brutal drive through the middle of nowhere this time of year.

Thoughts? Things I should ask the seller particular to this one?

Thanks again.
https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/cto/...621293289.html

That person bought it on auction to flip it, it seems. I'd recommend trying searching the auctions instead of craigslist for the best deal, straight from the schools
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Old 06-19-2018, 06:34 PM   #29
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That person bought it on auction to flip it, it seems. I'd recommend trying searching the auctions instead of craigslist for the best deal, straight from the schools
JJ,
I thought that might be the case. I saw some posts about them being auctioned in Arizona recently. Aside from the price, is this a good bus? Good motor / trans combo? (530/6030). Is 240k too many miles on these?

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It doesn't mention air conditioning. I would definitely want that for the price. That's a great motor / trans combo. If it's in good shape I imagine you could get 200,000 more miles or more out of it. I'm sure at this point things are going to be fixed from time to time regardless. Plan on that. The price still is outrageous though. MAYBE 6000 if it had AC.
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