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Old 02-01-2017, 09:51 AM   #11
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Good afternoon fellow nomads and bus enthusiasts,
Thank you for taking the time to read my post! I can't wait to make this dream a reality!
Welcome!

This is my bus. I got it through Public Surplus: Public Surplus: Auction #1682539

I was able to speak to the seller and get the intel on the bus. Drove it >1000 miles home with no problems

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Old 02-04-2017, 07:51 PM   #12
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Check out publicsurplus.com (motor pool... school bus). There are a couple of buses in Chesapeake VA for way cheap right now (Sat 2/4/17, around $225, with an auction end time of noon Monday. They're 5.9 Cummins and an AT545 transmission, so they'll be underpowered and poor for mountain use. But they might meet your need. Full length rear engine diesels.
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Old 02-04-2017, 10:08 PM   #13
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Check out publicsurplus.com (motor pool... school bus). There are a couple of buses in Chesapeake VA for way cheap right now (Sat 2/4/17, around $225, with an auction end time of noon Monday. They're 5.9 Cummins and an AT545 transmission, so they'll be underpowered and poor for mountain use. But they might meet your need. Full length rear engine diesels.
Don't waste your time on those buses. They're slow and underpowered. The 5.9 ISB + AT545 means it's not gonna handle lots of weight.

Wait a few more months, you'll be able to get a much nicer RE bus for around $2K - $4K when the spring rush begins.
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Old 02-04-2017, 10:13 PM   #14
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Don't waste your time on those buses...
Thanks for your clear sight on these!
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Old 02-06-2017, 06:57 PM   #15
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Thank you to everyone who has shared their insight and experience on this thread! I think one of the best parts of living in/ converting a bus, is the skoolie community that comes along with it. I think waiting for spring/ early summer is great advice!

Thanks again, I can't wait!
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Old 02-16-2017, 06:32 PM   #16
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When will this spring season begin? I'm ok waiting until April but not too much longer. Can anyone comment on when they've noticed an uptick on these auction sites?
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Old 02-16-2017, 06:55 PM   #17
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When will this spring season begin? I'm ok waiting until April but not too much longer. Can anyone comment on when they've noticed an uptick on these auction sites?
I have noticed a few big lots of busses in the last week on govdeals and public surplus. I spoke to a bluebird dealer and he said that school bids were due by the begining of this month, and delivery was toward the end of next month. If that helps. (He was here in Massachusetts)

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Old 02-17-2017, 09:42 AM   #18
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Awesome. Great info


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