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Old 01-27-2017, 09:06 AM   #41
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Just look at how many rows of windows the bus has, forget the passenger count man.
The longest school bus you're gona find is a 40 footer. Sure- some schools own and operate tour buses, but we're talking north american, nat'l chrome yellow school buses here.
My bus had several smaller seats that could have been ordered as full size seats to expand the capacity to 80-something. The school district ordered the small seats near all the exits to make it easier to evacuate. Not every bus comes like this. My bus has a side exit that not every bus has, as well.
It all depends on the district that ordered the bus. The amount of rows of windows will be the quickest way to tell how long a bus is, at least roughly.
Oh for sure. The advertised pax is a quicky but even if they say it's a 72 pax, I count a 13 row bus as 78 in my head. So yeah, I want a 13-15 row bus.

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Old 01-27-2017, 09:09 AM   #42
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same thing here. i thought the one i was bidding on would top around 2500.00 but i was wrong!!
That sucks. I hate it when everyone's first post is "I got a 53 ft bus for $1100 with 37,482 miles."
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Wow, just bought a 99 BB T2000 5.9 (good mileage) 168K in Oregon for $1548.00 including auction fees. None of the lot of 16 sold for more than $2400. There are exporters in Seattle but they must have been off as this was bought at Christmas. I was surprised it didn't go over my max bid of 1500. it went for $1420.
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Old 01-27-2017, 09:49 AM   #44
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Wow, just bought a 99 BB T2000 5.9 (good mileage) 168K in Oregon for $1548.00 including auction fees. None of the lot of 16 sold for more than $2400. There are exporters in Seattle but they must have been off as this was bought at Christmas. I was surprised it didn't go over my max bid of 1500. it went for $1420.
Trying to keep my mileage under 150K. I have seen some West Coast buses that are good but 3,000 miles divided by 8 mpg times $3 a gallon and your $1400 bus is no longer $1400!!

On a side note, I keep pointing out that the OR, WA, and AK buses are already on the west coast so I wouldn't have to drive it across country if we just MOVE!!
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Old 01-27-2017, 11:31 AM   #45
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Trying to keep my mileage under 150K. I have seen some West Coast buses that are good but 3,000 miles divided by 8 mpg times $3 a gallon and your $1400 bus is no longer $1400!!

On a side note, I keep pointing out that the OR, WA, and AK buses are already on the west coast so I wouldn't have to drive it across country if we just MOVE!!
The cost of fuel is nothing compared to dealer fees and markup!
But yeah, you would be best served to get over to the west coast then buy it.
I'd avoid AK as they're way out of the way and tend to be really rusty.
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Old 01-27-2017, 12:00 PM   #46
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The cost of fuel is nothing compared to dealer fees and markup!
But yeah, you would be best served to get over to the west coast then buy it.
I'd avoid AK as they're way out of the way and tend to be really rusty.
This bothers me but AK is on the short list of places to live so it would become a local bus.

No way in hell am I buying one to drive it to the east coast to drive it back. I want my miles to include smiles. Getting back for work does NOT meet that requirement.
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Old 01-27-2017, 04:03 PM   #47
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but DRIVING a nice long trip is a GREAT way to future-proof your bus!! you will know of any defects, quirks, things to fix while in conversion, etc if you drive it 1000 miles or more..

what would REALLY suck is buying a bus, drivingf it 30 miles home. putting 1000s of hours and $$ into comnverting it only to have it blow up 120 miles into your maiden trip
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but DRIVING a nice long trip is a GREAT way to future-proof your bus!! you will know of any defects, quirks, things to fix while in conversion, etc if you drive it 1000 miles or more..

what would REALLY suck is buying a bus, drivingf it 30 miles home. putting 1000s of hours and $$ into comnverting it only to have it blow up 120 miles into your maiden trip
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Old 01-27-2017, 04:49 PM   #49
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but DRIVING a nice long trip is a GREAT way to future-proof your bus!! you will know of any defects, quirks, things to fix while in conversion, etc if you drive it 1000 miles or more..
If I had half your money or your job, I would throw mine away. I have no problem with road trips. I've done a couple of 4,000+ mile road trips. But I don't want to have to sweat getting back to work on Monday. Or what to do with a broken bus that's still 500 miles from home.
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what would REALLY suck is buying a bus, drivingf it 30 miles home. putting 1000s of hours and $$ into comnverting it only to have it blow up 120 miles into your maiden trip
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I dunno. Yeah it would suck but with $10I in the conversion, I'm buying a new to me engine for $4k. Meanwhile I have a"house" to live in while saving $5k.

Putting $4k into a $2k bus doesn't make sense. Scrap it and try another.
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Old 01-27-2017, 06:05 PM   #50
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true that I can work from anywhere.. my Carpenter bus did die on its way home... so I set up shop in a hotel room and stayed in business the whoke time.. (having a bar in the hotel didnt hurt).. since then ive pretty much 12,000+ trouble-free miles in that bus...

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