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Old 11-26-2017, 05:07 PM   #1
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I'm kaitey, I'm 22 years old, and my husband and I have decided to get a skoolie! We're saving up money right now, and we're planning on buying a bus before my birthday in early February. I've heard good things about international engines, but correct me if they're terrible! I'm so excited to start this journey, as it's something I've wanted to do since I was 16!
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Old 11-26-2017, 05:58 PM   #2
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Welcome. Yes Cornbinders (International) engines are quite good. Some prefer Cummins, and there are also a small group that like Cat engines but most of us don't agree with this last choice.

This is a good place to start your search. Are you going small, medium or large?
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Old 11-26-2017, 06:01 PM   #3
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Welcome. Yes Cornbinders (International) engines are quite good. Some prefer Cummins, and there are also a small group that like Cat engines but most of us don't agree with this last choice.

This is a good place to start your search. Are you going small, medium or large?
We're thinking Medium - Large. We want to make sure to have plenty of space for ourselves and our zoo, AKA three medium-sized dogs and two cats. There are a few people near me who buy up buses from auctions and sell them, so I think I'll be able to find something for a decent price. (one guy has five with international engines for under $3000 each!)
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Old 11-26-2017, 06:28 PM   #4
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Welcome! Where in the Midwest are you? I'm in the middle of Nebraska.
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Old 11-26-2017, 06:29 PM   #5
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Missouri! The far southwest corner, about 2.5 hours south of Kansas City
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Old 11-26-2017, 06:31 PM   #6
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I spend a ton of time up that way every year! I'll look forward to seeing your progress! I'm currently at about the same point you are, though I've got a ton of research done. Been trying to find the right bus for quite a while.
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Old 11-26-2017, 06:32 PM   #7
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I've done a bit of research on buses, but it's been a few years. We were originally going to buy an RV because we couldn't find any buses, but with Facebook having a marketplace now, it's so much easier to find what we're looking for!
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It sounds like you have good access to a bus barn near you. The shorties have pretty good competition when selling. Start physically inspecting buses until you have a strong preference for a certain body type. Look at the rust buckets too so you know what to avoid. You can also stop at the bus barn and talk to the mechanics.

I settled on a 26' long '97 Bluebird TC1000. This has no wheel wells inside the bus, to accomadate wheelchairs. A chair lift, kept to accomadate motorcycles.

There's a lot to consider. Many of us have moved on to our second or third bus, or more. It's a learning process. Interior space versus mobility of the vehicle. Parking issues dictate where you can easily park in town while traveling.

As nearly everyone will tell you, it all depends on how you plan to use your bus.
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Old 11-26-2017, 07:02 PM   #9
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I've done a bit of research on buses, but it's been a few years. We were originally going to buy an RV because we couldn't find any buses, but with Facebook having a marketplace now, it's so much easier to find what we're looking for!
Or get one right from a school.
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Old 11-26-2017, 07:05 PM   #10
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Or get one right from a school.
I didn't know you could get them directly from schools. If so, I guess I can start looking into nearby districts.
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