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Old 04-16-2016, 09:42 AM   #1
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I am new to Skoolie. I just bought a 1996 international for the purpose of using as a moving truck because a uhaul would cost about the same. I would love some advice on getting from Virginia back home to Oregon and what to with the bus when we get there. Thanks.
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Old 04-16-2016, 11:10 AM   #2
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I am new to Skoolie. I just bought a 1996 international for the purpose of using as a moving truck because a uhaul would cost about the same. I would love some advice on getting from Virginia back home to Oregon and what to with the bus when we get there. Thanks.
Finish gutting it and turn it into an RV or tiny home. The sky is, truly, the limit when converting old buses
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Old 04-16-2016, 12:07 PM   #3
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Well Poppy, depending on what you paid for the bus and if you're not interested in keeping it you might be able to get your money back, minus fuel and insurance costs.
I've had a five window bus packed like a suitcase before. You can put a lot of stuff in an empty bus, but in retrospect I'd leave several seats to act like baffles to hold heavier items from sliding forward.

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I did exactly the same thing when my mother-in-law died unexpectedly. The cost of the bus was more than $3K less than a used U-Haul truck with the same engine and transmission with 2x the number of miles.

Not only did we have to clean out the house and prepare it for sale but of course we had to transport from MI to WA state lots of "treasures", including two cats.

I removed all but the first and second rows of seats but turned the first row around backwards so I had a "bed" to sleep on while going across country.

Once I got the bus home to WA I have used it as a movable shed.

I suppose the smart thing to do would be to finally empty it out of all of the "treasures", it has been almost nine years, and sell it. But with it parked out behind the shop it is out of sight and out of mind most of the time.

My 7-year old daughter considers it her bus so I may just keep it for her and let her decide what to do with it.
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Old 04-16-2016, 10:29 PM   #5
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My current bus actually cost more than a conex storage container this time. Being a movable storage unit is about the best thing about my previous buses. I can't keep everything in this one.
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Hi,
I am new to Skoolie. I just bought a 1996 international for the purpose of using as a moving truck because a uhaul would cost about the same. I would love some advice on getting from Virginia back home to Oregon and what to with the bus when we get there. Thanks.
if you dont want your bus when you get done moving, then id plan on trying to do everything in the realm of a 30 day tag.. so you dont have to deal with registration BS..

get a COMMERCIAL insurance policy on it from say progressive or other carriers..

then simply load up and drive your bus..

if you must buy a registration tag you may end up getting saddled with CDL vs commercial vehucle etc.. I dont know virginia law and how hard it is to re-title and register as an RV.. there are threads about it here.. but first shot be reading up on the DMV site for virginia (where its current address is)..

if you can get it converted to an RV title and registered as such without having to get it inspected as an RV (its an RV build in progress).. then you have plenty of time to load, move and unlooad in your new state.

once you are done you can simply sell it.. if its in good shape and all the seats are removed (or most of them).. someone very well may want it for conversion to an RV.. or you may want it to do such for yourself..

busses make great moving vans and certainly have the capacity to handle moving..

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Poppy - exactly the plan I have been considering, though with me it's Virginia to Idaho. Moving company costs for two bedrooms worth of stuff is on the order of $4-5K. Seems I could nearly cover the costs for a bus and the diesel. Then sell in Idaho or keep as an RV. Looking at bus prices on Craigslist here and there, it seems that west coast buses are quite a bit more expensive.

Only problem I have is door dimensions: we have my dad's piano that we want to move. No bus yet, so maybe I'll make a cardboard cutout of the end of the piano to take with me when inspecting a possible purchase. Comments welcome, of course.

Yes, I do plan on securing the piano well for transport: I've seen too many Roadrunner cartoons.
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Only problem I have is door dimensions: we have my dad's piano that we want to move. No bus yet, so maybe I'll make a cardboard cutout of the end of the piano to take with me when inspecting a possible purchase. Comments welcome, of course.
In that case, look for an Conventional or front-engined Type D (transit), so that you have the rear emergency door.
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Old 04-18-2016, 10:33 PM   #9
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Cdl ?

My bus has a GVWR OF 27500. If it is my personal vehicle used for personal use do I need a CDL? It does not have air brakes.
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Without air brakes you are allowed to drive it without any special endorsements on your license. It's like a truck or van.
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