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Old 01-12-2018, 11:16 PM   #1
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Hey everyone,

I've been lurking for a while as I've been prepping for getting a bus and building a skoolie for my Wife and I to live full-time as we travel the country looking where to take root (if at all ). I do have a bunch of questions, but I'm sure I can space them out in future posts, but I did have one I wanna ask here:

Where are people getting their buses? I keep seeing people talking about paying between $1,500-$5,000 for them, but I can't seem to find any except beat Craigslist ones for that price range. A lot of sites are selling $10,000-$18,000 which seems extremely excessive.

ideally, based on research, I think I'd want a 40' rear engine with an 8.3 cummins with a 4.1 gear ratio. I'd want it to be as tall as possible since I don't want to do a roof raise. I know that's not necessarily going to happen, but would like to check as many of those boxes as possible.

This place has been great!
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:21 PM   #2
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:55 PM   #3
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Hey everyone,

I've been lurking for a while as I've been prepping for getting a bus and building a skoolie for my Wife and I to live full-time as we travel the country looking where to take root (if at all ). I do have a bunch of questions, but I'm sure I can space them out in future posts, but I did have one I wanna ask here:

Where are people getting their buses? I keep seeing people talking about paying between $1,500-$5,000 for them, but I can't seem to find any except beat Craigslist ones for that price range. A lot of sites are selling $10,000-$18,000 which seems extremely excessive.

ideally, based on research, I think I'd want a 40' rear engine with an 8.3 cummins with a 4.1 gear ratio. I'd want it to be as tall as possible since I don't want to do a roof raise. I know that's not necessarily going to happen, but would like to check as many of those boxes as possible.

This place has been great!
Thanks
If the 8.3 Cummins comes with an MD3060 transmission, you don't want a 4.1 final drive ... You want closer to 5, and if 6th can be unlocked you want between 5 and 6.

It's the complete combo of ratios that matters and not just the fd ratio.

The better prices are coming from auction sites like:

govdeals.com
publicsurplus.com
purplewave.com
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