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Old 03-31-2018, 06:23 PM   #1
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Rear engine flat nose suggestions?

I've decided on a rear engine flat nose school bus. Any suggestions for make and model or year? Trying to keep it under $5,000.
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Old 03-31-2018, 10:16 PM   #2
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I've decided on a rear engine flat nose school bus. Any suggestions for make and model or year? Trying to keep it under $5,000.
Lots out there. Depending on length, Thomas MPV-RE, or Bluebird All American A3RE. Between 95-04 is what I decided were the most plentiful for your requirements. Those can be had for $1500- $3k, depending on how long you want to look. I just won a Thomas MVP-FE 40' for $2425 at auction.
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Old 03-31-2018, 11:23 PM   #3
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Where are you? If you're on the left coast there are some buses available there that you won't find elsewhere, such as Gillig Phantoms and Crown Supercoach IIs, along with occasional old-style Crown pushers.

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Old 04-01-2018, 12:05 AM   #4
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Depending on power-train and overall condition, those buses may go higher than that.

I paid $4000 and was lucky to get it.
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Nice score. I'm not sure I want the drive shaft though.
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Old 04-01-2018, 07:55 PM   #6
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Atlanta. There's a place in Tampa I see a lot on Craigslist.
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Old 04-01-2018, 10:59 PM   #7
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Atlanta. There's a place in Tampa I see a lot on Craigslist.
You'll pay twice what the bus is actually worth if you buy from Tampa Bus Sales, though i hear they have good customer service.
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He 01Marc, how are you feeling? Hope you are doing well. Did you ever get you bus delivered?

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You'll pay twice what the bus is actually worth if you buy from Tampa Bus Sales, though i hear they have good customer service.
That sucks if true. Looked like they had a few that were reasonable.
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Old 04-02-2018, 09:42 AM   #10
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That sucks if true. Looked like they had a few that were reasonable.
Well they are dealer prices.

Buses aren't that much different to cars except people generally have less idea what they are really worth.

Dealers have costs that they have to cover, and some dealers cover them better than others.

If a dealer pays $4000 for a bus they are going to want at least $8000 for it although they may settle for $6500. Even that difference would pay for a decent solar installation.
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That sucks if true. Looked like they had a few that were reasonable.
They buy them at the same auctions we all do.
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Sorry for the hijack.

He 01Marc, how are you feeling? Hope you are doing well. Did you ever get you bus delivered?

later J
Try to keep the hijack short. 2.5 weeks out of surgery and I feel much better. They didn't want to clear me for driving for 6-8 weeks. I asked my brother, who is a Physicians Assistant about driving and said as long as I felt okay to drive, and I wasn't on any opioids (i'm not), then go ahead and drive. So I started driving last Wed. I am just now able to cash a small inheritance check today, will book a flight on Wed. to pick up the bus around 8 days later. I ready, but this heart deal sure put a damper on my enthusiasm for building a bus at the time. But I'm up and about and ready to hit the gym on Wed.and get feeling better than I have in a couple of years.
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Try to keep the hijack short. 2.5 weeks out of surgery and I feel much better. They didn't want to clear me for driving for 6-8 weeks. I asked my brother, who is a Physicians Assistant about driving and said as long as I felt okay to drive, and I wasn't on any opioids (i'm not), then go ahead and drive. So I started driving last Wed. I am just now able to cash a small inheritance check today, will book a flight on Wed. to pick up the bus around 8 days later. I ready, but this heart deal sure put a damper on my enthusiasm for building a bus at the time. But I'm up and about and ready to hit the gym on Wed.and get feeling better than I have in a couple of years.
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