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Old 04-13-2017, 01:34 PM   #11
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Rhonda, If you can travel to get a bus, and enjoy long trips, Govdeal.com just listed some real nice Chevy 3500s in Tennessee. 2003s-05s, all are low miles gassers. My guess is these are what you should be looking at. I know if the timing was better for me, I'd be on one of them, like a 'duck on a June bug'.
SHHHhhhhhh! Quiet!
I've already bid on THREE of em!
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Old 04-13-2017, 01:41 PM   #12
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Rhonda, If you can travel to get a bus, and enjoy long trips, Govdeal.com just listed some real nice Chevy 3500s in Tennessee. 2003s-05s, all are low miles gassers. My guess is these are what you should be looking at. I know if the timing was better for me, I'd be on one of them, like a 'duck on a June bug'.
I checked out the new listings. These Chevy's are only two hours from my dad and brother in Tennessee. I am going to have them go take a look at them.

The pictures make them look pretty clean and rust free.

As far as body style and length, this is what I was looking for. Going to be used mostly as a weekend camper.

Thanks for the help!!
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I checked out the new listings. These Chevy's are only two hours from my dad and brother in Tennessee. I am going to have them go take a look at them.

The pictures make them look pretty clean and rust free.

As far as body style and length, this is what I was looking for. Going to be used mostly as a weekend camper.

Thanks for the help!!
I'd go for it. They're nice buses.
As mentioned, I've bid on three of em. Try not to go against c................m, that's how my screen name appears on GD.
My plan is to use one on the lawn route (for real this time) and one my boss wants to build into a bonafide "tiny house". The other would be a quick ebay/CL flip so I can buy some more bus stuff for my RYO project.
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Old 04-13-2017, 02:05 PM   #14
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I checked out the new listings. These Chevy's are only two hours from my dad and brother in Tennessee. I am going to have them go take a look at them.

The pictures make them look pretty clean and rust free.

As far as body style and length, this is what I was looking for. Going to be used mostly as a weekend camper.

Thanks for the help!!
Rhonda, I believe Katy Independent School District west of Houston is getting ready to have an Auction.
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Unfortunately the Katy shorties are all worthless according to an inside source.

Go for the NICE 2005 with the low mileage 6.0 gas engine in TN. will be PERFECT for what you wanna do.
I have this engine in my work truck with 240,000++ miles on it going STRONG still. Pulling a HUGE trailer everywhere it goes every day.
I bid on the two that are at 1100 each currently. Reserve not met... yet. And I bid on the one that's got no reserve but 91k on the odo.
That 05 looks NICE.
Can't wait to hear what you find out about these!!! I want at least two if I can get em at the right price!
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I won't bid against you. I think they look like a good first bus for me.

Just curious, do you know how much shipping a bus from Tn to California might cost(roughly?)?

Do they sell the buses even if the reserve is not meet?

Fuel milage?

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Sometimes buses are sold when the reserve isn't met, but not that often.

I think the shipping would likely cost more than you're hoping to pay for the bus. That's over 2k miles and shippers are usually well over a dollar per mile. You could drive it yourself though. That first long drive is a rough way to get into a bus if you're not used to dealing with diesels, but not impossible.

I'm sure you've already been told about how to check to see if your bus will comply with the Cal air polution standards.
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I haven't gotten any information or advice on the CA air pollution standards. Is there a way to check the bus using a VIN number?
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Try Gates Vin decoder. I don't remember the exact sight, so google it. Copy and paste the VIN and get some good info. HOWEVER my gut feeling is that no one outside of Calif. has the strict emission controls that they do. Do some homework on the requirements in Calif. and what it may cost you to add them. If your Dad or brother would title them in Tenn. you could avoid that whole mess.
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I won't bid against you. I think they look like a good first bus for me.

Just curious, do you know how much shipping a bus from Tn to California might cost(roughly?)?

Do they sell the buses even if the reserve is not meet?

Fuel milage?

Thanks!
12-14 mpg would be my guess.
IDK but shipping any bus is expensive. Better just to drive it. Will get to know it real well that way.
These look like a PERFECT bus for a weekend warrior like yourself. THe 6.0 gas GM engines are AWESOME.
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