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Old 03-08-2017, 04:44 PM   #11
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Thanks for the heads up! We're still big noobs with this whole Skoolie thing so any and all tips/suggestions help.


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Old 03-08-2017, 05:23 PM   #12
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We are still paying off Roxy's student loans from 6 years ago.
I couldn't imagine if she'd used the money for $%^ like buses.
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Old 03-08-2017, 06:25 PM   #13
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We're hoping to spend around $5k-$6k on a bus.
you can probably get the bus for half of that.

Welcome and have fun
Student loans = no no no avoid !

when r we having the next Florida event ?
And can someone find me a freaking bus/van plz
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Old 03-08-2017, 06:29 PM   #14
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If in FL and wanting to spend that on a bus, come look at mine I've got for sale. Its a really nice bus, well equipped.
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Old 03-08-2017, 06:32 PM   #15
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I know theres a thread here somewhere that lists the major auction sites.. most bus auctions are online bidding.. the busses are all over the USA.. not saying you have to do it that way.. or you may not find the bus you want.. its another avenue and option that can potentially save you some money...

you can try seeking the forum for govdeals, public surplus, 422sales, onlinepros, those are the big ones that sell off busses as schools want to unload them.. someone made up a nice thread with the web address for auction sites, i just cant remember the name of the forum thread,
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And let us know next time you're in St. Pete! We'd definitely do lunch and would love to pick your brain. Lol.


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Old 03-08-2017, 06:38 PM   #16
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And let us know next time you're in St. Pete! We'd definitely do lunch and would love to pick your brain. Lol.


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if the home remodeling involves contractors and inspectors, keep the bus use a secret.
you might even not want the bus onsite until the inspectors are not coming around any more.
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Old 03-08-2017, 08:19 PM   #17
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I'll be back there in a couple days... I had planned to be there tomorrow but I needed to hold some business meetings in ohio a couple days longer..

then I plan to be in st pete 2-3 weeks (or maybye longer) .. I do have a site in Orlando that im working on some over the next couple weeks..

one of my busses is down there in st pete.. we can get it out if you like.. (I have it out often).

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Old 03-08-2017, 08:30 PM   #18
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And let us know next time you're in St. Pete! We'd definitely do lunch and would love to pick your brain. Lol.
If you're going after the info in Christopher's brain, you'll need more than a 'pick'.........better bring one of those big ol' honking snow shovels to get all that knowledge out.

The compilation thread you're looking for is in the 'Classified' forum, in the 'non-affiliated buses' thread, page 151, in a post by 'ourmefa'. I'm sure the technology exists to click and drag a link to it, but I'm a technological dinosaur......my forelimbs are too short and my brain is too extinct to grasp it.
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Old 03-09-2017, 01:36 AM   #19
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I admire your confidence and excitement.

Can it be done as you are planning? Absolutely!

Will it be done as you are planning? Absolutely not!

You will find life happens a lot as you go down this road. Unexpected road blocks, detours, and speed bumps will happen. Plan for them so you won't get disheartened, disillusioned, and despondent.

There are a lot of buses for sale out there. Try not limit your search to your end of the country. Through a really wide net out there to find the bus you really want. Going out west to find a bus with tinted glass, white roof, big HP, and luggage compartments will pay off in the long run. So what if it costs you $2K to go out and drive it back to FL. If the total cost is about what you budgeted it is well worth the effort.

I assume you will be trying to do most of the work yourself using the most affordable materials as possible. Spending more for some stuff at the front end will save huge in the out years. Taking the time to pull down the ceiling panels and insulation so you can put better insulation and thermal breaks to keep it cooler in the hot months and warmer in the cool months is one of those do it right the first time sort of projects.

Be creative about finding sources for your materials. You would be amazed at what you can find for sale for cheap or for free in CL listings.

And since you are obviously going to be close to other family members, utilize them as you tear things apart and put things back together.

One thing I suggest to all new convertors is once the seats are out and before you start the conversion, throw some air mattresses in with the Coleman stove and cooler and take the bus out for some long weekends. Lay your floor plan out with painter's tape and cardboard walls. You will be able to determine what will work and what won't work with our design.

This time of the year there are usually RV shows. Go to one or more and tour through all of the different sizes and types of RV's. There are only so many ways in which you can package a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and living room when you have a space that is less than 300 sq ft.

Don't be shy about asking questions, particularly if you find a bus you want. You may think it is the best thing out on the road and it might actually be a great bus. But several of us on here can take one look at the spe'c's and the price and tell you whether it is a pick or a pass. The last thing any of us on here would like to see is for you to spend your $$$ only to have it turn into a disaster for you.

Good luck and keep us posted as to your progress.
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Old 03-09-2017, 01:51 AM   #20
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Here are some western buses you may want to consider:

1994 Blue Bird – 13UB157 | Western Bus Sales
International 1993 AMTRAN
GILLIG 1968 C190-12 I guarantee you will not find another one like this one in FL. Or it is highly unlikely you would find one like it in FL.
Blue Bird 1990 All American
1989 Blue Bird TC – 72 Passenger – Canyon State Bus Sales
https://showroom.auction123.com/rwc_...oup_tucson_bus
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