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Old 07-20-2015, 11:38 AM   #1
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What did i just get myself into?

Ok,

Been lurking around this site for a while and finally pulled the trigger on a bus auction and won.

Montgomery County Public Schools: 2001 Thomas MVP ER, bus has 55K miles showing on the odometer.

My fiance and I are super excited to finally have a bus!
Will be doing the conversion in our driveway all but one neighbor has has said awesome (we do not know about the other, hopefully they are cool about it)

My first question: How the heck do I get it to my house as i live in NJ which is around 150-200 miles away?

Anyhow thanks for the motivation to finally do this, was just a passing though 5 years ago.
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Old 07-20-2015, 11:48 AM   #2
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Ok,

Been lurking around this site for a while and finally pulled the trigger on a bus auction and won.

Montgomery County Public Schools: 2001 Thomas MVP ER, bus has 55K miles showing on the odometer.

My fiance and I are super excited to finally have a bus!
Will be doing the conversion in our driveway all but one neighbor has has said awesome (we do not know about the other, hopefully they are cool about it)

My first question: How the heck do I get it to my house as i live in NJ which is around 150-200 miles away?

Anyhow thanks for the motivation to finally do this, was just a passing though 5 years ago.
congrats!

it's all good till you wake up one morning and see this on side of bus

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Old 07-20-2015, 12:14 PM   #3
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Ok,

Been lurking around this site for a while and finally pulled the trigger on a bus auction and won.

Montgomery County Public Schools: 2001 Thomas MVP ER, bus has 55K miles showing on the odometer.

My fiance and I are super excited to finally have a bus!
Will be doing the conversion in our driveway all but one neighbor has has said awesome (we do not know about the other, hopefully they are cool about it)

My first question: How the heck do I get it to my house as i live in NJ which is around 150-200 miles away?

Anyhow thanks for the motivation to finally do this, was just a passing though 5 years ago.
You get it home by driving it!
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Old 07-20-2015, 12:15 PM   #4
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I had a note that said "The hood doesn't care for your bus." Another douche let the air out of two tires on another car.
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Old 07-20-2015, 01:19 PM   #5
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My first question: How the heck do I get it to my house as i live in NJ which is around 150-200 miles away?
Drive it. I picked up my bus from a town in another state. It was almost 300 miles away, so me/my wife/my father-in-law drove close to 600 miles and spent a saturday picking up our bus.
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Old 07-20-2015, 02:05 PM   #6
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I have to figure the insurance thing out and i am in NJ, oh what fun. i would love to drive it home, but do i need a CDL. The police are very strict here
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Old 07-20-2015, 03:14 PM   #7
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Please don't take this hard, I mean no offense-
But why not figure all of this out before buying one?

Try getting ahold of Scooter, he's in NJ.
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Old 07-20-2015, 03:50 PM   #8
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EastcoastCB,

I just have to figure out the insurance part, Have a buddy with a CDL to drive it. Sometimes you have to jump right in and figure the details out later. T
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Old 07-20-2015, 03:55 PM   #9
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check with your insurance agent. here in colorado, your car insurance extends a binder on a new vehicle, 1-2 weeks from the date on the bill of sale.

if you already have auto insurance, you probably just need a legal bill of sale to drive it home.
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Old 07-20-2015, 04:00 PM   #10
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Sorry, its just that I got really upside down with my first bus doing that.
Lots of folks lurk on here and it seems now folks are converting school buses all over the place, which is a good thing. In the interest of anyone reading along I incur all interested in bus buying to iron out all the details first as it can really be tough to deal with down the road.

Not trying to be a butt head or anything...
Hell even with LOTS of planning I still drove my current bus 800 miles home with no tag!
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