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Old 02-09-2015, 09:24 AM   #1
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Smile Frankly, I don't care.

This is something I posted on another forum in response to something about owning a bus isn't cheap.

I don't have very much money, never have had. Someone recently asked why I didn't just buy a motorhome. I may be plodding along on my conversion, but it's all paid for. I can wait until I have enough money to pay for what ever new project I am working on. If I had some kind of monthly payment that sucker comes every month no matter what. I don't even keep track of what I have spent. Who cares? It would probably scare me. It isn't fancy, there are a lot of the "fancy" buses/motorhomes that I don't care for. It does however, have things not found in a lot of the fancy units. I may spend more on trial and error and failed attempts trying to build something that I have seen and could have bought but, then again, who cares? I may drool over some cool thing that you have in your bus. Will I go out and buy one? No, but I may spend months trying to make one. I'm putting all of the things I've learned how to do in the first 65 years, into something I want to do. I do try to use the best of things that I can afford or make. I don't like plastic so, I try to make it out of something else. It might not be the best that YOU can afford, but I'm not trying to please you, or sell it to you. My bus sits in the driveway where I can see it out the bathroom window. Every time I look out there, even in the middle of the night, I think "that is really cool, I built that"
I have some systems that aren't the most efficient, I know that, I worked with what I could get or had and, they work. That pile of "junk" my wife occasionally mentions is getting smaller.

I don't see the wisdom of doing something a certain way so that it will be worth more when you sell it. I'm not doing it for them, I'm doing it for me. I don't sell things, ask my wife. I see TV shows where people have their house appraised then do some sort of remodel and have it appraised again. They are all happy that it gets appraised higher and are then told that they "made" x amount of dollars. Unless the appraiser hands them the new amount, they haven't made anything, they spent money. True, they may have added value but, if they live there ten years it will have to be redone anyway. Apparently anything over ten years old is "too" dated and couldn't possibly be left that way.

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Old 02-09-2015, 09:28 AM   #2
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couldn't agree more.
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:37 AM   #3
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I chalk a lot of their comments up to envy. Your comment about plastic hits home. I don't want to buy something that someone else designed and decided what was right. I want to decide and do the work so I know it was what I wanted and not something made of plastic that has to be resealed every year. Ever pull up next to Mr and Mrs Prevost at an intersection? I want a sign to hold up that says, "Got Payments?"
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:48 AM   #4
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I pulled up next to Mr Prevost yesterday. I actually thought " Oh hell I wish I'd talked my parents into buying one of those when they got that gas rv on a ford chassis".
I do get your point though.

Thanks to the Mt Dora Art Show we actually has some really nice coaches and buses in town for the weekend. That Prevost was pretty sweet actually. It looked liek a brand new multi-hundred thousand dollar rig, but the owner had actaully made his own "bra" for the front with zip ties and corrugated plastic. I thought it was pretty cool!
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Old 02-09-2015, 10:38 AM   #5
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That sounds like prevost envy! No thanks. When the banjos start, I don't want to be around one of those rigs.
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:13 PM   #6
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mmmm i love banjos too.
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Old 02-09-2015, 03:25 PM   #7
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/1992-PREVOST...35482&pt=Buses
I'd sure like to be behind the wheel of something like this if needing to drive a couple thousand miles at a time. I'll likely not have that kind of cash anytime soon, hence the $2300 Ward.
I love my bus, don't get me wrong. I'm just saying that to me a bus is a bus, and if I were going to spend a whole lot of money, I'd start with a coach bus.
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:42 PM   #8
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"I don't see the wisdom of doing something a certain way so that it will be worth more when you sell it. I'm not doing it for them, I'm doing it for me."

I couldn't agree more. Stupid-ass RE agents encourage you to paint and remodel for some phantom buyer of the future. Don't listen!

I will comment, however, that a young man of 20 can buy a home, remodel kitchen and bath, etc, increasing the value $250,000 in two years. He can then sell it and keep the capital gains TAX-FREE, then buy a bigger home, increase the value $250,000 in two years, and sell it, kekeping the capital gain TAX-FREE.

If he's married (not recommended) he can keep some $500,000 TAX-FREE.

Whichever you choose, it's much better than working for a living 9 to 5, and even better than restoring an old bus.
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:43 PM   #9
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A family friend works at the following place. They gut, cut and customize Prevosts etc. for special clients.

http://floridacoach.com/
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A family friend works at the following place. They gut, cut and customize Prevosts etc. for special clients.

http://floridacoach.com/
You get any help from that friend? Maybe get some deals on some scratch and dent parts??
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