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Old 04-13-2019, 01:47 PM   #1
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High Priced Skoolies? Are they worth it?

I see some partially or totally finished skoolies for sale for between 30K-50K...

Please tell me your thoughts...Are these people crazy asking these prices for an old school bus with some interior work.....

I can't believe these buses are worth that type of money....I mean how much does it really cost to put some wood, a fridge, a stove, etc etc....in an old bus....

Am I crazy for thinking this people are out of their minds wanting this much for the buses?
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Old 04-13-2019, 01:52 PM   #2
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would all depend on how luxuriously they finished the bus - most, no, but I've seen the odd converted coach that sold for a $1/4 million
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Old 04-13-2019, 01:59 PM   #3
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Like this one for example...i think the price is crazy

https://www.tinyhomebuilders.com/tin...f9FbCFaFsHYAWo
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Old 04-13-2019, 02:12 PM   #4
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I see some partially or totally finished skoolies for sale for between 30K-50K...



Please tell me your thoughts...Are these people crazy asking these prices for an old school bus with some interior work.....



I can't believe these buses are worth that type of money....I mean how much does it really cost to put some wood, a fridge, a stove, etc etc....in an old bus....



Am I crazy for thinking this people are out of their minds wanting this much for the buses?


A quality conversion is way more than some wood and appliances. There is a lot of engineering and multiple systems to not only design, but design and implement safely.

I spent the better part of a year putting in near full time hours and spent $25k on mine. Itís both a house and a vehicle, and has all the systems of both...plus quite a few that neither normal houses nor normal vehicles have.

Whether or not it is worth that much time and money is debatable, but people for sure do invest the time and money that would justify wanting to ask those kinds of prices.
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Old 04-13-2019, 02:19 PM   #5
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Your question is like asking how much is a house, it's just a bunch of sticks put together with stuff inside. I would not be opposed to paying $30 for the right build if I couldn't do it myself.
That bus doesn't look like the floor or ceiling was pulled and insulation added, kind of a waste to do the walls and not the biggest heat source. Also has an Allison 4sp, probably an AT545, not very desirable.
Not the best quality work. I would price that bus around $10K at best.
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Old 04-13-2019, 02:23 PM   #6
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l agree - I'm no carpenter but my joints look better than those in this bus
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Old 04-13-2019, 02:24 PM   #7
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I got it,,,,

Yeah I know there is a lot involved...Its just that I see these buses that don't even look that nice and these people are asking big money...I know its takes alot of hours of labor but are the costs for parts and materials that high? Im thinking 5K for a good bus and if you spent 10K on everything else you could have a very nice bus...not including the labor.....

But some of these raggedy looking buses and they are wanting 30K....

I mean when you sell a car/bus/anythjing....you usually dont get back for all the labor and extra's you put into it....

Just thought some of these prices were ridiculous...
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Old 04-13-2019, 02:30 PM   #8
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Yeah I know there is a lot involved...Its just that I see these buses that don't even look that nice and these people are asking big money...I know its takes alot of hours of labor but are the costs for parts and materials that high? Im thinking 5K for a good bus and if you spent 10K on everything else you could have a very nice bus...not including the labor.....

But some of these raggedy looking buses and they are wanting 30K....

I mean when you sell a car/bus/anythjing....you usually dont get back for all the labor and extra's you put into it....

Just thought some of these prices were ridiculous...
a decently done skoolie may not be worth what a new sticks and staples motorhome or trailer costs, but 10 or 15 years down the road, provided proper care has been taken, the skoolie is still worth almost as much as it was when it was first built, and the stapled trailer/motor home may not even be on the road
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Old 04-13-2019, 02:39 PM   #9
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Agreed. I'm no cabinetry cat, but I spent more than a minute or 2 on my joins.

Hopefully ECCB'll check in, as our resident expert on joints...
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l agree - I'm no carpenter but my joints look better than those in this bus
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Yeah I know there is a lot involved...Its just that I see these buses that don't even look that nice and these people are asking big money...I know its takes alot of hours of labor but are the costs for parts and materials that high? Im thinking 5K for a good bus and if you spent 10K on everything else you could have a very nice bus...not including the labor.....

But some of these raggedy looking buses and they are wanting 30K....

I mean when you sell a car/bus/anythjing....you usually dont get back for all the labor and extra's you put into it....

Just thought some of these prices were ridiculous...
Sure, you wouldn't pay someone $30k for something you can build yourself for $15. But what about the person who wants one but has no tools, no skills, no knowledge of how to build one. Just like every new vehicle they have a mark up for profit. Some don't take into consideration what the 100's of hours of our own labor is worth. That sample you posted I also noticed it only has 1-100w solar panel, seriously lacking for a full build. For $30K I would expect a massive solar system. Some sellers list real high hoping someone will offer them half that and they still get more than they really needed. They are taking offers. They'll come way down when they see all their offers are a 1/3 of what they are asking.
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