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Old 12-02-2015, 04:11 AM   #1
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How does this look to you?

Hey guys,

Been looking at this site for awhile, and am looking at converting or buying a converted school bus sometime in the next few years when I move back to the USA. I am trying to get a feel for things right now. What does this look like to you experts? Is the price too high? I am completely new to this.

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Old 12-02-2015, 07:42 AM   #2
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The ad says it's 200 square feet, but that's untrue. I only count 8 windows. That's less than 150 square feet. 200 square feet is in the 11-13 window range. Windows are between 2' and 2.5' long. The bus is about 7.5' wide on the inside (maybe even less depending on if you're gonna insulate more).

Also, most people here would tell you to avoid a gas engine.

I'd say for $15k and 6-12 months of hard work on weekends you could have something much nicer than that.
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Old 12-02-2015, 08:30 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info! Unfortunately, I doubt I'll have 6-12 months of opportunity to work on weekends, and would prefer to buy one that's mostly complete.

While I'm pretty good with carpentry and decent with electrical, I'm not great with plumbing, and a complete idiot when it comes to autos

I can modify an interior somewhat, but would prefer not to start from scratch.
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Old 12-02-2015, 11:24 AM   #4
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Too much money for what you get. Porta potty and solar shower. Don't really see a bathroom in any pictures.
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Old 12-02-2015, 11:56 AM   #5
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a complete idiot when it comes to autos
I'm afraid, that has a great possibility of biting you, if you buy a bus.
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Old 12-02-2015, 12:44 PM   #6
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I'm afraid, that has a great possibility of biting you, if you buy a bus.
....sigh... I'm sure it does. Ah well, I can dream, I suppose.
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Old 12-02-2015, 01:58 PM   #7
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....sigh... I'm sure it does. Ah well, I can dream, I suppose.
He is not trying to dash your dreams. Just letting you know that you will pay through the nose for repairs if you can't do things yourself.
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Old 12-02-2015, 02:56 PM   #8
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There are VERY few folks here who came into the Skoolie thing as gas or diesel mechanics. Myself...I am still very early into the learning stages of the whole diesel thing. I have found that if you just concentrate on finding out what you can about whatever engine is in your rig, you can quickly pick up on it's particular quirks & issues. Good news is, the internet has made the whole process of finding answers to such things quite easy. You may never get a job as a certified technician, but you should be able to handle the most common issues. Go for it.
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Old 12-02-2015, 04:40 PM   #9
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Pictures don't show everything, poor workmanship, water damage, underneath condition etc. could be good but I myself would like to look at it closer.

As far as the engine/drive train part of it, my step son is a diesel mechanic with an interest in using it.....bonus!
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Old 12-03-2015, 12:31 AM   #10
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I'm willing to pay a few thousand for upgrades/repairs - I just don't want to get screwed. I guess, just like with cars, I'd need to find a diesel mechanic I trust, and use him (or her) as an advisor on purchases as well.

...or just hire someone to buy the bus, fix it up, and get it all ready for me to do the finishing. I've been craving a long unplugged road trip lately...

I'm very impressed by the level of ingenuity, commitment, and creativity I've seen on this site so far - your ability levels are as intimidating as the prospect of converting a bus myself.
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