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Old 07-24-2017, 01:12 PM   #1
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Transporting a Bus from East to West Coast

Hello all,

I've searched a bit on the site and haven't found much beyond this thread (http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f13/tr...les-13149.html) so I'm writing here. Any help/advice is very much appreciated.

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I am in the process of converting a 1987 Ford B700 bus. I'll be finished up with the conversion in the Fall. In May of 2018 I'll be moving from my current location in Floyd, VA back home to WA state near Bellingham. At present, my bus isn't registered and I don't intend to drive it anywhere; rather, this bus is being used as a residence while I build a cabin back in WA state.

The mechanics on the bus are ok; however, I doubt that without a serious amount of work that the bus could be rendered road-ready for a 3000 mile cross-country beginning-of-summer trip. So, with all that being said, I'm seriously considering just shipping the bus back to WA state and driving it the 5 miles or so from the nearest city of size (Bellingham) to my property.

Does anyone have any leads on 1) who might transport the bus? 2) how much such a transport might cost? 3) what is the best way to go about this process?

Thanks so much in advance for any information you can provide. I look forward to your replies and wisdom!
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Old 07-24-2017, 01:13 PM   #2
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Old 07-27-2017, 12:46 PM   #3
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Any Other Advice?

I've posted a listing on uShip (https://www.uship.com/shipment/Need-...-to/223106175/) but no one has bid on it yet.

Anyone else have any advice on how to transport a schoolbus 2700 miles? Thanks in advance for any tips, y'all!
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Old 07-27-2017, 01:01 PM   #5
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It'd probably be much cheaper to get it running good and drive it. Not to mention way more fun
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Pay someone to drive it.
Shipping a bus is ridiculously cost-prohibitive, imo.
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Just wondering what is wrong with it?
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lots of independent truckers would haul it on flatbed... would be cheaper if you got someone who hauled some equipment close to you from oregon or washington state and had no back haul. We have used some guys east of bend ore to pick up auction equipment on their back hauls to oregon,..
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Old 07-27-2017, 06:16 PM   #10
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Just wondering what is wrong with it?
That's a good question. It starts fast, idles fine and seems to run ok. It has the Detroit Diesel 8.2L in it . . . which gets (at best) mixed reviews. I plan on dropping the tank, replacing with fresh fuel, changing the fuel filters and possibly replacing the injectors. It does also need 2 tires.

I'm capable of doing everything except the injectors on my own. I've read horror stories about doing the injectors on the 8.2L "Fuel Pincher" . . . but $~800 in parts + as much in labor (is that even close to how much it would cost?) + fuel for the trip still seems cheaper than $5500ish to ship.

All that being said, it does seem cheaper to drive it . . . I'm just worried about having a complete meltdown before I get to WA; further, if I ship it I don't have to worry about getting it titled/registred/etc. Not a huge deal, but something nevertheless. I guess I'll get AAA RV (any idea if they're into buses?) and hope for the best!
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