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Old 12-24-2020, 02:18 PM   #1
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1998 Bluebird CV200 GMT530 6.0L V8 Propane School Bus

This bus (https://www.ebay.ca/itm/1998-Bluebird-CV200-GMT530-6-0L-V8-Propane-School-Bus-Runs-Great-Motorhome-RV/203222565795?hash=item2f510243a3:g:O2AAAOSw5YFf3EN c) is up for auction ending in about 10 hours.

Was hoping to get some opinions. Being propane definitely makes me hesitant. It will used parked in one spot 9 months a year and traveling to the southern US from canada during the winter.

As reference the typical price for a diesel bus of similar age and kms is 8-14k in this area fron what ive seen in private sale in the last 4 months (not auction prices, none have come up for auction that ive seen in bc)
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Old 12-24-2020, 05:16 PM   #2
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It's certainly not expensive...to buy...but I'd really be hard pressed to recommend a propane bus to someone who wants to travel across the US (even in the North/South direction). The "must pick it up and remove it on this coming Monday" restriction is also a concern...are you close enough that it can't become an issue? It sounds like bus options aren't as readily available where you are, but would it make sense to buy a bus in the US and import it to Canada? You can find lots of good diesel options down here...


I definitely don't want to rain on your parade! But the Lacroix Cruisers bought their most recent bus in Arizona and imported it to their home in Canada...so it must be possible/reasonable?
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Old 12-24-2020, 05:32 PM   #3
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Price is right. I wouldn’t do it.
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Old 12-24-2020, 06:51 PM   #4
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It's certainly not expensive...to buy...but I'd really be hard pressed to recommend a propane bus to someone who wants to travel across the US (even in the North/South direction). The "must pick it up and remove it on this coming Monday" restriction is also a concern...are you close enough that it can't become an issue? It sounds like bus options aren't as readily available where you are, but would it make sense to buy a bus in the US and import it to Canada? You can find lots of good diesel options down here...


I definitely don't want to rain on your parade! But the Lacroix Cruisers bought their most recent bus in Arizona and imported it to their home in Canada...so it must be possible/reasonable?
Yea you kind of summarize my concerns. Think it would be hard to make it run on both gasoline and propane with two tanks and flipping a switch? I know nothing of propane conversions.

As far as i know Canadians arent allowed to drive to the US for non-essential reasons right now and it will probably be that way for a long time to come. Otherwise that would be an option.
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Old 12-24-2020, 10:12 PM   #5
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You mean buying a bus isn't essential?! That's just wrong...
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