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Old 04-27-2016, 11:10 PM   #1
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Bunk bed bus build out

Hi everyone.

Looking to buy a family bus/RV for a family of 5. Anybody see's anything please let me know.
eBay, Craigslist, etc and links are helpful.

I need it for Full time living for a year,
I'm doing Airbnb in my building and need a place to bounce back and forth in the meantime.

Peace and hope you can help!!

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Old 04-28-2016, 12:38 AM   #2
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For 5 people, huh? Have you got a bus picked out yet? What are your preferences.
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Old 04-28-2016, 02:58 AM   #3
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I found one earler I can't find again. Thought it was kinda nice.
I've been using search tempest

But these I did find.

https://annarbor.craigslist.org/rvs/5531566046.html

Bus converted to camper for sale
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Old 04-28-2016, 08:13 AM   #4
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Good morning!!!
Thanks for the input so far!
I'm looking for a

1995 and newer.
Automatic
40 ft'
Or something with potential works also!
Peace
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Old 04-28-2016, 08:50 AM   #5
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Hi everyone.

Looking to buy a family bus/RV for a family of 5. Anybody see's anything please let me know.
eBay, Craigslist, etc and links are helpful.

I need it for Full time living for a year,
I'm doing Airbnb in my building and need a place to bounce back and forth in the meantime.

Peace and hope you can help!!
What part of the country are you in, or are you willing to travel anywhere to get one?
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Old 04-28-2016, 09:40 AM   #6
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Yep!
Coming from the Midwest, Chicago.
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Old 04-28-2016, 10:30 AM   #7
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This one is still available.


Tiny house Bus

How do you feel about this one?
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Old 04-28-2016, 04:10 PM   #8
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Have you looked on Public Surplus? Search Tempest does not show any PS auctions.
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Old 04-28-2016, 06:56 PM   #9
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No I haven't!
But I'll Check it out now!
Thanks
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Old 04-28-2016, 07:40 PM   #10
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Welcome and why 95+?
Best bet would this:

Diesel
Pre electronic engine
Auto preferred, no AT545

Perfect bus...choose length...easy
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Old 04-28-2016, 08:54 PM   #11
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So it sounds like you're looking for a '98 or older. Probably a pusher with lots of ponies, and yes avoid any 545 trans.
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Old 04-29-2016, 12:11 PM   #12
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Ok, I've been looking not much on the market.
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Old 04-29-2016, 04:09 PM   #13
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If you can narrow down what you're looking for, to fulfill your family's needs, you'll get a fair amount of help from here. You're guaranteed to get a better bus by learning what's good and what's bad. Or if you're an expert, you can help us.
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Old 04-29-2016, 05:16 PM   #14
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Ha, No expert at all on this subject, just learning... ��
Not sure on specifics, but in the ball park of...

1. 40 feet'
2. Automatic
3. Need to have a solid engine!
4. Storage
5. On demand water here!
6. 220-300 of useable square feet!
7. And a budget of $5,000-$15,000

That's all I can think of at the moment Robin.
Peace out!
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Old 04-29-2016, 06:32 PM   #15
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An 84 passenger bus will equate to approximately 240 sq ft of usable interior floor space. A Front Engine (FE) transit style bus will be slightly less than that, due to dog house intrusion.

Most buses now have automatic transmissions as standard equipment.

Water supply can be customized, and, if you're lucky, you'll find one with basement compartments.

Try http://midwesttransit.comm for one source. Mostly, they're around mid-continent.
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Old 04-29-2016, 07:12 PM   #16
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Hey Cap, we call that a coffee table.
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Old 04-30-2016, 12:00 AM   #17
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wesellbuses

1999 Int'l AmTran FE DT466E Diesel Auto Air Brakes 14 Row@ BGA School Buses, Inc. Hudson, FL

Can I get some input on this bus here, I like it I just feel its kind of price high.
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Old 04-30-2016, 12:05 AM   #18
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1997 Blue Bird Bus Tc2000, Zionsville IN - 117996489 - CommercialTruckTrader.com
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Old 04-30-2016, 12:22 AM   #19
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1997 THOMAS SCHOOL BUS- GREAT RV PROJECT!

1998 Thomas Bus - build your own RV

93 Thomas school bus


1992 Thomas Saf-T-Liner ER 84 Passenger School Bus

Any chance of pulling the trigger on any of these buses?
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Old 04-30-2016, 02:24 AM   #20
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I got mine from midwest transportation equipment. They are a big on the pricey side but you can get a decent bus out of them. As long as you know what to look for. The price tags listed are not what you should pay. Mine was listed 4500 and i got it for 4000(3700) with everything but plates. Next always check if they have repair/maint history. If they do, you will probably pay more for the bus. Rick is the salesman there. Tell him if you go that you heard about them from this forum...might get you a better deal. Good luck!
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