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Old 02-14-2021, 08:50 AM   #1
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I canít find what Iím looking for

Hey all. First post ever. My family is looking to start our Skoolie build. We are only a couple of years away from all of our children being out of the home so my wife and I are looking for a 30-35 foot flat nose bus but we canít find them anywhere. Do they make a flat nose in that size?

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Old 02-14-2021, 09:00 AM   #2
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Absolutely! Where are you located and how far are you prepared/willing to travel to shop for your bus?
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Old 02-14-2021, 09:39 AM   #3
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Also, to clarify, do you know if you want a front engine or rear engine bus? Rear engine buses under 35 feet seem to be a rarity but front engine are fairly common in all lengths.
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Old 02-14-2021, 09:52 AM   #4
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Yes we are wanting a puller because we want to maintain a rear door to the skoolie. We are located in Louisiana but would travel anywhere for the right bus.
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Old 02-21-2021, 08:24 PM   #5
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I have a 35 pusher. Seats are out. Floor is insulated with new plywood that looks like wood flooring. It has a few kitchen cabinets and a couch. Tong and groove pine on the lower walls up to the widows. The bus is supper clean. It would be easy to finish as long as you don't plan on removing the metal ceiling, which I would not due, because it is a part of the safety roll over construction and protects the occupants in a wreck. $12000 in Florence Oregon.
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Old 02-21-2021, 08:42 PM   #6
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I have a 35 pusher. Seats are out. Floor is insulated with new plywood that looks like wood flooring. It has a few kitchen cabinets and a couch. Tong and groove pine on the lower walls up to the widows. The bus is supper clean. It would be easy to finish as long as you don't plan on removing the metal ceiling, which I would not due, because it is a part of the safety roll over construction and protects the occupants in a wreck. $12000 in Florence Oregon.
Thank you for the offer. We are actually looking for a puller as we want the rear door. Plus Oregon is a little far for us. Thank you though.
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Old 02-21-2021, 09:47 PM   #7
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Hey all. First post ever. My family is looking to start our Skoolie build. We are only a couple of years away from all of our children being out of the home so my wife and I are looking for a 30-35 foot flat nose bus but we canít find them anywhere. Do they make a flat nose in that size?
M&M Auto Salvage in Ruckersville, VA near me has quite a few of them, but they will need some work. Mostly minor to moderate floor issues, but all run and drive. Prices are reasonable as well.
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Old 02-22-2021, 12:37 AM   #8
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Did you see this one on CL? Looks like what your looking for, $3500.

https://hattiesburg.craigslist.org/c...272870087.html



You might also think about a box truck, they all open from the back, many have gate lifts..
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Old 02-22-2021, 06:54 AM   #9
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If it were me shopping for a 30-35 FE, I'd be hunting for a pre-95 AmTran Genesis with a DT466 NGD. Another good option in my opinion would be a pre-98 Blue Bird with a 12v 6B5.9. In any case, there are plenty of buses in TX for sale at auction, but if you're not willing to wait or deal with an online auction (it's pretty easy, I bought mine at auction), there are even whole yards of them at bus dealers who bought them at auction and willing to charge you a premium for their trouble.

https://www.usedschoolbusesonline.com/ Interstate Bus Sales Inc. Wallisville, TX 77597 (Between Beaumont and Houston)

I'd keep my eyes open on auctions in the surrounding states.

www.ReneBates.com (ALWAYS has buses)
www.LSO.cc (occasionally has buses)
www.OnlinePros.com (usually has buses)
www.PurpleWave.com (usually has buses)
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Old 02-22-2021, 07:11 AM   #10
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Did you see this one on CL? Looks like what your looking for, $3500.

https://hattiesburg.craigslist.org/c...272870087.html

Are you feeling OK, man? You just a recommended a school bus!
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Old 02-22-2021, 09:16 AM   #11
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Are you feeling OK, man? You just a recommended a school bus!
I was thinking the same thing...


Although the OP asked for a FE flat nose.
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Old 02-22-2021, 10:20 AM   #12
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I know you want a FE, but I recommend taking another look at RE flat-noses. With FE flat nose the engine is right next to your right leg, and it's loud (good luck having any conversations or watching TV in the front) and it gets hot. RE still has a door on the back side usually, if you can work around that.
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Old 02-22-2021, 11:02 AM   #13
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Are you feeling OK, man? You just a recommended a school bus!
I didn't RECOMMEND it.. Dog nose, as mentioned, not flat, sorry OP.

What I RECOMMEND would be a truck and a trailer, here is one ready to be redone inside for under $2k... no $500 oil change here. ;)

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hi im in CA i have two 30' one is a
Blue Bird 5.9 Cummings/Auto
Carpenter 5.9 Cummings/Auto
both run great with good tires
7,500 each
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