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Old 04-25-2020, 12:52 AM   #1
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Seeking bus PNW

Salem, OR

Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum and to skoolies. I've already found a tone of useful information on here and am grateful to the community.

I've looked at a couple buses already but haven't found the one yet.. my wife and I are expecting our first baby here soon and I've somehow managed to get the green light on a bus purchase that being the case I can't risk getting a mechanical lemon or she'll kill me. I'm not new to engine work but I am to diesels and I understand some components can be pricey.

What I'm looking for in a loose order of priorities; the closer the better (will travel 4 hours or so if I have to), ideally $4-5k, reliable as possible, tires 50% or so, 30'+ length, more head room the better, and diesel would be preferred.

I looked at a couple BB, one had a slipping tranny and the other I was concerned about the heui pump(cat c7 acert). Some metal shavings in the oil/oil on the block and overall bad gut feeling..

Will likely only drive it a few hundred miles a year. May live in it full time. I'm 6'4" so head rooms a +. Planning on a full conversion.

If you read that far I truly appreciate your time, even if you can't be helpful this time around.
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Old 04-25-2020, 08:57 AM   #2
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I picked up my bus in Salem. The state surplus yard is there.
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Old 04-25-2020, 04:48 PM   #3
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Thanks for the heads up! When they reopen I'm definitely going to give give em a try.
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Old 05-24-2020, 12:55 PM   #4
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Hi, I have a 2003 Thomas Built School Bus for sale. Iím located in Montana but would be willing to meet you in the middle if interested. It have the CAT Diesel engine in it. 30í long with the short wheel base for tighter turning. 151,00 miles right now. Iíve removed the seats from it and have a temporary insulated floor in place right now. Also Iím 6í3 and even with the added height from the insulated floor I can walk without touching my head! Let me know if youíre interested!
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Old 05-25-2020, 05:07 PM   #5
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Hey I just posted my bus to classifieds here. A little above your budget and maybe what you're not looking for. But if you're interested in seeing it I'm in Beaverton, OR

https://www.skoolie.net/forums/f14/p...tml#post388899
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Old 05-25-2020, 05:27 PM   #6
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Salem, OR

Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum and to skoolies. I've already found a tone of useful information on here and am grateful to the community.

I've looked at a couple buses already but haven't found the one yet.. my wife and I are expecting our first baby here soon and I've somehow managed to get the green light on a bus purchase that being the case I can't risk getting a mechanical lemon or she'll kill me. I'm not new to engine work but I am to diesels and I understand some components can be pricey.

What I'm looking for in a loose order of priorities; the closer the better (will travel 4 hours or so if I have to), ideally $4-5k, reliable as possible, tires 50% or so, 30'+ length, more head room the better, and diesel would be preferred.

I looked at a couple BB, one had a slipping tranny and the other I was concerned about the heui pump(cat c7 acert). Some metal shavings in the oil/oil on the block and overall bad gut feeling..

Will likely only drive it a few hundred miles a year. May live in it full time. I'm 6'4" so head rooms a +. Planning on a full conversion.

If you read that far I truly appreciate your time, even if you can't be helpful this time around.
Some real nice stuff up in Bend, OR. Check Public Surplus and GovDeals.
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