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Old 12-20-2017, 09:21 AM   #41
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So, I paid $14,500 and am pretty ecstatic about that price! Thoughts??
You did good. I bet that bus was $200K new. Was it converted by OBS, by chance? All that wood paneling looks like their work. They built my bookmobile.

Go down to a used car lot and see what $14K gets you. You got a hell of a machine for that.

Still don't know why they needed so much juice. Must have been for the lighting. Did they take blood samples at those checkpoints?

Size is perfect. Longer is nice, but it's a hassle, too. If you hate size, I'll be happy to trade my 35' 2003.

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Old 12-20-2017, 09:54 AM   #42
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The generator was for the electric chair in the back of the bus.
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Old 12-20-2017, 10:06 AM   #43
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The generator was for the electric chair in the back of the bus.
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Old 12-20-2017, 10:31 AM   #44
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Yup. That's for the really belligerent people. Sobers them right up.
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Old 12-20-2017, 10:40 AM   #45
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You did good. I bet that bus was $200K new. Was it converted by OBS, by chance? All that wood paneling looks like their work. They built my bookmobile.

Go down to a used car lot and see what $14K gets you. You got a hell of a machine for that.

Still don't know why they needed so much juice. Must have been for the lighting. Did they take blood samples at those checkpoints?

Size is perfect. Longer is nice, but it's a hassle, too. If you hate size, I'll be happy to trade my 35' 2003.
Rusty, it was converted (new) at Matthews Specialty Vehicles. They do bookmobiles, bloodmobiles, celebrities, etc.
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Old 12-20-2017, 02:14 PM   #46
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IDK - I think you paid too much for it if it is not what you ultimately want. It is nice inside, and if you wanted a mobile office, I think you would have a great score. Sell the lights like you say.

If you plan on stripping it and redesigning the floor-plan, you only have more work ahead of you than a bus with just seats to remove. And in that case, hopefully the toilet and sink are in the right place, so you at least don't have to tear them down also.

Really nice bus, I think. The type of mileage (no stop and go) does add real value to it.

I also looked at plenty buses that were junk for $5000+. I kept looking. I found a nice one for under $2300, but travel expenses added to that cost. Such a nice bus you have, why tear it down? Strip the lights, as most people won't need them, sell it at a profit to someone who needs office space (or rent it out as such) and keep looking for a cheap nice empty shell is my opinionated advice.
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Old 12-20-2017, 03:41 PM   #47
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IDK - I think you paid too much for it if it is not what you ultimately want. It is nice inside, and if you wanted a mobile office, I think you would have a great score. Sell the lights like you say.

If you plan on stripping it and redesigning the floor-plan, you only have more work ahead of you than a bus with just seats to remove. And in that case, hopefully the toilet and sink are in the right place, so you at least don't have to tear them down also.

Really nice bus, I think. The type of mileage (no stop and go) does add real value to it.

I also looked at plenty buses that were junk for $5000+. I kept looking. I found a nice one for under $2300, but travel expenses added to that cost. Such a nice bus you have, why tear it down? Strip the lights, as most people won't need them, sell it at a profit to someone who needs office space (or rent it out as such) and keep looking for a cheap nice empty shell is my opinionated advice.
I'd personally adapt to the bus, as opposed to rip all that nice interior apart.
But to each their own.
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Old 12-20-2017, 06:00 PM   #48
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I'd personally adapt to the bus, as opposed to rip all that nice interior apart.
But to each their own.
Those are my thoughts as well...at least as much as I can.
This rig has such a great Foundation to work from...SO many things already added on that I won't have to purchase...
I'm going to try to use absolutely everything that I can, perhaps just in a different configuration.
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Old 12-20-2017, 06:13 PM   #49
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Those are my thoughts as well...at least as much as I can.
This rig has such a great Foundation to work from...SO many things already added on that I won't have to purchase...
I'm going to try to use absolutely everything that I can, perhaps just in a different configuration.
They are just jelly. You stole that bus. 4-cyl Kubota genny alone is $14K new.
Bathroom.
Levelers.

All.Professionally.Done.

You just gotta do the routine engine maintenance now- make sure she's seaworthy.
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Old 12-20-2017, 07:41 PM   #50
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They are just jelly. You stole that bus. 4-cyl Kubota genny alone is $14K new.
Bathroom.
Levelers.

All.Professionally.Done.

You just gotta do the routine engine maintenance now- make sure she's seaworthy.
Thanks, Rusty!
Another thing I love is that this bus has a really cool story.
We'll see how things are going after a year or two full timing. But it's perfect for my first home on wheels!
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Old 12-20-2017, 08:19 PM   #51
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They are just jelly. You stole that bus. 4-cyl Kubota genny alone is $14K new.
Bathroom.
Levelers.

All.Professionally.Done.

You just gotta do the routine engine maintenance now- make sure she's seaworthy.
Not the least bit jelly here. These are precisely the kind of buses I think more people need to be looking for.
I want us all to have RAD buses, no jealousy or hatred here.

OK- the 5 window 8.3 does make me jealous, but oh well.
Even with my current situation, I've got a hell of a bus. THE bus I want.
I hope everyone gets the bus they want.
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Old 12-20-2017, 08:21 PM   #52
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You just might wanna disconnect the electric chair....you'll spill your drink sitting in that.

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Old 12-21-2017, 05:36 AM   #53
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For your needs I would personally flip that bus as is (do not tear apart all the nice factory finishes) and find a $4500 long bus to convert with all the left over funds
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