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Old 10-28-2016, 10:59 AM   #1
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Hello Skoolies

My college-age daughter is now fascinated with living in a skoolie and I have been dragged into the process. It sounds like an exciting father-daughter experience.

However, many of you talk of getting your buses at auctions -- what are the best auction sites for buses? I'm in Omaha NE and willing to travel a day or so to pick up.

we're looking forward to starting this process...thanks to all of you who have posted comments, suggestions and helpful hints -- they'll be needed.

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Old 10-28-2016, 06:23 PM   #2
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Hey, welcome. I am in the same boat as you. I have my own conversion going and my 24 year old daughter has been talking about doing a tiny house for years. When she saw my bus, she said she wanted one to do a tiny house out of. I found her a bus on Public Surplus Auctions. It was in Idaho, a 1991 Ward GMC 66 passenger (40 foot) with a 366 gas engine. She paid $825 total, tax and everything for it and we drove it home to the Tacoma Wa. area, 300+ miles.
We just got it last weekend and my wife and I are headed to Philly this week, so we have not started it yet or even have pictures to post.
So, figure out what you want, front engine, rear engine, conventional, flat front, gas, diesel, length, etc. Set a budget (have cash) and start looking around at Public Surplus, Government Surplus Auctions at Government Liquidation, ebay, Craigslist, etc.
Great deals can be had on the public surplus web site, but can also see prices go crazy high.
For a Tiny House, if she is not going to drive it very far each year, you might look at gas buses. They go a lot cheaper that diesel and for a tiny house that is going to be parked a lot, they can be great deals. Like I said, we got a real nice 1991 GMC for $825, if it had been a diesel it would have gone for 3 time that at least. I paid $1500 for my 1985 Blue Bird/International with a diesel from a church and got a steal of a deal on it.
Anyway, let us know what you come up with or if you have any more questions.
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Old 10-28-2016, 06:53 PM   #3
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I bought two busses on Craigslist, both for $1000.

Be sure to get vacinated because this skoolie craze spreads

Good luck!
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