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Old 03-13-2020, 11:47 AM   #1
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Hey from Philly/NJ!!

Hey everyone!

New to the forum! Currently living in Philly but planning on moving to Jersey once I find the bus I'm looking for. Already have a place to park it while converting and to live in full time (going to put it on my friends farm and live out in nature), but the acquisition of the bus has been a long road. Trying not to rush in order to find a bus I feel good about.

I'm excited to dig in, and I feel pretty clueless about most of it. I've been doing a lot of reading, but reading and doing are VERY different things. Gonna learn as I go and hope to not muck it up too much!

Looking for a short bus that's mechanically sound with minimal rust. Would love internal length to be about 14-20 ft (from back of drivers seat to back door). Wheelchair lift would be nice, but not necessary. My budget is $2,000-$3,500. If ya'll know of anything, post below!

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Old 03-13-2020, 03:23 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. I'm also from Philly, but we're a pretty rare breed in this area (there are a few others from around here, but I haven't met anybody in person). I'm happy to help out with some welding, riveting or sheet metal work, or to give advice while watching somebody do the nasty stuff.

You should probably be looking far away for your bus on the auction sites - Pennsylvania is a salt state and the buses are almost always badly rusted (I've never seen one that isn't but I hear they might exist). Get ready to buy a bus from the west coast or Colorado or wherever, and fly to pick it up (an experience I missed out on since I had my rusted eBay bus delivered to me.

You will want to visit Joseph Fazzio Inc. in Glassboro NJ. Lots of good stuff but mainly an enormous warehouse of scrap steel that you can use to build or repair stuff on your bus, all for $0.50 a pound.

If you go to User CP in the upper left corner, you can fill out your profile details like where you live and what kind bus you (will) have. That way people always know your info and can tailor their advice to you.
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Old 03-13-2020, 03:27 PM   #3
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Actually, flying to the west coast is probably not the best idea right now. This is an unprecedented circumstance that might make buying a rusty local bus a necessity. I was only a year off from being Nostradamus.
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Old 03-14-2020, 12:33 PM   #4
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Heyyyy!

Thanks for the tips and would love the help! I was considering going west, but have been looking more at VA/WV/SC given the state of things.

How long you been living the skoolie life? What’s it like parking/driving in Philly?!
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How long you been living the skoolie life? Whatís it like parking/driving in Philly?!
Well, I can say you should avoid Port Richmond at all costs. That's where I originally had my bus parked, and it got robbed three times. Now I've got it at a lot in Aston, which is only a few minutes from where I live.

I'm not really "living the skoolie life" yet, unfortunately. Bought the bus more than a year ago but repairing the rust and rebuilding major parts of the floor has taken a long time. I'm hoping to have it livable by this summer, although I have not yet lined up a place around here to live in it permanently. I have a few potential things, but nothing definite yet.
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“Avoid port richmond”.. true statements.

Good luck with your build and finding forever home!
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Hi all! I am dangerously close to buying a bus and I’m so ready to start working on it, but I cannot find a place to park and convert it. Pandemic life has changed a lot of my options. Can anyone offer any advice on possible rental lots or garages or anywhere anyone might know of that would allow me to park and convert a bus? Thanks in advance!

I should mention I live in West Chester but would willingly travel a few hours in any direction if needed.
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Hi all! I am dangerously close to buying a bus and Iím so ready to start working on it, but I cannot find a place to park and convert it. Pandemic life has changed a lot of my options. Can anyone offer any advice on possible rental lots or garages or anywhere anyone might know of that would allow me to park and convert a bus? Thanks in advance!

I should mention I live in West Chester but would willingly travel a few hours in any direction if needed.
Mini storage places sometimes have RV storage. Boat storage places are good if you're near water. Some may not allow work being done on property. It's a dilemma a lot run into.
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Hi all! I am dangerously close to buying a bus and I’m so ready to start working on it, but I cannot find a place to park and convert it. Pandemic life has changed a lot of my options. Can anyone offer any advice on possible rental lots or garages or anywhere anyone might know of that would allow me to park and convert a bus? Thanks in advance!

I should mention I live in West Chester but would willingly travel a few hours in any direction if needed.
I keep my bus at an RV storage lot in Aston, which is 15 miles or so from you. There are a few open spots at the moment, I can hook you up with the owner if you want.

If you drive around, you will probably be surprised with how many little RV storage lots you find tucked away in weird places around here (that's how I found my current spot, in fact). Probably best to be kind of vague about converting it and what kind of work you're going to be doing. I also see ads offering RV storage on Craigslist from time to time.

Garage space with enough height and length to house a bus would be pretty unlikely, I think, and the rent on it would be way more than the rent on an outdoor spot. When I was first looking last year, I found a garage-type space over in Jersey that was 40'x15' and had electricity and water and even a small bathroom, for $400 a month. Fortunately, before signing the lease (sight unseen) I thought to ask how tall it was - 10' with a 9' high door.
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thats the kicker - the door.. ive found several cool spaces in my city but they only have 10 foot doors... my DEV bus wont fit at all and my Superior id hope not to bounce at all going over the threshold! my little red bus would go in with ease..



finding places with 12 foot doors is really tough and often really expensive..
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I keep my bus at an RV storage lot in Aston, which is 15 miles or so from you. There are a few open spots at the moment, I can hook you up with the owner if you want.

If you drive around, you will probably be surprised with how many little RV storage lots you find tucked away in weird places around here (that's how I found my current spot, in fact). Probably best to be kind of vague about converting it and what kind of work you're going to be doing. I also see ads offering RV storage on Craigslist from time to time.

Garage space with enough height and length to house a bus would be pretty unlikely, I think, and the rent on it would be way more than the rent on an outdoor spot. When I was first looking last year, I found a garage-type space over in Jersey that was 40'x15' and had electricity and water and even a small bathroom, for $400 a month. Fortunately, before signing the lease (sight unseen) I thought to ask how tall it was - 10' with a 9' high door.
Thank you for this info! Half the obstacle is that I need to do an entire renovation aka not easy to hide. I may be able to do the seat removal and gutting at my sisters, but I would need a place to do all the rest. If you think I could get away with doing the conversion (as respectfully and discreetly as possible) I will definitely take you up in the good word!

Thank you all for the quick feedback! Iíve been eager to join this community for months. Iím never disappointed by the Camaraderie.
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