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Old 05-30-2018, 09:21 AM   #1
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Just saying hello, I have Skoolie fever!! Canít wait to find a bus and convert it, my wife is also excited!

Greetings from Tallahassee Florida

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Old 05-30-2018, 10:24 AM   #2
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Old 05-30-2018, 10:34 AM   #3
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Old 05-30-2018, 01:24 PM   #4
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Welcome, from a fellow Floridian.
I'm north of Orlando a bit. If you can, try to shop for buses NOT from FL or GA.
They seem to be pretty rough on their buses here in the sunshine state.
Our schools are among the most under-funded in the country and our bus fleets reflect that.
Also- the dealers here in FL are way overpriced and if you watch all the auctions you can buy the same buses as them for a fraction of the cost.
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Old 05-30-2018, 01:50 PM   #5
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Welcome, from a fellow Floridian.
I'm north of Orlando a bit. If you can, try to shop for buses NOT from FL or GA.
They seem to be pretty rough on their buses here in the sunshine state.
Our schools are among the most under-funded in the country and our bus fleets reflect that.
Also- the dealers here in FL are way overpriced and if you watch all the auctions you can buy the same buses as them for a fraction of the cost.

Thank you for the info, definitely looking to do the auction route , can you suggest the best auction site?
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https://www.govdeals.com/

https://www.publicsurplus.com/

are the most popular.

take your time and research and read a million posts on here. my bus search took me 8 months until I found one that fit my needs.
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https://www.govdeals.com/

https://www.publicsurplus.com/

are the most popular.

take your time and research and read a million posts on here. my bus search took me 8 months until I found one that fit my needs.
Those are the only two I've used. I've bought at least 5 or 6 vehicles on there now.

Even if you get into a bidding war over a real special bus you're still many thousands ahead over a dealer or some junk off CL.
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Thank you so much ! I have been doing allot of research, I’m definitely leaning towards a pusher style bus. What type do you own ?
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I've had a couple 40 footers, and a couple shorties.
Here's my baby- the one in the front


I like shorties the best.
I also prefer conventional "dog nose" buses to transit style buses. Lots of folks love the RE configuration.
I just like the simplicity and ruggedness of a regular bus.
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I've had a couple 40 footers, and a couple shorties.
Here's my baby- the one in the front


I like shorties the best.
I also prefer conventional "dog nose" buses to transit style buses. Lots of folks love the RE configuration.
I just like the simplicity and ruggedness of a regular bus.
Super nice ! Yea I need the space more than anything, wont be alone for the drive (wife and kid ) I do want to make sure whatever i buy though to have Highway gears, is there a simple way to check ?
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Super nice ! Yea I need the space more than anything, wont be alone for the drive (wife and kid ) I do want to make sure whatever i buy though to have Highway gears, is there a simple way to check ?
There's usually a tag on the axle. Or you can call the manufacturer with the vin.
Sometimes you can ask the seller and find out.

if having a back door is important then FE or CE are the way to go.
Getting a big powerful engine and a transmission with OD will be important, as will the rear axle ratio and tire size.
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There's usually a tag on the axle. Or you can call the manufacturer with the vin.
Sometimes you can ask the seller and find out.

if having a back door is important then FE or CE are the way to go.
Getting a big powerful engine and a transmission with OD will be important, as will the rear axle ratio and tire size.
I want to put the master bed in the back so having a back door isnít to important, on the auction sites do they list the vin #s?
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I want to put the master bed in the back so having a back door isnít to important, on the auction sites do they list the vin #s?
Yes, the VIN is included in every listing.
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