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Old 07-09-2019, 02:35 PM   #1
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Hey there all you cool Skool kids! Iím new to Skoolie, learned about them about a month ago when considering purchasing a used rv, quickly had a change of heart and have been considering a Skoolie since. The catch is I donít have the time to do a conversion myself, so Iím looking into buying an already converted Skoolie! Iím located in NY but willing to travel for the right bus, my main concern is avoiding common newbie pitfalls regarding engine and transmission types. My price range goes up to about 15K, I was hopping to find someone here with experience who could help guide my purchasing journey. Happy to compensate for time as spending $100 a so to save 1,000s seems like a deal to me! So how about it?
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Old 07-09-2019, 04:20 PM   #2
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I doubt $15k will get you a very nice Skoolie. Of course everyones definition of very nice differs.
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Old 07-10-2019, 10:41 AM   #3
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Hi Marc,
I’ve got a list of some interesting Skoolies that fall roughly around my price range, the most interesting is a double decker! Mind looking over the links and letting me know which you think are good deals vs lemons? (For the double decker I expect having to put in another 5K to get it running and put in proper electric and plumbing etc.)

https://m.facebook.com/groups/816523...&__tn__=%2AW-R


https://conversiontrader.com/listing...us-conversion/

https://conversiontrader.com/listing...l-bus-reduced/

https://conversiontrader.com/listing...-grid-capable/

https://conversiontrader.com/listing...ed-school-bus/

https://conversiontrader.com/listing...rsion-skoolie/

https://tinyhouselistings.com/listin...ome-bunk-house

https://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/rv...926622878.html

https://m.facebook.com/groups/816523...&__tn__=%2C%3B

https://m.facebook.com/groups/816523...&__tn__=%2AW-R

https://m.facebook.com/groups/816523...&__tn__=%2AW-R
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Old 07-10-2019, 10:43 AM   #4
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I doubt $15k will get you a very nice Skoolie. Of course everyones definition of very nice differs.
Hi there Marc,
Not sure if my last reply went through properly so I’m resending it. I put together a list of some interesting looking busses, my favorites the first which is a double decker! Mind looking it over for me and letting me know which you think are good deals vs lemons?

https://m.facebook.com/groups/816523...&__tn__=%2AW-R


https://conversiontrader.com/listing...us-conversion/

https://conversiontrader.com/listing...l-bus-reduced/

https://conversiontrader.com/listing...-grid-capable/

https://conversiontrader.com/listing...ed-school-bus/

https://conversiontrader.com/listing...rsion-skoolie/

https://tinyhouselistings.com/listin...ome-bunk-house

https://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/rv...926622878.html

https://m.facebook.com/groups/816523...&__tn__=%2C%3B

https://m.facebook.com/groups/816523...&__tn__=%2AW-R

https://m.facebook.com/groups/816523...&__tn__=%2AW-R
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Old 07-10-2019, 11:36 AM   #5
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Thereís a converted Skoolie selling in the Syracuse NY area right now for $15K. I think it belongs to WareWolff. I was just looking at it a little while ago. Give it a look see, could be EXACTLY what you want.
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Old 07-10-2019, 11:37 AM   #6
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I would never buy a conversion that has not had the ceiling removed and insulation added, most of those buses skipped that step. The Bluebird , you ironically posted twice is the best of the lot, price is probably reasonable. The SafetiLiner is my second choice.

While interesting, the double decker is not something I would go anywhere near.
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Old 07-10-2019, 11:39 AM   #7
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Old 07-10-2019, 12:02 PM   #8
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The BlueBirds odometer is broken so no telling how many miles, is this something I should be overly concerned with? Also what was your impression of Warewolfs bus? Thanks so much for the help!
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Old 07-10-2019, 03:13 PM   #9
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The BlueBirds odometer is broken so no telling how many miles, is this something I should be overly concerned with? Also what was your impression of Warewolfs bus? Thanks so much for the help!
Itís common for the mileage of busses to be inaccurate in their odometers. Usually itís swapped in from another unit when the original has failed. Best to look at overall condition and engine condition more than just mileage alone.

I thought it was a well done conversion. Iíve not seen it in person, but from what I understand WareWolff has put forth a metric shitton of work into it and it shows.
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Old 07-15-2019, 12:27 PM   #10
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I would never buy a conversion that has not had the ceiling removed and insulation added, most of those buses skipped that step. The Bluebird , you ironically posted twice is the best of the lot, price is probably reasonable. The SafetiLiner is my second choice.

While interesting, the double decker is not something I would go anywhere near.
Thanks for the tips! What are your thoughts on warewolfs bus? Also I found this beauty while doing further searching, what are your thoughts? They said it has insulated floors and ceilings "rigid foam board under the subfloor and basic fiberglass insulation in the ceiling" they said they replaced any bad insulation in the ceiling as well. Reportedly rust free except small surface rust (bus from the south) which was there when they purchased but has been covered with rustoleum since.
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Old 07-15-2019, 01:50 PM   #11
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Annnnd one last one to check out, beautiful conversion as well. Thanks for all the help everybody!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...&theater&ifg=1

(has 160K miles on the bus with new tires with 1500 miles on them)
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Old 07-15-2019, 01:53 PM   #12
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Thanks for the tips! What are your thoughts on warewolfs bus? Also I found this beauty while doing further searching, what are your thoughts? They said it has insulated floors and ceilings "rigid foam board under the subfloor and basic fiberglass insulation in the ceiling" they said they replaced any bad insulation in the ceiling as well. Reportedly rust free except small surface rust (bus from the south) which was there when they purchased but has been covered with rustoleum since.
Really don't know much about Warewolfs bus. Personally I would look closer at the build before spending any money.
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Old 07-15-2019, 02:02 PM   #13
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Maybe one more for consideration, just popped up on ebay!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/School-BUS-...AAAOSwOTZdJlMA

Any and all guidance appreciated!
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Old 07-15-2019, 02:10 PM   #14
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Maybe one more for consideration, just popped up on ebay!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/School-BUS-...AAAOSwOTZdJlMA

Any and all guidance appreciated!
All I can say is that it most likely has an Allison AT545. I personally am not interested in that drive train at all, especially in a bus that large.
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Old 07-15-2019, 02:33 PM   #15
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All I can say is that it most likely has an Allison AT545. I personally am not interested in that drive train at all, especially in a bus that large.
Gotcha thanks for the tip! What do you think of these two?

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Old 07-15-2019, 02:40 PM   #16
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I have a problem with sellers who are dishonest or ignorant. I could be wrong but I'd bet big money that Chevy doesn't have 40k miles in 35 years of use. The Thomas doesn't look like a bad deal.
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Old 07-17-2019, 11:16 AM   #17
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Really don't know much about Warewolfs bus. Personally I would look closer at the build before spending any money.
Here's the link to his forum add with a bunch of details on the work and appliances so far, seems like people were saying it's a fair deal for the bus type and all the electrical work that's gone into it (there's a whole lot of solar on that roof! This is what he said about the insulation "I peeled back the skin and the original fiberglass insulation was still pearly white, so I left it and added 2" foamular on the walls and floor. The roof is still original fiberglass. There are 2 x Tristar MPPT60's so yes, solar could be expanded easily. I doubt you'll need it though." Planning on going to check it out later today if you give the all clear on the build/price tag! Thanks for all the help Marc, resting easier knowing I've got sound advice through this nerve wracking purchasing process! 15K is a lot of cheddar but I'm so excited to join the Skoolie community!

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f14/fo...mer-27565.html
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