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Old 03-09-2017, 04:44 AM   #21
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Y'all may want to seriously consider the Gillig! Most people here hate Cat engines, but I love them. They can get a bit pricy IF you don't know what you're doing. But with patience, a willingness to learn and turn wrenches, you can save some serious $$$$ with a Cat engine. I have a 3208 engine in my build and LOVE it! Lots of torque, NO glow plugs (VERY important to me), and a ruggedly built engine. I'm a huge fan of diesel pushers for many reasons. The noise, the heat (especially in the summer), working on the engine, et.al. My suggestion is to look at the type of bus you believe will fit your needs best here on the site with those people that have already built their conversion, or are on the middle of doing so. That should give you a ballpark idea of purchase price (roughly), and cost to convert and estimate the needed timeline to complete your project. Now, IF you're looking to do a conversion like Tango...... He's on the extreme of conversions. His build is WILD!!!! Definitely not for the faint-of-heart. However, I suspect you guys are not looking to do something quite so "unique".

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Old 03-09-2017, 07:33 AM   #22
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HOW FREAKING AWESOME IS THAT???
My wife and I recently purchased a 32ft Bluebird TC 2000 That we've been working on for the past few weeks. Also we live in St. Pete, so we're just over the bridge from you guys. This has been the most the most fun I've ever had in my life.
Are you planning on having someone do the work for you, or do you plan on doing it all yourself?
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Old 03-09-2017, 07:55 AM   #23
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my wife and i did the same thing we are living in our incomplete skoolie conversion right now near brooksville where you can come see our conversion if you would like
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Old 03-09-2017, 07:58 AM   #24
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there is a govt auction the first saturday of every month in tampa all the bus are usually in decent shape and the are going for 3grand we got lucky on craigslist bought our bus from after school karate for 1500
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Old 03-09-2017, 10:27 AM   #25
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Pics of our build

Here's what we've done thus far.
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Old 03-09-2017, 03:03 PM   #26
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How you use your bus also influences what you buy. If you'll be traveling a lot you want a good engine, tranny and highway gearing. If you'll be parked on one site most of the time with a move once in a long while then just about any bus that can get out of it's own way will work.

If you'll be full-timing it's best to spend more time (and money, unfortunately) on the stuff that will be difficult to do over like flooring and insulation.

When you're done with the beastie will you have a place to legally park long term with electricity/water/sewer?
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Old 03-09-2017, 04:18 PM   #27
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Very bold!

I am excited for you both
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Old 03-09-2017, 06:23 PM   #28
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We should start having more regular gatherings here in central FL!!!
There are certainly plenty of us here in FL.
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Old 03-09-2017, 08:11 PM   #29
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my wife and i did the same thing we are living in our incomplete skoolie conversion right now near brooksville where you can come see our conversion if you would like
My cousin & husband are in Hernando Co & thinking of getting a bus.
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Old 03-14-2017, 11:30 AM   #30
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i would love to meet to meet them
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Old 03-14-2017, 04:53 PM   #31
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Hey there! my name is Trevor. Just recently married (3-5-17) to my wife Leyla and we were curious how your search was going? We're batting around the idea of living the "Skoolie" life lol. We're in the Central Florida area. We like the look of the Blue Bird 1990 with the CAT3208 the other person posted earlier. I've researched a little and the cat3208 engine/dt466 seems to pair well with the Allison transmission. I'm a very "want my stuff as bulletproof as possible" type of guy so that's what we'd be looking for.


Just thought I'd reach out because we also have 2 dogs......and a bunny, lol. Thought it was too coincidental to not message. Good luck on your search!
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Old 03-14-2017, 06:06 PM   #32
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walls are closed. time to start building
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Old 03-14-2017, 06:08 PM   #33
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Hey there! my name is Trevor. Just recently married (3-5-17) to my wife Leyla and we were curious how your search was going? We're batting around the idea of living the "Skoolie" life lol. We're in the Central Florida area. We like the look of the Blue Bird 1990 with the CAT3208 the other person posted earlier. I've researched a little and the cat3208 engine/dt466 seems to pair well with the Allison transmission. I'm a very "want my stuff as bulletproof as possible" type of guy so that's what we'd be looking for.


Just thought I'd reach out because we also have 2 dogs......and a bunny, lol. Thought it was too coincidental to not message. Good luck on your search!
Check out the guy we bought our 1990 Bluebird from. He has plenty of busses.
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Old 03-14-2017, 06:37 PM   #34
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Check out the guy we bought our 1990 Bluebird from. He has plenty of busses.
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Wait what ?
That's BGA bus dealership . . .

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Old 03-14-2017, 08:24 PM   #35
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Wait what ?
That's BGA bus dealership . . .

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YEah, the LAST place to go for any kind of "deal".
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Old 03-15-2017, 09:32 AM   #36
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I paid $3500 for my bus due to it "losing coolant" which turned out to be a rotting hose clamp that I fixed with one of the clamps from the heaters I removed. Add that to the fact that I drove off with an RV title and I'd say I got a pretty solid deal.
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Old 03-15-2017, 09:35 AM   #37
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dang!! you got a good deal id say... dont get me wrong i think the people at BGA are great and fun to talk to.. but usually most people pay high for a bus..

I do know they hate coolant issues up there.. they have been birned on more than one where they had to rebuild the engine or scrap the bus because of issues on their return trips to florida
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Old 03-15-2017, 02:02 PM   #38
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dang!! you got a good deal id say... dont get me wrong i think the people at BGA are great and fun to talk to.. but usually most people pay high for a bus..

I do know they hate coolant issues up there.. they have been birned on more than one where they had to rebuild the engine or scrap the bus because of issues on their return trips to florida
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Good thing for them that for every ten they buy, they could sell one at their prices and still make money.
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Old 03-15-2017, 02:06 PM   #39
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Good thing for them that for every ten they buy, they could sell one at their prices and still make money.

I think thats exactly how they do it...
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Old 03-19-2017, 07:21 PM   #40
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I just picked up a nice bus from the Tampa Bus Market. I tried the auction (there will be about 20 Hillsborough Buses in April) - but decided on going with the Tampa Bus Market. If you go - tell him Roger recommended them!
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