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Old 09-14-2021, 10:16 PM   #1
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$50,000 skoolies?!

I keep seeing skoolies for sale for $25,000, $35,000, $40,000... Are they really selling for that much? Do people really have that much to spend on skoolies?

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The ones that come on this site that are blatantly overpriced receive a lot of ridicule. Infrastructure is expensive. If all it has is carpentry, Jerry can water and a boat toilet it can’t be priced too high, but if there’s 10K in parts on a bus around the same amount, with good workmanship, then what’s that worth? That being said, I doubt many are making wages.
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Considering many of us have 30-35K (or more) invested in our builds? And that's just material costs, not to mention the work involved in building the bus. Also, considering what people pay for shoddy motorhomes (upwards of 100k). Yes...people really have that much to spend on skoolies.
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Considering many of us have 30-35K (or more) invested in our builds? And that's just material costs, not to mention the work involved in building the bus. Also, considering what people pay for shoddy motorhomes (upwards of 100k). Yes...people really have that much to spend on skoolies.
This. It costs money and time to correctly gut a school bus and build it back up. Then you have all the costs associated with properly maintaining the vehicle and keeping it roadworthy. Sometimes these things make boat ownership look affordable

It's the half assed builds where they retain original floor and ceiling yet ask 5 figures or more that get my scorn. Or the ones where they choose a terrible drivetrain and/or low spec rusted out bus bodies and yet expect the moon for their creations when they go to sell. Very common in my area.
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My old boss gave nearly 375k for his luxury coach. 50k is a drop in the bucket for some.


"Skoolies" are becoming main stream... so prices go through the roof.


Also have to consider that quite a few want to live in them. 50k for a well furnished tiny house on wheels isn't bad. Just depends on how you look at it I guess.


Would I give 50k for a skoolie? Negative.
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By the time I am done with mine I would charge at least that much… and mine is a tiny not very complicated bus.
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My old boss gave nearly 375k for his luxury coach. 50k is a drop in the bucket for some.
Would I give 50k for a skoolie? Negative.
Right now, in my financial state, I wouldn't either.

Now if we had your bosses money???
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Think about it, my dickinson marine ac unit is almost 2 grand, my power battery and inverter setup is like $3500, the natures head is a grand the maxxfan is $400 my marine stove isn't cheap, nor is the suburban propane heater those combined are like another 1500 bucks. My alpicool is like 400 bucks thats $10,000 right there if you didn’t scrounge, salvage, and craigslist like I did. Plus another 10k for a good solid reliable not yellow bus. After that you have all the wood, odds and ends, and the occasional tool. That is before you have taken anyone’s labor into consideration. I expect to be in to my bus for 15k+ and I haven’t paid more than 40% of retail for anything and the only labor Ive paid anyone was the transmission rebuilder and the painter. Even if you calculated my labor at minimum wage here in CA I would be taking a loss until around the 40k mark conservatively. Should anyone pay that for a skoolie? Dunno, I wouldn’t.
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