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Old 04-04-2017, 01:39 PM   #1
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Second Opinion on 2000 Thomas

Hey y'all,

I recently saw a group of Thomas buses hit auction near me. All but one of them appear to be in great condition, with one even boasting relatively low mileage (50k~).
2000 Thomas Saf-T-Liner MVP EF : https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?f...timingWithin=1

Was considering nabbing one, but I'm not too savvy on the pros and cons of different buses yet. I've been doing some research on my own, but I wanted a second opinion from someone who's had some skoolie experience.


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Old 04-04-2017, 04:17 PM   #2
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From the listings, I'm taking that they seem sorta run down. And Cat engines. Low headroom, look like they've been sitting for a long time.
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From the listings, I'm taking that they seem sorta run down. And Cat engines. Low headroom, look like they've been sitting for a long time.
Thanks for taking a look at them! I was a little worried about how long they had been sitting too. None of them have batteries, so I'd have to bring one and cross my fingers that they would let me try them.

Thanks for the reply.
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Hey, if they want to sell buses they should al least provide the battery.

Maybe they don't have batteries specifically so they don't get started.
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Hey, if they want to sell buses they should al least provide the battery.

Maybe they don't have batteries specifically so they don't get started.
I agree, I feel like the no-batteries bit is a little suspicious? I think they tried to make it seem like they were removed for storage purposes, which seems good, but then I run the risk of bringing my own and not getting the ol' bus home. :/

Going to keep searching! Thanks for the input, Robin!
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You're welcome, but I've been wrong before. If they're attempting to sell the buses normal people would expect to show you that they run. I'm just very cautious if the information doesn't sound right. But really, who takes the batteries out if they're trying to sell a bus? I mean it's good to take the batteries out over the winter if you're not running those buses, but most bus barns put battery maintainers in the buses. I still can't think of a logical reason to take the batteries out unless they used them for other equipment.
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I agree, I feel like the no-batteries bit is a little suspicious? I think they tried to make it seem like they were removed for storage purposes, which seems good, but then I run the risk of bringing my own and not getting the ol' bus home. :/

Going to keep searching! Thanks for the input, Robin!
Both my buses were listed as "battery may be dead". Both got me home and this shorty has GOOD batteries. Deka's!

That said, these buses may be better to pass on. You could always try calling em and seeing what you can find out.
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Nope. I think the base was $45k. It was just interesting because they are like Powerwagons.
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