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Offline Ed Hackenbruch

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Re: Still looking for my first bus
« Reply #15 on: May 04, 2013, 07:14:29 AM »
 So a 47-48 Silversides is probably only worth 2-3000 dollars. I would go up to $5000 for Mark's Silverside!!!   ;D
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Offline Boomer

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Re: Still looking for my first bus
« Reply #16 on: May 04, 2013, 08:11:50 AM »
Add a few zeros, Ed.


P.S.  The trip home weather was not spring-like.
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Offline harley86

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Re: Still looking for my first bus
« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2013, 09:34:44 AM »
Good Luck on your search you are buying at the right time I have been wanting a Bus for close to 8 years and watching the market very closely. I bought my first Bus 2 years ago a 77 eagle and I love it however with the economy the value of my bus has dropped since I bought it. Just DO YOUR HOMEWORK and watch the market closely go to e-bay and see what people are bidding not what the owners think they are worth. In my opinion most sellers think thier Bus's are worth a lot more than they are. I offered the seller about 60% of his asking price when I bought my bus 2 years ago and he accepted my offer. Unfortunatly it is worth half that now. I saw a very clean mid 90's Prevost factory conversion on e-bay a few months ago for less than $50,000 You should have no problem finding a nice homemade conversion Eagle or MCI for your budget. If you can live with a 2 cycle Detroit and a manual transmission you can get more bus for the money.  Good luck I noticed you are also a Harley Guy mechanical aptitude is definatly a plus for Bus ownership.

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Re: Still looking for my first bus
« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2013, 10:57:35 AM »
Found something you might be interested in Go to e-bay look at the 1979 O5 Eagle in Montana. It looks pretty good even has a generator. Reserve is $10,000 so far no bids how sad.
 

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Re: Still looking for my first bus
« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2013, 10:59:59 AM »
You always get what you pay for, so be careful what you decide to buy.  Previous owner's help can be valuable.

we've been fulltiming for close to 4 year's.  call if you have questions.  unlike many others, we're not retired, just willing to eat less and have wild animals running around our living area.

call if you have questions about living in a bus.  i also know of 2 buses for sale, one an mci with a slide-out, well taken care of.
Tom
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Offline Ed Hackenbruch

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Re: Still looking for my first bus
« Reply #20 on: May 04, 2013, 11:14:12 AM »
 Ok Mark.  $5000.00    you didn't say anything about decimal points!!! ;D    Hate to see snow on her.   :(
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Re: Still looking for my first bus
« Reply #21 on: May 04, 2013, 11:31:46 AM »
Mark, I hope it's now under cover at home! You should have taken the southern route!  ::) It's been awful nice here in Central and West Texas!  ;D

A lot of coaches around, you just have to find the one that fits you and your budget. You can always buy a converted one and make the necessary changes to fit your lifestyle. Just make sure the mechanicals are in pretty good shape. That is where we seem to dump most of our funds.  ;)
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Offline belfert

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Re: Still looking for my first bus
« Reply #22 on: May 04, 2013, 02:01:27 PM »
I bought my bus to convert to a motorhome.  I didn't buy it because I wanted to keep it looking like a bus.  My bus does have the newer Euro style look to it., but it is just a bus and nothing classic about it.

I know a lot of folks will cringe when someone does something like remove a window on an older classic bus.  I know many covered the windows from the inside, but then you have to consider how you'll repair the window if it cracks or leaks.
Brian Elfert - 1995 Dina Viaggio 1000 Series 60/B500 - 75% done but usable - Minneapolis, MN

Offline Boomer

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Re: Still looking for my first bus
« Reply #23 on: May 04, 2013, 10:15:10 PM »
Yes, Paul I almost took the southern route but was trying to save 300 miles and it bit me in the @$#.  Lost 9 days.  Elk Mountain was just as bad as I remembered it from 30 yrs ago.
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