My wifes cousin and good friend of mine has the bus fever and asked me to keep an eye out, well.............
I knew he could buy any price range of coach he wanted but I wanted him to get his nose in all sorts of different buses so he can smell a nice deal.
Our first unit was a 1972 MCI5 , After steeping over fresh dog crap in the drive way, and moving her kids personal items so I could even get inside of the bus I knew he wasn't to interested
LOL. I avoided one wasp nest and had to move two bicycles and one trailer to inspect the bays
As we left the site fo the MCI , I called on a Prevost a friend of a friend had , well........ he sold it ( at a good price he tells me ) but he knew of another coach about 15 miles away at an RV consignment lot , we reset the Nav and hit the gas.
We round the corner and there she sat:
Ole girl needed a some minor TLC but much better than the first coach. It has shep steering setup, spring brakes on the rear, 4V Head , williams air throttle and a HB industries 4 corner leveling system. PLUS a custom engine puke tank with a 1 gallon milk bottle 1/4 full of black gold. Dude wanted 19K
As we left the site of the 4104
Get a call from the previous owner of the prevost , he tells me that a coach conversion shop just down the road from my house has a " nice " eagle for sale and gave me the number. Great, reset the Nav and mash the gas.
I have seen the guys shop and coaches come and go but never could catch him. After meeting with him and showing us the eagle he asked the famous question : What price range are you looking to spend ? I had warned my friend that you better have something in mind because he might be a bus snob. My buddy told him 20-30K. He laughed and informed us " you can't buy a nice coach for under 40K " and added " if people are going to sell them that cheap they'll just burn them down to the ground than sell that cheap " I did my best to keep a straight face and thanked him for his time.
I don't run into very many bus snobs but when I do I get such a good laugh at them it is worth the wait. We didn't buy any buses or even make an offer. My friend could have wrote a check for any buses on that guys property.
I'm so glad I'm not shopping for a bus, I was quickly reminded why I bought my bus and who tough it is finding " the one "
Bill in KS