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Old 09-12-2016, 11:17 AM   #1
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30 ft or 40ft? Anyone have plans for a 30ft?

I am bidding on a bus, and have the option to get a 40ft or a 30ft. These are all flat front, front engine. There is also a conventional style about 40ft.
Engine options are Cumins 5.9, Cat 3208,3116 or a Int DT466.
Any opinions on what engine to get and what to avoid?
Also, I am building it for just my wife and I, plus a 24 year old daughter that may come sometimes. I think the 30ft might work, anyone do a shorter bus and have any floor plans?
BTW, the 30ft has the 5.9.
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Old 09-12-2016, 04:19 PM   #2
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I'd go with the 40' one. If you don't "need" the extra space you're fine until you wish you had it. I'm sure you can find new things to do with it.
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Old 09-12-2016, 04:34 PM   #3
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5.9 or the DT466, avoid cat they're expensive.
Between 30ft or 40ft, go with 40ft. You'll always find room for the extra space. It's not like 30fts a tiny bus anyways so might as well get some extra room
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Old 09-12-2016, 04:38 PM   #4
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Which site? And go 40ft.
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Old 09-12-2016, 06:03 PM   #5
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All the flat front 40ft ones are Cat powered. The conventional is a 40ish, not sure exactly and it's a DT466 and the 2 30's are Cumins. However the DAt466 powered one is a little more "used". And the 30's are handicapped.
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Old 09-12-2016, 06:25 PM   #6
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I have a 24ft short bus, or had one once the sell goes through.

I always had plenty of room. And I'm like Lucy Arnez I have to pack 'everything'. Of course I did cut back a little.

Finding a parking place or camp site large enough was not a problem, first quesion is how long is your bus.

Of course room is important for some.

Fuel is also a plus for a smaller bus.
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Old 09-12-2016, 08:38 PM   #7
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I have 35', wish I had 10' more...
You lose 6' space for the driver's area, dog house, & steps/door.

Like toilet paper...
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Old 09-13-2016, 09:12 PM   #8
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Well at this point I am eagerly awaiting to find out if I won a bid or not. If I do win, I will be getting a 87 Blue Bird 38 ft with DT 466. Its under 200K miles.
If I lose the bid, I will be going to buy one locally, same bus only an 85 with more miles on it.
I think both are good, each having a good/bad side to them. However I like the old-school style of the S1800 International. One is still Yellow and owned by the school(till the auction ends) and the other is Gray and owned by a Church.
I will report back shortly to tell you if I won or lost.
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Old 09-13-2016, 09:30 PM   #9
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Good luck!
Which auction site did you use?
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Old 09-13-2016, 10:09 PM   #10
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I used Public Surplus.com and lost all 6 buses I bid on. They all went over the price I had in my head and the price of a local bus for sale.
I will have to wait for Saturday as I am out of state right now.
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