Originally Posted by EastCoastCB
A coach isn't gonna cost any more t maintain or operate than the kind of skoolie you are looking for. These buses are built with a MUCH longer service life in mind than school buses, too.
From what I've read, coaches will be a much more comfortable ride and have more space which makes for a better conversion. But that larger vehicle weighs more, and requires a bigger engine - thus gets poorer fuel economy. From what I've found, you're looking at 6-8 *maybe* 9 mpg, depending on engine/trans. With 6th unlocked on an MD3060, 10-11mpg's possible. On several thousand mile journeys, those extra mpgs matter.
I'm also under the impression that a Detroit 6V92 is going to be several thousand (as high as $10k) more for a full rebuild.
Then there's the tag axle. More maintenance costs there.
Again, not trying to be a downer. I certainly see the benefits a coach provides. But they come at a cost. I'm still on the fence about whether or not that cost is worth it. The extra space is mighty appealing.