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Old 07-25-2018, 12:13 PM   #1
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Can I daily drive a short bus?

Ok, so im looking into buying a short bus, but it would be my only vehicle. Is that feasible? Are short bus's good in snow (I live in upstate NY, lots of snow)? Are there any issues with daily driving a bus at all, other than below average fuel consumption? I see a 2002 GMC/Thomas 5 window short bus with 90k miles im thinking about getting for $2100.
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Old 07-25-2018, 12:19 PM   #2
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If it's a local bus I would be super concerned about rust in the floor.
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Old 07-25-2018, 12:19 PM   #3
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If it's a 5 window cutaway it shouldn't be much of an issue. I have a full frame 5 window and I can park at Starbucks.
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Old 07-25-2018, 12:26 PM   #4
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If it's a local bus I would be super concerned about rust in the floor.
How big of an issue would that be though, for only 90k miles? Im pretty much only looking for local busses, as it is just much more convenient.
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Old 07-25-2018, 12:35 PM   #5
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How big of an issue would that be though, for only 90k miles? Im pretty much only looking for local busses, as it is just much more convenient.
My van is from the rust belt, and its only got 55k miles. Its rusting faster than I can fix it.
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Old 07-25-2018, 01:30 PM   #6
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Christopher cadilackid drives his two short buses way more than I drive my truck. Answer is YES.
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Old 07-25-2018, 01:32 PM   #7
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Christopher cadilackid drives his two short buses way more than I drive my truck. Answer is YES.
Im just worried about how well it can go in the snow, and top speed on highways.
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Old 07-25-2018, 02:08 PM   #9
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I drive our full size almost every day , we use it to tow our concession trailer back and fourth to our spot ,36kms each way. I will take it anywhere around town if I have to get something.
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Old 07-25-2018, 03:51 PM   #10
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Convenience now could cost you $1000's up the road. It is probably the single most important part of a build, making sure your base is sturdy. I guarantee if you pull the floor on a bus from up there it will have massive rust under the subfloor. It could be so bad that they would have to pay me to take the bus.
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