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Old 07-25-2018, 01:13 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, 01:19 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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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, 01:26 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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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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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, 02:32 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, 04:51 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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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.
Good thing I don't plan on pulling the floor then .

I don't plan to do a full conversion, just basically a glorified tent. Only going to be using for the next couple years too.

The one thing I am concerned about is if it is reliable enough to be daily driver, and costs on repairs.
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Old 07-26-2018, 06:00 PM   #12
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Good thing I don't plan on pulling the floor then .

I don't plan to do a full conversion, just basically a glorified tent. Only going to be using for the next couple years too.

The one thing I am concerned about is if it is reliable enough to be daily driver, and costs on repairs.
No one can tell you whether the bus you are looking at is going to a reliable daily driver. If were going to continue to be a reliable daily driver it probably would not have been sold.
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Old 07-26-2018, 06:23 PM   #13
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No one can tell you whether the bus you are looking at is going to a reliable daily driver. If were going to continue to be a reliable daily driver it probably would not have been sold.
I suppose, but these must be at least somewhat reliable, as otherwise there would not be a whole community of people buying them and traveling in them, right?
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I suppose, but these must be at least somewhat reliable, as otherwise there would not be a whole community of people buying them and traveling in them, right?
Where is this community you speak of? Certainly not here where we recommend staying away from anything from Ohio unless you're trying to get a good drive train out of a rusted hulk to swap into an existing bus.Ohio's winters are brutal and they use a lot of salt which deteriorate vehicles rapidly. The vehicle is designed for what you want, you just don't want one from Ohio.
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Where is this community you speak of? Certainly not here where we recommend staying away from anything from Ohio unless you're trying to get a good drive train out of a rusted hulk to swap into an existing bus.Ohio's winters are brutal and they use a lot of salt which deteriorate vehicles rapidly. The vehicle is designed for what you want, you just don't want one from Ohio.
I am in NY, but I guess the same applies.

Either way, a little rust is fine, as I am not making this a long term solution. Just for the next few years.
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I am in NY, but I guess the same applies.

Either way, a little rust is fine, as I am not making this a long term solution. Just for the next few years.
Maybe you'll be the one to get lucky and find one with a little rust. Good luck.
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Way to light in the rear for snowy roads or slick from whatever.
Will it start the same as a car in winter? Not likely, you better be sure it is fit or you freeze wherever you are. idling is probably the way to keep it warmed up and the oil thinner.

What are you using for heat, just the engine or..? Lots to consider here...


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Way to light in the rear for snowy roads or slick from whatever.
Will it start the same as a car in winter? Not likely, you better be sure it is fit or you freeze wherever you are. idling is probably the way to keep it warmed up and the oil thinner.

What are you using for heat, just the engine or..? Lots to consider here...


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I was worried about that. Is there a good winter vehicle that is large and cheap? Seems like there isn't.
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I was worried about that. Is there a good winter vehicle that is large and cheap? Seems like there isn't.



Depends on one's needs. Nobody but you knows what you want. I doubt you will find one to buy, so build one to suit.
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Are studded tires legal there? they work pretty good In anything.


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Depends on one's needs. Nobody but you knows what you want. I doubt you will find one to buy, so build one to suit.
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Are studded tires legal there? they work pretty good In anything.


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Was just going to be something for weekend trips and such, but would be my only vehicle.
I don't believe studded tires are legal here, at least not on main roads.
Maybe ill just have to wait until I can afford to get a 4wd bus made or something interesting like that.
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