Originally Posted by Malkieri
...Diesel Dan's got 1 that is eerily similar to ours...
I like the size of my bus. I don't live in it full time though. I have a family of 5, and although it's tight, it's manageable for a few weeks at a time, so long as we spread out to the outside for cooking, etc., and the bus is mainly used for sleeping, using the bathroom, and escaping the Texas heat. I don't think I'd get a shorter bus. If I were to move down in size, I'd be thinking about one of those Dodge/Mercedes Sprinter vans, or maybe a Ford F350 shuttle bus, or something else that is not quite as cantankerous as a school bus. Cutting off the rear end of a bus is something you don't see very often, but I can see how it would help if you wanted to navigate off-road-ish terrain and not get hung up. The "roads" you pictured are closer to trails in my opinion, and I would never dream of trying to get a bus down any of those. The amount of lurching with such a top-heavy vehicle would scare me off that idea. Plus, the inevitable low-hanging branches, etc. Getting a bus stuck, or rolled, out in a place like that could be a very expensive proposition. One of our skoolie contributers, Rudy, (AKA "Accordian") recently spent a hefty sum to just get his bus pulled out of a ditch on the side of a paved road.