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Old 04-01-2009, 09:50 PM   #1
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Rear engine?

I was just wondering what the difference between a rear engine and a front engine bus are, besides the obvious difference in placement. does it effect interior room, power, efficiency weight, anything? and why are rear engine models more expensive to buy?
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Old 04-01-2009, 11:57 PM   #2
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Re: Rear engine?

Rear engines are not as noisy to drive. Also having that extra weight over your driving wheels is a help. But others here may know more.
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:04 AM   #3
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Re: Rear engine?

with a rear engine you have
1) no "doghouse" in the front to climb over to get into the drivers seat,
2)lots more room to work on the engine, all of the major mechanicals are together in the back and accessable from outside, no mess in the living room, also a plus in a dognose bus.
3) smoother ride, can be overcome on a fe with airride rear suspension
4) quieter ride, less engine noise
5) the inability to have a large rear door for loading large toys into the "garage"
6) front engine units are easier to modify into a trailer toter, or shorten the overhang behind the axle.

the choice of front or rear engine is mostly a matter of what your primary end use / desires are
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