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Old 01-29-2017, 05:37 PM   #1
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Recommendations on choosing a school bus

Hey everyone,
Well I counted my chickens before they're hatched and the deal for my first School bus is falling through. So, I am back to square one. My wife and I had decided on a 2000 International AmTran powered by a DT466E Diesel with an Allison Automatic that was 84 Passenger (14 Row). We decided on that rig because it had a High Top (I am 6í4Ē) and Belly Storage so we mount the water, electrical, and other things.
Since we are looking again, we are questioning if we need such a long bus. Its main function is to house us in South Carolina while we make major renovations to my motherís house. After that it will be the motorhome I always wanted . Since my health (Walking ability) has so what deteriorated. The back and forth to a hotel and other places are limited.
So, my question to the skoolie forum is what do you recommend (and it must be a flat nose)? And the advantages and disadvantages between a FE and RE?

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Old 01-29-2017, 06:17 PM   #2
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Howdy!

If it does not already exist, we need to make an "RE vs FE vs Conventional" sticky.

I'll throw my $0.02 in...

Conventional: Easiest to access engine for service. Least usable living space for a given length. Not as maneuverable at a given length as an RE or FE. Limited room under the bus for tanks & storage. Middle of the pack for engine noise & heat.

RE: Engine access better than an FE and worse than a conventional. For a given length has more living space than a coventional, less than a FE. More maneuverable than conventional. More room under the bus for storage and tanks than FE or conventional. Quietest and coolest as far as engine noise/heat.

FE: Worst engine access. More maneuverable than a conventional. Most living space of the three. More maneuverable than conventional. Limited room under the bus for tanks & storage. Loudest & hottest as far as engine noise/heat.
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Old 01-29-2017, 06:49 PM   #3
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Also, considering possible eventualities, you might have your eye out for one with a wheelchair lift: I've seen them most often at the back corner of a conventional or FE.
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Old 01-29-2017, 06:59 PM   #4
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Also, considering possible eventualities, you might have your eye out for one with a wheelchair lift: I've seen them most often at the back corner of a conventional or FE.
Dapplecreek

I know where youíre going with that however I have improved a great deal in the past few months and my faith will assist me the rest of the way. However, thank you for that suggestion.

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