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Old 08-16-2016, 09:05 AM   #11
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if i were full-timing I would want a 40 footer.. but since I road trip in mine all over in and out of cities and stay at hotels a lot. I love the short (7 row) bus as I can park it i nthe same spot as 2 Car spaces... and also make most of my right turns without making people back-up even in downtowns of cities...
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Old 08-16-2016, 01:57 PM   #12
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Thanks for the input. I'm still on the hunt.

Finding a flat front wheelchair lift bus for as mush as the rest of them ($2-4000) isn't as easy as I thought it would be.
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Old 08-16-2016, 02:03 PM   #13
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i think a short bus is fine for 2, if you got more passengers, then i think you need the extra length.
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Old 08-16-2016, 02:26 PM   #14
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My bus is about 30feet-ish, with 25 feet of usable space. I think constantly how I wish I could have that extra 10 feet, but also I wouldn't be able to park in my yard and I think my bus barely fits in many places because it's just small enough. My plan is to have a few trailers for additional storage and ready for the occasion, so I think you'll make whatever size you have work.
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Old 08-16-2016, 04:08 PM   #15
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trailers are a great idea for carrying all the "stuff" you want for travelling... luggage, bikes, toys, rtc.. thast way your bus just needs to house and sleep in its cabin... trailer makes for a bend in turning radius as well so you can still fit in fairly compact spaces... or drop the trailer and park beside it, etc..

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Old 08-16-2016, 06:36 PM   #16
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What is the general height from deck level to the ground on most busees?
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Old 08-16-2016, 07:07 PM   #17
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My bus is about 30feet-ish, with 25 feet of usable space. I think constantly how I wish I could have that extra 10 feet, but also I wouldn't be able to park in my yard and I think my bus barely fits in many places because it's just small enough. My plan is to have a few trailers for additional storage and ready for the occasion, so I think you'll make whatever size you have work.
Occasionally I have a jealous streak when I see the bigger buses, but for our lifestyle and location a big one just wouldn't work. We're in a similar situation. A 40 footer won't fit on our property unless we feel like redoing the driveway and hacking down another 15 trees. Don't wanna do that
The short bus suits our backroads travelling much better, too. We like to go down trails that simply would not accommodate a larger vehicle. Heck, we've even been to places that have signs posted stating a maximum vehicle length of 25ft (due to hairpin turns/switchbacks). Our bus is exactly 25ft!
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Old 08-17-2016, 12:16 AM   #18
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If you anticipate your swing room, i.e. take a larger part of the road to make your turn, the bus will clear corners without an issue. It's easier to demonstrate than type on a keyboard to explain - well at least for me, I'm a visual and learn-by-practice person.
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Old 08-17-2016, 07:48 AM   #19
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For full time living the 40ft is preferable.

I'd suggest looking around how big are the biggest city buses, used in the cities you will visit?

I'm rather fortunate with mine it's the same size as the buses used, so with care everywhere will fit it without needing to swing into a side lane while turning.

A few roads get a bit tight though, inch either side of the bus.
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Old 08-17-2016, 08:03 AM   #20
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people WILL move when they have to.. but it sometimes takes awhile.. I watched a prevost Camper in downtown philadelphia have to back up a line of 15 cars... of course by this time the light changes.. other people are coming.. horns are blazing, etc..

also pay attention when you think of city busses as many cities have different size busses for different routes sometimes due to ridership but also due to street size in crowded areas.. or the city may run the bus along a complete straight line for quite some time as opposed to turning it....

even with a Short bus I use a Trucker GPS when I am travelling to strange areas... not only is it good about Low-heights.. (esp in the east coast / new england).. but also with turning radius.. thus far it hasnt sent me down a dark back alley with no way out..and its avoided all the "11'8"'s..

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