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Old 08-15-2016, 04:30 PM   #1
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Short vs. Loooong bus?

Can't pull the trigger on either a long bus (40ft) or a shorter one like a 27 passenger (28ft) bus.

Other than the shorter turning radius of a shorter bus, would any of you guys that have a 72 passenger bus wish it was 12 foot shorter? Or do you like having the extra length (no pun there )?

Just trying to decide, and would love the pros/cons.

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Old 08-15-2016, 06:06 PM   #2
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Old 08-15-2016, 06:26 PM   #3
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I like the short just because is legal to park anywhere since is 21.5F long and easier to drive in small towns although I haven't lived in one yet.
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Old 08-15-2016, 06:37 PM   #4
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I like the short just because is legal to park anywhere since is 21.5F long and easier to drive in small towns although I haven't lived in one yet.
A house is always hard to park.
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Old 08-15-2016, 06:39 PM   #5
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Depends what you're doing with your bus I suppose. Yea, the shorter bus would be better parking a traveling in cities. But, with a long bus you could have a toad, motorcycles/scooters to get around in.
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Old 08-15-2016, 06:55 PM   #6
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I went with a short bus as I intend to use it for weekend maybe week long trips, if I were going to fulltime I would go full size.
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Old 08-15-2016, 10:09 PM   #7
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Wife and I have a 40' Thomas. We'll be full-timing in her once she's finished to the point we can move in. We figure there's about 320 square feet of living space (more or less - probably a bit less) and an additional 160 square feet of cargo room in the bays below the floorboards. The cargo bays will house water storage, a Webasto, a genset or two, and other assorted equipment required to full-time. We are selling our 30' Ford B600 to a good friend. We found the B600 was waaaaaaaaay too small for our needs. Lesson learned the hard way the first go-around.

I've driven the vast majority of my 2.2 million miles in 18 wheelers, so size is irrelevant to me. The larger the vehicle, the happier I am.

The larger build room allows us to have luxury items like a full-sized refrigerator, full-sized pantry, washer, dryer, full-sized shower, large closets, a king size bed, a big dinette, a full-sized galley, and many other creature comforts smaller buses cannot accommodate. She'll be comfortable, a bit cozy, but she'll be paid for, and all ours.

Just my two cents.
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Old 08-15-2016, 11:34 PM   #8
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I guess in a way, you can't really see what you're driving behind you, unless you're turning. Which is easy after a few times?
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I guess in a way, you can't really see what you're driving behind you, unless you're turning. Which is easy after a few times?
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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