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Old 06-19-2017, 07:02 PM   #1
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vertical windshield vs sloped

I'm beginning shopping for a bus and wonder if anyone has an opinion about driving with a flat vertical windshield vs a sloped & curved windshield like on a 2007 Thomas Freightliner? Is glare from oncoming head lights an issue?
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:45 PM   #2
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Most of us avoid that new stuff like the plague. Too many systems to fail, and too many emmissions controls on the engine for it to live any kind of normal life without spending tens of thousands of dollars.
Both my buses have nearly vertical windshields and glare is just something to get used to. At night there are reflections everywhere in a bus!
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That's good info to consider, thanks. and, my mechanic says the same about my '96 Dodge Cummins vs the newer ones.
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Old 06-19-2017, 08:20 PM   #4
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I'm beginning shopping for a bus and wonder if anyone has an opinion about driving with a flat vertical windshield vs a sloped & curved windshield like on a 2007 Thomas Freightliner? Is glare from oncoming head lights an issue?
having had school, transit and coach busses over the last 30 yrs, to me it doesnt make a lot of difference the slope of the windshield. some transets even have one sloped and one flat windshield such as flxible or fishbowel gm. i have also driven the newer school busses such as that conventional thomas you posted, and there is no problem.
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Most of us avoid that new stuff like the plague. Too many systems to fail, and too many emmissions controls on the engine for it to live any kind of normal life without spending tens of thousands of dollars.
Both my buses have nearly vertical windshields and glare is just something to get used to. At night there are reflections everywhere in a bus!
Even in the day the reflections can be fun!

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Another factor when thinking about different windshield designs is replacement cost should you catch a rock with one.

A split windshield comprised of completely flat glass is going to cost far less to replace than one giant piece of curved glass. You'll also have a much better chance of finding a glass shop that can make you a flat windshield than finding one with a special shaped piece of glass in stock. That's a big concern if you're planning on doing any amount of driving in remote areas (which can include interstates running through the middle of nowhere.)
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Wouldn't a sloped windshield produce less drag and therefore better fuel economy?
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esp a horizontal one
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