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Old 12-10-2014, 03:13 PM   #11
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Re: What type of bus handles the best in the snow?

Don't conventionals have a little more ground clearance than transits, on average?
Around here they use conventionals almost exclusively, mostly due to the rural routes in the area. Maybe the ones that were stuck had the worst routes?
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Old 12-10-2014, 03:58 PM   #12
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Don't conventionals have a little more ground clearance than transits, on average?
Around here they use conventionals almost exclusively, mostly due to the rural routes in the area. Maybe the ones that were stuck had the worst routes?
These were all buses from city's and suburban towns. They didn't get stuck, they hit other vehicles, highway signs, etc. Nearly every bus in the fleet is a conventional,there is 1 fe Thomas but that's it. They stay on main roads and do group stops, there not on dirt roads or anything. I think they chose conventionals (there's 3 ic and all of the rest are C2s) because they preformed better on the highway. The only reason there's a fe is because its under a different contract from a different company.
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They didn't get stuck, they hit other vehicles, highway signs, etc.
I'd be more inclined to say operator error rather than any one type of bus. I am always amazed how people who grew up around here
"forget" how to drive when the first snow comes around. I may be the worlds biggest chicken, but with over a million and a half miles in a semi, I ALWAYS stayed on the road and never slid into anything. Always got where I was going.
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Old 12-12-2014, 10:33 PM   #15
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. . . Those are automatic tire chains by onspot. There nice, but expensive. I'd get manual ones if I use chains.
We had them put on a big mobile office my former employer built years ago. The boss (a former fire chief who was familiar with them) called us all into his office, made each one of us look him in the eyes, and repeat "Maximum speed 20 MPH" (or was it 25?). Either way, the speed limit was posted on the dash next to the switch. I never had occasion to try them.

The insta-chains are for getting you moving when you are just spinning your wheels. They won't help keep you from rear-ending a 4 wheeler because you are coming down an ice-covered hill too fast.

The alternate option is automatic sanders. These look like dual exhausts hanging part-way down in front of the drive tires, ready to spit sand or salt onto the snow or ice. I've seen the sander pipes installed on a handful of Skoolies and fire trucks around here instead of insta-chains, but I have never seen a driver using them.
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Old 12-12-2014, 11:02 PM   #16
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I've looked into sanders. On a carpenter I looked at they had them. I'll see if I can find a bus fairly close that has them.
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