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Old 03-28-2019, 05:02 PM   #1
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Flat Nose

are flat nose buses a hot commodity?? weve been searching for one but they all seem to be priced super high compared to the dog nose. my husband wants us to get a flat nose because he doesnt think id be able to drive the convientional bus
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Old 03-28-2019, 05:06 PM   #2
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Most find it a bigger learning curve to drive the Flat nose as the driver is 4' in front of the front wheels. Flat nose has more buildable room inside. Prices should be in line with a conventional.
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Old 03-28-2019, 05:14 PM   #3
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hm, the ones i’ve been seeing lately on the auctions have been almost off to 4k so maybe i’m on the wrong sites or it’s just bad timing haha
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Flat nose cost more in the first place especially rear engine.
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Old 03-28-2019, 06:10 PM   #5
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If you are near a bus sales depot (meaning that type of business), you should test drive a conventional front engine, a flat nosed front engine, and a rear engine bus. You will see if you can handle any/all of them.
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Old 03-29-2019, 09:03 AM   #6
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hm, the ones ive been seeing lately on the auctions have been almost off to 4k so maybe im on the wrong sites or its just bad timing haha
$3-$4k is not terrible for a decent flatnose bus. I see some cheaper than that but they tend to have less desirable drive train or condition.

I paid $3450 for my A3RE and felt like I got a good deal. 2002 with 170k miles, 8.3 and MD3060.

Good luck with your search.
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Old 03-29-2019, 10:31 AM   #7
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OP, what are your intentions with the bus? travel? full timers, weekend warriors? Sleeping capacity? where are you located? intend on steep mountain passes? I think that driving a flat nose has a different learning curve as like previous people had said, your steer tires are behind the driver. When I first started I loved this post that explains pros and cons to different bus types. I decided on a conventional bus because of the approach angles as I intend to use it on remote roads. Choosing the best bus body style for your build — Buslandia

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Old 03-29-2019, 10:40 AM   #8
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I'd like to know from someone experienced with driving on icy roads whether the dog nose bus turns better or stops better on ice than a flat nose, or if there is much of a difference ?
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Old 03-29-2019, 12:21 PM   #9
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I would expect that difference to come down to tires more than anything. My intention is to never drive in snow or ice.
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I would expect that difference to come down to tires more than anything. My intention is to never drive in snow or ice.
I've often traveled north in the fall looking for winter - a snow storm is considered to be good weather when you race sleddogs - lol
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