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Old 02-06-2016, 10:09 PM   #1
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5 Window Conventional Bus

I'm having an extremely hard time finding any conventional short buses with 5 windows, diesel engine, and non tinted windows. Do they even exist?

Also discovering how unbelievably bad used school bus sale websites are...

Anyone have pictures, specs, or a link to any such bus?

Thanks!
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Old 02-07-2016, 07:50 AM   #2
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Just keep looking and be patient.
I see some buses that people buy because they want one "now".
Can't you just remove window tint?
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Old 02-07-2016, 08:08 AM   #3
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Woah!

Woah! Thanks!!
Somehow I always thought that window tint was a feature of the glass - yes, we could definitely handle removing the window tint.

I guess the question is now whether you can find a conventional 5 window short bus with a decent engine & tires. We've been trying to find one with a Navistar or Cummins engine since we plan to drive it across the country a couple times and those have the best reputation for reliability.

We don't have to get a bus "right now" but with the aggressive goal of finishing our conversion by mid August, we should get one soon. We've been looking intensely for about a month and a half, and more lightly since last October. (But were looking for 6 Windows till recently)
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Old 02-07-2016, 08:16 AM   #4
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Cool. What part of the country do you currently reside in?
Not sure on the tint, but factory tint is good stuff as its in the glass and won't peel. Most tint is pretty easy to remove.
What if you find one with six windows?
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Old 02-07-2016, 09:06 AM   #5
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We actually found a pretty good six that fits all our requirements, but we're trying to make sure we've turned over all the stones before we commit. Going smaller would be nice as it would get us close to being able to park wherever you can park a big pickup. But right now it looks like we would loose a lot of other things if we went with a shorter bus, at least at the dealers we've been checking. (i.e. More rust, engines with not as good of reputations, worse tires & less ground clearance (for logging/camp roads), and higher price). Neither my bf nor I have driven a vehicle larger than a uhaul van so we're a little wary. We're going to test drive next weekend so that should be informative.

Any thoughts on this '98 vs this '07?

http://www.422sales.com/components/v...nk_27903_12800

http://www.422sales.com/components/v...nk_27903_16223



Oh! And we live in west PA
thanks so much!
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Old 02-07-2016, 09:33 AM   #6
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the length of a six window vs five is pretty insignificant and any extra space you can get will be super useful. Even my 40 footer isn't too bad to drive once you've done it.
The 07 is too expensive for what it is. the 98's price seems a lot more reasonable.
Start watching the auctions and less dealers. Also, I'd travel for a bus if I lived up where you are. Michigan, Ohio, and PA buses just are too rusty for me.
From Colorado to Cali is where the nice buses are.
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Old 02-07-2016, 09:45 AM   #7
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Or how about this one-
Public Surplus: Auction #1534540
Allison 2000 tranny, 7.3 Diesel with lowish miles, looks pretty solid, even has auto chains!

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My 24' cutaway drives just like my van until I go to park it or back it up. It has a wider turn radius but that's only an issue in tight spaces. Brakes are great, better than my van I'd say. If you're used to a van you'll hardly notice the extra length behind you when driving a short bus down the road. I do need two parking spaces.

My 24' six window has 16' behind the driver's seat while a five window 21' footer has only 13'. That extra 3' let us include a shower and a bit more storage.
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I can attest to the patience bit! I was so itching to buy our bus....but I finally found ours from a local preschool!
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You want one like this. If you count the windows all the way around, I think there are 5.
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