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Old 07-27-2018, 04:49 PM   #1
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Rear Engine Short Bus?

Is there such a thing? WOuld love to find a rear-engine bus to reduce noise, but would also like to stay around 30' so we can use for national parks.

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Old 07-27-2018, 05:11 PM   #2
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They do exist but they are harder to find. I was actually looking for that exact same thing when i bought mine but i couldn't turn down the deal i got so i got a 40 footer.
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Old 07-27-2018, 05:11 PM   #3
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I saw mention of short RE bus in a post here recently. I have never seen one myself.

They are unicorns.....
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Old 07-30-2018, 08:21 PM   #4
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Seems like different people describe a "shot bus" differently. The shortest RE that I have seen, was, (I think) 11 windows.
Those do seem to be elusive., but go for it.
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Cut ten feet out of a 40 footer. Just look for one with a full steel frame--Even sounds like fun! Jack
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Old 07-30-2018, 09:38 PM   #6
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Aren't the RE's motors supported in their own frame that bolts on the back of a conventional frame? If so then it sounds doable on a real shorty. Whats the shortest FE?
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Old 07-30-2018, 09:40 PM   #7
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I saw mention of short RE bus in a post here recently. I have never seen one myself.

They are unicorns.....
I've seen plenty.

SuperDave has one.
There were upwards of a dozen just on Public Surplus last month. Went cheap too.
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Old 07-30-2018, 09:41 PM   #8
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Aren't the RE's motors supported in their own frame that bolts on the back of a conventional frame? If so then it sounds doable on a real shorty. Whats the shortest FE?
FE's can go a bit shorter than RE's.
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Old 07-30-2018, 10:08 PM   #9
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Is there such a thing? WOuld love to find a rear-engine bus to reduce noise, but would also like to stay around 30' so we can use for national parks.

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This 03 TC2000 RE was for sale at Northwest Bus a couple years ago. I doubt it was a school bus due to lack of flashing lights.
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Old 07-30-2018, 10:32 PM   #10
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Cut ten feet out of a 40 footer. Just look for one with a full steel frame--Even sounds like fun! Jack


Granted, I am no mechanic, but that sounds like an enormous pain in the @$$!!!
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Old 07-30-2018, 10:40 PM   #11
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This 03 TC2000 RE was for sale at Northwest Bus a couple years ago. I doubt it was a school bus due to lack of flashing lights.


Thatís the one! That is exactly what I need! A rear engine bus that is short enough to go anywhere!!!

Let the unicorn hunt commence!!!
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Old 07-30-2018, 10:41 PM   #12
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Granted, I am no mechanic, but that sounds like an enormous pain in the @$$!!!


Wait, that actually looks like a front engine bus.
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Old 07-31-2018, 06:33 AM   #13
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This 03 TC2000 RE was for sale at Northwest Bus a couple years ago. I doubt it was a school bus due to lack of flashing lights.
That's a FE bus with RE rear hatch exit.



I'm telling you- they're not unicorns. You just want one NOW and that makes it seem like they're so elusive.
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Old 07-31-2018, 10:03 PM   #14
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That's a FE bus with RE rear hatch exit.



I'm telling you- they're not unicorns. You just want one NOW and that makes it seem like they're so elusive.
You're right, again. Finally found the video....I lusted after this bus for quite a while early in my search.....



I must've had it confused with this 10 window, although I don't know if it's RE or not.
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Old 07-31-2018, 11:35 PM   #15
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As usual, my steel trap memory, let me down again. I gotta find me one of those buses.
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Old 07-31-2018, 11:36 PM   #16
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Pic from left rear shows odd rear door arrangement and side vent for rear engine. Front grill makes it look like an FE. If that's the case, bolting a RE to an FE bus is not out of the realm of doable. Again, what is the shortest FE bus out there?
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Old 08-01-2018, 01:18 AM   #17
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This 03 TC2000 RE was for sale at Northwest Bus a couple years ago. I doubt it was a school bus due to lack of flashing lights.

these and thomas's the same size are quite common.. but ive never see none in an RE, only FE...


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Old 08-01-2018, 01:29 AM   #18
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Just bear in mind that a short pusher may have squirrely handling, especially when the roads are wet or slippery. With such a difference in weight front to rear, you could get a "tail wags the dog" feeling with all that weight behind the rear axle and not much in front to counterbalance it. The 36-foot versions of my bus did not have the poise or balance that the 40-foot versions like mine have.

The local school district here has some short Thomas pushers, maybe about 30 feet long or just over, and they're the shortest RE school buses I've ever seen. If you want a good-handling shortie, buy a short mid-engine Crown!: http://www.crownisking.org/culacobus.html

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Old 08-01-2018, 02:27 PM   #19
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Omg...... That"s sweet!
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The blue bus is front engine, you can see the dog house through the door
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