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Old 07-18-2019, 07:27 AM   #1
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Thomas vista 3600 shorty? Good idea?

Hi guys been reasearching for a little over a year.

Want a weekend/ cross country camper for me and my fiancee was locked into getting a 4-5 window cutaway,

But just discovered the thomas vista shortbus 3600 looks like the best option for us since it has the most conversion space to vehicle lentght and width. Looking for the 23' shorty (anything bigger might be a paint to park in my driveway.

If anyone has input on these I would appreciate it.
(Or best place to find one)
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Old 07-18-2019, 08:41 AM   #2
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Old 07-18-2019, 11:41 AM   #3
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Ok I'm torn between a f450 4-5 window with 10-13ft of living space. And 19-23ft long. Not alot ot undercarriage space for water tanks, propane..ect


Or 3600 with 16 ft of living space ar 23ft. Maybe easier to work on than the f450s? More undercarriage space.

So are they crappy ride and hard to work on compared to other buses?

What about compared to a cutaway f450 7.3?
Would also want to add that usually th 3600 is double the price.

The f450 would be better geared for highway speeds right?
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Sooo a cutaway f450 better?

Amything longer than 24 feet in my driveway will not fit.
What body style?
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Old 07-18-2019, 11:55 AM   #5
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Old 07-18-2019, 11:56 AM   #6
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What body style?
A 7.3 ford powerstroke 4-5 window thomas cutaway.
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Vista has a crappy ride quality and engine hard to work on. Not a very well liked chassis in the bus world.
Nice that we have a mod who doesn't sugar coat stuff and gloss over the fails.
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Old 07-18-2019, 12:00 PM   #8
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Ok I'm torn between a f450 4-5 window with 10-13ft of living space. And 19-23ft long. Not alot ot undercarriage space for water tanks, propane..ect


Or 3600 with 16 ft of living space ar 23ft. Maybe easier to work on than the f450s? More undercarriage space.

So are they crappy ride and hard to work on compared to other buses?

What about compared to a cutaway f450 7.3?
Would also want to add that usually th 3600 is double the price.

The f450 would be better geared for highway speeds right?
Crappy ride and general low build quality.
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Old 07-18-2019, 12:06 PM   #9
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Ive seen F450 with a cowl, but I dont recall seeing any school buses made out of them, just shuttles. Ive also seen shuttles on F450 pickup truck bodies Id sure take either body style over anything that stuffs half the motor halfway inside the cab (uh, like mine).
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I’ve seen F450 with a cowl, but I don’t recall seeing any school buses made out of them, just shuttles. I’ve also seen shuttles on F450 pickup truck bodies I’d sure take either body style over anything that stuffs half the motor halfway inside the cab (uh, like mine).
I'm sorry!!!! Brain fart! E450 the standard ford 7.3 powerstroke school bus shorties.

So a thomas 5 window shortie e450
Vs a 5 window vista is really my dilemma

Both duck for engine location. But in the long run I feel that a full size bus will outlast a van body cutaway?
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