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Old 02-09-2018, 07:50 PM   #1
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Couple of Questions

Greetings from FL. I have a couple of questions....

1) Has anyone developed something like a buyers guide for School Buses and posted it here? e.g. you want this feature, these are the buses that fit the bill
2) Similar to above, any buses/equipment to avoid like the plague

I haven't bought a bus (yet) but I some of the things I believe I want to have/do are as follows:

a) Classic shape (probably got a term about a nose but I don't know what it is - educate me!)
b) Long body (aka not a shortie)
c) Decent headroom so I guess I want to do a roof raise
d) I want to travel in it for long periods of time
e) saw a video of a bus with a large swing open handicapped door near the front and thought that would be a good thing to have

much appreciated...
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Old 02-09-2018, 07:57 PM   #2
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Old 02-09-2018, 08:45 PM   #3
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Greetings from FL. I have a couple of questions....

1) Has anyone developed something like a buyers guide for School Buses and posted it here? e.g. you want this feature, these are the buses that fit the bill
2) Similar to above, any buses/equipment to avoid like the plague

I haven't bought a bus (yet) but I some of the things I believe I want to have/do are as follows:

a) Classic shape (probably got a term about a nose but I don't know what it is - educate me!)
b) Long body (aka not a shortie)
c) Decent headroom so I guess I want to do a roof raise
d) I want to travel in it for long periods of time
e) saw a video of a bus with a large swing open handicapped door near the front and thought that would be a good thing to have

much appreciated...
My understanding is this:
CE= conventional engine; it's out front
FE= front engine; engine is up front, but under bus body...basically next to driver...like some vans
RE= rear engine; engine and tranny in the back
Diesels put more torgue on the ground; better use of fuel
CEs drive more like a car because the steering wheels are out front
FEs and REs the steering wheels behind driver
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:36 PM   #4
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Here ya go Chunder.

http://www.ncuaqmd.org/images/BusTypeDefinitions.pdf

The Seven Different School Bus Types - American Bus Sales


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Old 02-10-2018, 08:18 AM   #5
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Fantastic, thanks to all of you for the info. I already feel smarter.

For the longer buses do you need a different kind of driver's license? like a CDL? I have never owned an RV so I have no clue.
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Fantastic, thanks to all of you for the info. I already feel smarter.

For the longer buses do you need a different kind of driver's license? like a CDL? I have never owned an RV so I have no clue.

Here you go:
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f18/cdl-8309.html

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f13/ne...lie-13209.html


http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f18/wh...needed-13.html

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f18/th...ion-17077.html
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Greetings from FL. I have a couple of questions....

1) Has anyone developed something like a buyers guide for School Buses and posted it here? e.g. you want this feature, these are the buses that fit the bill
2) Similar to above, any buses/equipment to avoid like the plague

I haven't bought a bus (yet) but I some of the things I believe I want to have/do are as follows:

a) Classic shape (probably got a term about a nose but I don't know what it is - educate me!)
b) Long body (aka not a shortie)
c) Decent headroom so I guess I want to do a roof raise
d) I want to travel in it for long periods of time
e) saw a video of a bus with a large swing open handicapped door near the front and thought that would be a good thing to have

much appreciated...
You should come over some time and lets talk buses and have a beer or six.
My bus is out on Ondich Rd off Round Lake Rd.

I can also help you out quite a bit with roof raise ideas. i did one and it came out great.
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Old 02-10-2018, 01:11 PM   #8
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You should come over some time and lets talk buses and have a beer or six.
My bus is out on Ondich Rd off Round Lake Rd.

I can also help you out quite a bit with roof raise ideas. i did one and it came out great.
Better check with the Wife first....
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Better check with the Wife first....
No need for that, I've got a good one.
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No need for that, I've got a good one.
Does she like engines and stuff? Those kinda women are a rare sort

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She's not a motorhead, but she likes my taste in machines!
That's awesome...may you guys have many grand adventures

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