Originally Posted by mrblah
Like which Bus models are just crap and must be avoided (there always are...)
Gassers and anything with a Cat powerplant should be avoided. Between the lack of mileage for gassers and the fact that Cat parts are proprietary, they're both huge drains on the wallet. IMHO, unless you need a wheelchair lift, also stay away from handicap buses. The wheelchair tie downs are bolted through the floor, and some have an aluminium tie strip that's screwed down about every 6 inches or so.
Do read through the "Titles, Insurance, Registration, and Money Matters" subforum, particularly discussing Progressive
. Lots of good info there about who not to buy insurance from. And read through the builds, and if you're looking into a short bus, the short bus build threads. That'll help give you an idea on what to look for- but this is a good recommendation: Get a 4-7 window short bus on a medium-duty truck chassis, be it IHC, Blue Bird, Thomas, etc. More space to work, and less hassles than a van-chassis