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Old 03-12-2016, 05:22 PM   #11
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Mine's an RE, I chose it because the motor won't be running when I'm asleep in it, and I won't have to listen to it when I drive.

Plus like robin said, even if you absolutely had to work on it in the rain, mine has a built in flip up water diverter!

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Old 03-12-2016, 06:06 PM   #12
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This is the size I'm thinking of.

I want the all-steel, won't pankake if it rolls over model.


Full-size truck chassis, engine/tranny.
Just missing a few feet behind that rear axle.

This looks like it has 8 windows, I'd be open to the 10-window size - its really just the full 12/13 window size I'd like to avoid, just so I don't quite have that huge overhang at the rear. I don't plan to do any real off-roading with it, but at the same time, if I go to a national park or somewhere with a dirt road, I don't want to be worrying about dragging the side skirting down the road either.
That's no fullsize. Thats medium duty.
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Old 03-12-2016, 06:20 PM   #13
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Egg-zacktly. That looks survivable if it goes over a cliff.
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Old 03-12-2016, 07:16 PM   #14
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Ah! The Wile E. Coyote conversion!
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Old 03-12-2016, 07:23 PM   #15
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Buses are very aerodynamic while they're going down.

In a complete vacuum a feather would fall at the same speed as a bus. Marinate on that for a while.

I weighed my bus yesterday and it clocked in at an even 19,000 lbs.
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Old 03-12-2016, 07:46 PM   #16
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I weighed my bus yesterday and it clocked in at an even 19,000 lbs.
I think my rear axle weight is more than your whole bus! Lightweight!!
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I think my rear axle weight is more than your whole bus! Lightweight!!
You should actually weigh it, I weighed mine sans interior and came in at 17.9k.
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Old 03-12-2016, 10:53 PM   #18
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If you've ever watched the bus crash tests, everything behind the drivers area looks fine. Of course they didn't have a wood stove in the back of the bus during those tests.
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