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Old 04-02-2019, 10:35 AM   #1
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Hello from Chambersburg, PA!

My husband and I are looking for a bus to travel in with our 2 year old son and lab dog!

So far weve only checked out one in person. Its a 95 Thomas 6.0L 3116 rear engine. 170k miles. But had some rust on the steps. Its for sale around 3k. We are thinking its a no go due to the rust and the roof is pretty short (it has two air units making it about 6 feet)

My husband is 62 and Im 511 so we definitely need headroom. 65 is what wed feel comfortable with. We thought about the roof raise but we dont feel too confident in taking that on... any advice?

Basically were trying to find any bus with a decent head room, under 175k miles, and our budget is 4K. Does this seem reasonable?

I know we could find a shuttle that would meet our needs but then we have to pass up on any boondocking and off roads. Any shuttle people that would care to convince me that theyre the way to go?

Thank you guys so much for your help. We definitely have the bus fever and its so hard to not just buy the first you see so you can get started converting. Were trying to be smart and take our time.
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Old 04-02-2019, 10:38 AM   #2
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Look for a high headroom model. I'm 5'10" and its really cramped feeling in a six foot headroom bus. Even if you can stand upright your head is so close to the ceiling it causes you to slouch.
Look at the passenger windows. If their top edge is higher than the drivers window its a high headroom bus.
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Old 04-02-2019, 10:54 AM   #3
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Look for a high headroom model. I'm 5'10" and its really cramped feeling in a six foot headroom bus. Even if you can stand upright your head is so close to the ceiling it causes you to slouch.
Look at the passenger windows. If their top edge is higher than the drivers window its a high headroom bus.
Looking at this bus... check out the pic. The windows look ever slightly higher... is that what you mean? Or am I seeing things haha
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Old 04-02-2019, 10:57 AM   #4
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Looking at this bus... check out the pic. The windows look ever slightly higher... is that what you mean? Or am I seeing things haha
With a better side shot you would see the hump in the roof just behind the driver, tells you it is high roof.
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Old 04-02-2019, 11:00 AM   #5
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With a better side shot you would see the hump in the roof just behind the driver, tells you it is high roof.
In this pic I think you can see the top a little better

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Old 04-02-2019, 11:07 AM   #6
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In this pic I think you can see the top a little better

The whole white section of the roof is 3" taller than the front.
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Old 04-02-2019, 11:31 AM   #7
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This is basically my bus - it's going to run about 6'5" down the center. However, you're going to lose headroom if you insulate. A subfloor with 1" of XPS foam and 3/4" plywood (which is only an R value of 5) will take away 2" of headroom and furring the ceiling with 1X plus 1/4" plywood will cost another inch - so you'd be at 6'2" down the middle. If you're going to chase moderate weather, the insulation won't be so important, but this is like the bare minimum of what I'd do (I'm going for 3" insulation all around in my bus).
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Old 04-02-2019, 11:38 AM   #8
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Would you guys mind looking at these photos of the rust... I think this might break the deal for me but Ive never had to deal with rust so I really dont know
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Old 04-02-2019, 11:40 AM   #9
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This is basically my bus - it's going to run about 6'5" down the center. However, you're going to lose headroom if you insulate. A subfloor with 1" of XPS foam and 3/4" plywood (which is only an R value of 5) will take away 2" of headroom and furring the ceiling with 1X plus 1/4" plywood will cost another inch - so you'd be at 6'2" down the middle. If you're going to chase moderate weather, the insulation won't be so important, but this is like the bare minimum of what I'd do (I'm going for 3" insulation all around in my bus).
Okay thats helpful, thank you! Its hard to know whether itll bother us or not. I mean itll prolly feel weird at first but I feel like youd just get used to it and go outside when you wanna really stretch, etc
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Old 04-02-2019, 11:44 AM   #10
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Greetings from 3 hours west! Any time I search for a skoolie, I don't pay much attention to the headroom. As others have said, the roof bump and/or pass/driver window heights will tip you off. I am 6'3'' and would have to raise any roof I get. Insulation added to the roof/floor takes away that headroom, so a raise would be ideal. Id also insulate the sides after deleting windows. It may be daunting, but I don't think anyone regrets a roof raise.
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