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Old 11-25-2016, 07:23 PM   #11
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I have the truck nose and naturally since, I do. I want a flat nose.
Next bus will be a flat re just because I don't have one haha.
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Old 11-27-2016, 04:30 PM   #12
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I just like the look of the flat nose busses better. Thats really only the only reason I want to get one lol. Ive been tossing the idea around of getting a flat nose short bus. I think that would be plenty of room for what I really want to do. I won't be living in mine, just using it for adventuring and road trips.Maybe tailgate too.
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Old 11-27-2016, 05:08 PM   #13
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Which bus is better for boondocking
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Old 11-27-2016, 05:25 PM   #14
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Which bus is better for boondocking
I don't see how one is better than the other... It's very subjective, because everyone's needs and expectations are different.
I'm full timing in a 35' bus, and there's a lot to get ready to break camp and go camping somewhere else. It just takes a little planning and a couple hours. Then setup on the other end, and vice versa.

A short bus seems like it would better fit boondocking... Especially if you aren't full timing. Because when I took my bus to state park for a couple weeks, I needed my son to pick me up to get my suburban to the camp ground (at beginning and on the end)... But, I was needing to be at work 50 minutes away everyday.
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I was thinking clearance issues, it seems as if the dog nose sits way higher than flatnose.
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Old 11-27-2016, 07:41 PM   #16
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I don't see how one is better than the other... It's very subjective, because everyone's needs and expectations are different.
I'm full timing in a 35' bus, and there's a lot to get ready to break camp and go camping somewhere else. It just takes a little planning and a couple hours. Then setup on the other end, and vice versa.

A short bus seems like it would better fit boondocking... Especially if you aren't full timing. Because when I took my bus to state park for a couple weeks, I needed my son to pick me up to get my suburban to the camp ground (at beginning and on the end)... But, I was needing to be at work 50 minutes away everyday.
I won't be boondocking per say. Probably a lot of nights spent in a rest stops or parking lots as I'm traveling the states from campground to campground. I want to have enough room for a few friends and I think that can be accomplished with the size of short bus. I probably won't be doing a shower, just a toilet, and no stove just a small sink. Mostly setting area and bed room. I like to do my cooking over an open fire when I'm camping.
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Old 11-27-2016, 07:56 PM   #17
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For Boondocking it is not the type of bus that matters, it how you set it up. Most buses are about the same height. Some have higher roofs, but that is an option available if ordered for that bus. As I have learned about buses I have found they can be ordered in so many different ways. My bus has Air Brakes, because its mandatory in Washington state. The bus I got for my daughter has Hydraulic brakes, because they are mandatory in Idaho. I had a long talk with the manager of the bus barn in Idaho about how they order and spec out the buses they get. They get base model, no extras and Hyd. brakes. My bus has sanders, Air brakes, belly storage and wood under the floor, hers has non of that.
If you want to boondock, think composting toilets, solar panels, large fresh water tanks, LED lights, 12V outlets, large Grey water tank, generator, etc.
RE, FE, Dog Nose, flat nose, all are going to work with each offering something good and bad. You decide.
I would focus more on getting the right engine and trans, and something that will do Hwy speeds. Activity buses are the best for that.
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Old 11-27-2016, 07:59 PM   #18
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For Boondocking it is not the type of bus that matters, it how you set it up. Most buses are about the same height. Some have higher roofs, but that is an option available if ordered for that bus. As I have learned about buses I have found they can be ordered in so many different ways. My bus has Air Brakes, because its mandatory in Washington state. The bus I got for my daughter has Hydraulic brakes, because they are mandatory in Idaho. I had a long talk with the manager of the bus barn in Idaho about how they order and spec out the buses they get. They get base model, no extras and Hyd. brakes. My bus has sanders, Air brakes, belly storage and wood under the floor, hers has non of that.
If you want to boondock, think composting toilets, solar panels, large fresh water tanks, LED lights, 12V outlets, large Grey water tank, generator, etc.
RE, FE, Dog Nose, flat nose, all are going to work with each offering something good and bad. You decide.
I would focus more on getting the right engine and trans, and something that will do Hwy speeds. Activity buses are the best for that.
What engines and tranny combos would you recommend? Ive seen a lot for people talking highly of the dt466. I think thats what it is. I haven't seen a ton about trannys though.
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Old 11-27-2016, 08:45 PM   #19
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I won't be boondocking per say. Probably a lot of nights spent in a rest stops or parking lots as I'm traveling the states from campground to campground. I want to have enough room for a few friends and I think that can be accomplished with the size of short bus. I probably won't be doing a shower, just a toilet, and no stove just a small sink. Mostly setting area and bed room. I like to do my cooking over an open fire when I'm camping.
Yes, I've found it difficult to stay warm with the microwave...

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Yes, I've found it difficult to stay warm with the microwave...

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Now thats funny! It works better if ya get your head and shoulders completely in! Bwahahahaha
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