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Old 07-22-2016, 09:51 PM   #21
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ooo i will look into them if they make them shorter than 35!
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Old 07-22-2016, 10:17 PM   #22
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35 feet is the shortest coach you'll find unless you get a VERY old bus. In fact, I believe that after 1980, only 40 & 45 foot coaches were built. In fact Prevost and Eagle only ever built 40' or larger coaches. Most examples of Pre 1980 coaches are going to be spent or converted already. You can probably find an already converted coach, in reasonable mechanical condition, in need of some interior and cosmetic TLC, for $10-20k.

If you want a bus under 35', as I do, you're only real choice is a school bus-based vehicle.

Gillig stopped making school buses over 20 years ago. They continue to build transit buses (city buses) to this day.

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Old 07-22-2016, 10:19 PM   #23
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Stupid question. Is a coach the same as a motorhome, or is a coach a bus?
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Old 07-22-2016, 10:20 PM   #24
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Would buying a city bus, like a gillig be a bad idea, because they aren't meant for highway driving?
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Old 07-22-2016, 10:20 PM   #25
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Dude, I was going 63 for 800 miles watching EVERY vehicle leave me like I was standing still.
For interstate miles a real coach is FAR superior.
Interestingly, some school buses CAN go 80 mph stock. But they don't have the ride and handling of a coach.
Found this on YT this morning- sucker must have a RAD drivetrain
Coach ran our school's activity bus at 80, EVERYWHERE he went.

I hated following him in my suburban on old 2 lane roads
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Old 07-22-2016, 11:15 PM   #26
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the transit busses ive ridden and driven dont drive well (to me) on the highway... plus a lot of the gilligs we have currently in the fleet here in columbus ohio have a wierd floor line.. with the last 3rd of the bus raised up a foot or two...

the busses do run 65+ on the highway as the transit routes (express routes) take them on the freeways..

most of them do have air-ride as they "kneel" them for wheelchair and handicapped people to enter and exit... the ones here in town also have air brakes air seat and tilt / telescopic.. they have road A/C, tinted windows...

people can and do convert transit busses.. there was just a FLXIBLE rally here in ohio.. I didnt make it up but pictures i saw were of some later model (90s) transit busses that had been driven a decent distance...

I know our city runs mainly all gillig transits.. and for some routes (the city circulator that goes in the historic districts) are shorter than the normal busses.. but I dont know by how much.....

our transits also seem to have low floors even before kneeling so im not imagining there much space underneath for plumbing , tanks, generators, etc...

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Old 07-23-2016, 12:07 AM   #27
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Coaches are buses, not motorhomes. But a coach can be built out to a motorhome.
MC5's are 35 feet long.
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Old 07-23-2016, 01:49 AM   #28
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Depending on where you're reading or whom you're speaking with, "coach" is often used interchangeably with "RV" or "motor home". It's also used to denote road accessories as opposed to parked (house) accessories; IE coach air vs. house air. I was at an RV dealer a few moths ago and the salesman called a Class B a coach.

When you're hanging out with bus or RV conversion folks, a "coach" means motor coach. Skoolie is obvious. Bus is generic.
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Old 07-23-2016, 07:26 AM   #29
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Depending on where you're reading or whom you're speaking with, "coach" is often used interchangeably with "RV" or "motor home". It's also used to denote road accessories as opposed to parked (house) accessories; IE coach air vs. house air. I was at an RV dealer a few moths ago and the salesman called a Class B a coach.

When you're hanging out with bus or RV conversion folks, a "coach" means motor coach. Skoolie is obvious. Bus is generic.

hey at least they have some sort of system... I always used to say its a "trip bus" vs a "school bus" vs a "Camper"...

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Old 07-23-2016, 07:40 AM   #30
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BusFiend... would you advise me against buying a VERY old bus... like something built after 1980? That certainly IS old ( i was born in 82 after all hahahah) just to keep it under 35? Or would I better off, based on being faced with a very old bus or a school bus to stay under 35, to go with a school bus?

Or maybe I should throw out the 35 rule? I just wanted to be able to get into national parks? My boyfriend is disabled from his traumatic brain injury and we can get into all of them for free.
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