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Old 11-28-2016, 06:54 PM   #1
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I am just getting started and like everyone else has trying to determine what size bus I need. I have tried searching the forum but can not find any definitive info on bus sizes and there interior measurements. IF it is out there please point me in that direction.

Will probably go as big as I can find. Gots lots of grandkids I want to haul around
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Old 11-28-2016, 07:26 PM   #2
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There's no right or wrong answer.... a full length bus will be 40 feet long at most, which will give you about 30-35 feet of convertible space inside depending on the bus options you choose (front vs rear engine, conventional vs transit style, etc).

If you have a rather large crew you'll be hauling around then yes you will want as big as you can find and probably also use bunk bed setups to maximize your space utilization.
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Old 11-28-2016, 07:49 PM   #3
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since they're made to haul people they're rated by passenger capacity, 3 kids to a seat.

most of our buses are 66 and 72 and i've driven a couple 75 seat thomas conventional saf-t liners.

so..that's 66/3=22 seats, two sides, 11 seats per side. the 72's are 12 seats per side.
The thomas has 13 on one side and 12 on the other. 25 seats times 3 kids per seat, 75.

Plus driver of course.

The transit we have is about 3' shorter than teh same capacity conventional but about 5' shorter wheel base (estimage when parked beside each other with rear axles lined up - same rear overhang behind the axle on both - an older bluebird transit and 2016 IC CE). (my avatar picture has the IC CE and behind it is teh BB transit)

They make 84 seat conventionals and up to 90 seat transits. Don't htink those are common though.

We've got nothing under 66 and all the new ones are 72's. Some are rostered to capacity so maybe next year's bus order will have some higher cap buses.
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Old 11-28-2016, 07:59 PM   #4
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I am just getting started and like everyone else has trying to determine what size bus I need. I have tried searching the forum but can not find any definitive info on bus sizes and there interior measurements. IF it is out there please point me in that direction.

Will probably go as big as I can find. Gots lots of grandkids I want to haul around
I have a 2003 International 65 pax skoolie. It has 11 windows on each side. From the back of the drivers seat to the back of the bus is 28.5' and the interior is 7.5' wide. For a grand total of approx 203 sq ft of living space.

You can follow my conversion at www.thismidwifetravels.com

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Old 11-29-2016, 04:07 PM   #5
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Thank yall for info
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