I am looking right now, but trying to decide what will work best for me.
What I want:
---66-72 pass. size bus for conversion
---ability to run 65-70 highway (will regear if know it will help)
---would like 10mpg, but not below 8mpg (i'll give this up before speed)
---cost below $5k for bus (bus only, not conversion)
---need to tow 7k to 9.5k lbs trailer on occassion
---economical to maintain (why I lean to the Intl 7.3)
Here are some options I like, from http://www.taylorbus.com
(you can go there, pick 'search used buses' and search on the stock numbers below if you want to see pics and more specs). I am not looking to buy one of these specific buses right now, they just represent what I think may work for me.
The four that may do the job:
stock# 15270 - 1991 International/Thomas, 7.3 Diesel, auto, 66 pass
stock# 15588 - 1991 Chev/Bluebird, 8.2, 5 speed, 66 pass
stock# 14621 - 1993 Amtran/Genesis, DTA360, auto, 66 pass
stock# 15141 - 1991 International/Thomas, 7.3, 6 speed, 66 pass
edit: I tried to hot-link these, but their software timed out when I went back later, so if you want to see them, you have to go through their listing search.
To make it easy, i've made it a poll. But PLEASE make a post and tell me why you picked the one you did! (Or what other models/combos you would recommend I look for)
EDIT: I made a mistake in the poll, the 3rd option should be "stock# 14621 - 1993 Amtran/Genesis, DTA360, auto, 66 pass". Could an admin fix this, please?