View Poll Results: What is your favorite bus body brand?
Blue Bird 27 32.14%
Carpenter 2 2.38%
Crown 17 20.24%
Gillig 2 2.38%
Superior 1 1.19%
Thomas 17 20.24%
Ward/AmTran/IC 7 8.33%
Wayne 5 5.95%
Other brand 0 0%
No favorite 6 7.14%
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:48 PM   #11
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Re: Poll: Favorite Bus Manufacturers

This post worked its way down so I thought I'd bump it in case new members don't see it.
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:19 PM   #12
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My choice was a BlueBird because I love the older Wanderlodges (pre 1985). They have character. David fell in love with the looks of the Eagle. Since he had a little bit of cash from his Mom's passing, he got to choose. It was an expensive learning experience. So for a moving van, I was basically looking for a flat nosed 30 - 35 ft BlueBird. We ended up with a 40 footer.

I still regret not buying a fully converted Bluebird back in the late '90's. Instead we put the money down on... a house! All because one of my daughters couldn't bear to live in a campground anymore (not the one who posts here, the other one) and my mother was threatening to take my kids away due to our living conditions (she called it homeless and many authorities saw it the same way).

Oh well, life is made up of the choices you make and don't make. Live and learn. Next!
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:49 PM   #13
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i like Wayne because i own one. and i like the solidity of the way they build the roof.
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:16 AM   #14
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All because one of my daughters couldn't bear to live in a campground anymore (not the one who posts here, the other one) and my mother was threatening to take my kids away due to our living conditions (she called it homeless and many authorities saw it the same way).
It occurs to me that maybe ya should'a sent Sister off to live with Mimi and left me in the 'grounds. She couldn't have turned out any worse than she already has (but then, she's no longer dating the cause of her weirdness so maybe she'll go back to what we considering to be normal. At least 'normal' for her). I was happy in the Parks and Campground, doggone it.
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:26 AM   #15
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I suppose I'd have to vote Bluebird but that would only be because my frame of reference is zilch. If I could have found an 8.3/643 pusher combo in another manufacture, I'm sure I'd have jumped on it. So really BB only won out because it was the first one I found.
As far as sweet aesthetics and body lines, I'd have to go with Crown or Flexi. They just look cool.
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It occurs to me that maybe ya should'a ...
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Re: Poll: Favorite Bus Manufacturers

I'm a school bus driver by profession in addition to having my own conversion. Most school bus drivers around Wyoming seem to prefer Blue Birds, and I have to agree they are great busses. I also like Thomas busses with one exception, I don't like the new C2 conventionals at all. They have bad blind spots, and terrible mirrors. Internationals are nice dependable busses without a lot of frills, simple and dependable. The new mandated exhaust systems on all new busses are a real pain. When they work their way through the school systems and into the secondary market, I'd be real leery of getting one. Anyway, I had to vote "no favorite" on the poll because they all have their plusses and minuses. I don't see one as being better than the others, they are all just different.
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I voted Wayne, but like has already been said, this is a pretty biased poll, lol... I truly do love my Wayne, though! I also voted Crown. Someday, I would love to own one.
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I voted Wayne, but like has already been said, this is a pretty biased poll, lol... I truly do love my Wayne, though! I also voted Crown. Someday, I would love to own one.
Waynes have always been one of my favorites, too. They and the 1965-72 Superiors (with the wraparound rear windows) have the nicest rear styling in my opinion - and we know how important a good looking rear end is.

I'm working on bartering my Winnebago for a Wayne. (Hope this doesn't jinx me)
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