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Old 03-17-2019, 11:18 AM   #1
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Cool School bus vs shuttle bus?

While I get that they naturally have a lower roof, I'm 6-4 and I'm trying to find a cutaway type bus that I won't have to crawl around in. Shuttle buses seem to have higher ceilings, but they also have a very negative reputation on here. Could someone tell me why that is? I've read the argument that the shuttles GVW rating is often very close to it's actual weight, limiting the mods you can make. I've seen some with a difference of as much as 3- 5K pounds, so that sounds less fatal. What other problems are there with shuttles that the school buses don't have? Thanks!
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Old 03-17-2019, 02:49 PM   #2
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My newbie $0.02 on the most important difference:
Most shuttle vehicles are some composite bodied concoction, vs metal on a school bus.
In northern climes, metal bodies hold up to snow loads way better than composites will.

No doubt there are other differences both plus and minus of shuttle vs schoolie that the veteran builder/owners can share info on...
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Old 03-19-2019, 10:11 AM   #3
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Driving a school bus may be less work, shuttle busses can be wobbly and feel less stable, I used to drive an uprated 17,500# e350 limo bus and it was absolutely exhausting
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Old 03-19-2019, 11:20 AM   #4
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I don't have a shuttle and I don't want a shuttle---but---a converted shuttle is far more likely to be accepted at the nose in the air RV parks than is a skoolie and under some conditions that might become important.
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Old 03-19-2019, 01:31 PM   #5
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I don't have a shuttle and I don't want a shuttle---but---a converted shuttle is far more likely to be accepted at the nose in the air RV parks than is a skoolie and under some conditions that might become important.
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I called around to RV parks in my area, and none of them has dealt with a skoolie before or really knew what to make of them, but they're at least willing to take a look at it. I imagine a converted shuttle bus would look a lot more like an RV. One of them also said they had a "no RVs older than 10 years" policy, but they weren't sure how that rule would apply to a newly-converted skoolie built from a 15-year-old bus.
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Old 03-19-2019, 02:20 PM   #6
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Love my shuttle bus.
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Old 03-19-2019, 02:29 PM   #7
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No offence intended. That's what makes this forum fun. We all have our favorite machines and for each of us they are the right ones
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Old 03-19-2019, 06:35 PM   #8
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Some shuttle bus bodies are better than others. The fiberglass Eldorado bodies are the only shuttles that have been successfully crash tested. Starcraft has a bad reputation. Our shuttle as converted with full tanks is 2000 lbs under GVW.

Pro:

Shuttles almost always have highway gearing.

Since they are usually built on a Ford or Chevy platform you can get service from any dealer and parts are easy to find.

Info on repairing them is very easy to find.

They use light truck tires which are cheaper to buy.


Con:

Lousy ground clearance at the step well.

Not built as tank-like.
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Old 03-20-2019, 03:11 PM   #9
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I debated the options as well. Shuttles are more practical- geared better than many skoolies. Shuttles are more stealth for blending in in cities. Skoolies are...kool.
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Old 03-22-2019, 10:27 PM   #10
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Biggest differences are crash safety and weight rating. Shuttles are fiberglass and.... (depends on manufacture) whereas a bus is metal and steel reinforcements. Just like most class C RVs are build at the tip of GVRW ratings.
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