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Old 11-03-2015, 07:31 AM   #31
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Im planning on buying a bus within 2 years
2 years? Don't you think that's a little long to wait...buy a bus and get building!
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Old 11-03-2015, 03:12 PM   #32
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2 years is a good thing.

Look for a perfect bus, and keep saving more money.

Everything always cost more than what you think it will..

I'm glad to see others trying to clean this site up. It's getting stupid around here.

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Old 11-03-2015, 03:20 PM   #33
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Summersj, please start another thread for you questions. I don't want this thread cluttered with personal questions.
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Old 11-03-2015, 05:09 PM   #34
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Look, I'm trying, really I am. I've spent easy a hundred hours reading this site. But the info is all over the place, and the search function sucks raw eggs, so I ask:

Is there a size difference between buses with 72, 74, 78, and 84 seats? And by size, I mean 'enclosed area available for building stuff into'.

Do buses come longer than 40 feet? I've only gone to look at two of them so far and neither were even 40' long. I've never heard anyone mention that they just bought a 44' foot bus in great shape. Maybe there's a law or regulation, like there is evidently about '15 years and you're outta here'.

This is mainly why I am limiting my search to flat nose rear engine buses. They look to have the most cubic foot bang for the buck. And I want the engine to make noise where someone is trying to take a nap, not where I'm trying to drive the bus and read a GPS at the same time.

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Old 11-03-2015, 05:20 PM   #35
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45ft long

my 2 cents,
I have read that federal law does not allow a vehicle with only 2 axles to be over 45ft long under normal circumstances
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Old 11-03-2015, 05:26 PM   #36
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Look, I'm trying, really I am. I've spent easy a hundred hours reading this site. But the info is all over the place, and the search function sucks raw eggs, so I ask:

Is there a size difference between buses with 72, 74, 78, and 84 seats? And by size, I mean 'enclosed area available for building stuff into'.

Do buses come longer than 40 feet? I've only gone to look at two of them so far and neither were even 40' long. I've never heard anyone mention that they just bought a 44' foot bus in great shape. Maybe there's a law or regulation, like there is evidently about '15 years and you're outta here'.

This is mainly why I am limiting my search to flat nose rear engine buses. They look to have the most cubic foot bang for the buck. And I want the engine to make noise where someone is trying to take a nap, not where I'm trying to drive the bus and read a GPS at the same time.

-Dan

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OK here is what I learnt from the googles and from looking at different buses regarding inside space.

Caveat emptor, ymmv, wysiwyg, it's worth what you paid, most old timers here will say i'm full of baloney, etc...

How many passengers when you are talking 72 or 84 etc usually translates to kindergarten size passengers, 6 across. Divide the number of seats by 6 to get a number of rows.

Each row of 6 represents 25" to 30" of inside space north to south, depending on the specific model of bus. Not counting the wheel wells.

My school bus is an 84 passenger. That's 14 rows. 14 x 25 in = 29.17 ft. My actual inside space from the back of the driver's seat to the front of the engine bay is just a little more than that.

There may be newer school buses around longer than 40', I have not seen one.
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Old 11-03-2015, 05:37 PM   #37
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No school bus can be over 40 feet.

Some states / provinces have 37 foot maximums.

Coach style buses are up to 45 feet long.

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Old 11-03-2015, 07:49 PM   #38
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2 years is a good thing.

Look for a perfect bus, and keep saving more money.

Everything always cost more than what you think it will..

I'm glad to see others trying to clean this site up. It's getting stupid around here.

Nat
Two years? Compared with how long I waited, that's hardly any time!

Nat's comment is right on the money, 'specially since buses can be hard to sell off if you decide you bought the wrong kind.
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Old 11-03-2015, 07:54 PM   #39
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Old 11-03-2015, 09:58 PM   #40
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OK here is what I learnt from the googles and from looking at different buses regarding inside space.

Caveat emptor, ymmv, wysiwyg, it's worth what you paid, most old timers here will say i'm full of baloney, etc...

How many passengers when you are talking 72 or 84 etc usually translates to kindergarten size passengers, 6 across. Divide the number of seats by 6 to get a number of rows.

Each row of 6 represents 25" to 30" of inside space north to south, depending on the specific model of bus. Not counting the wheel wells.

My school bus is an 84 passenger. That's 14 rows. 14 x 25 in = 29.17 ft. My actual inside space from the back of the driver's seat to the front of the engine bay is just a little more than that.

There may be newer school buses around longer than 40', I have not seen one.
My 84 passenger was a 40' bus.
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