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sashi 06-18-2017 10:54 PM

Hello (Looking for a short bus)
 
Hi All,

I like many of you have decided to take the school bus conversion journey. I am hoping to find a bus that is under 22ft exterior long. It's been a little hard to find bus makes and models. So if you have sugestions!

I am a young man who is a single traveler. I hope to park it on my parents property while I am in college.

oricha1984 06-19-2017 01:23 AM

I think you have to take a number and get in line for the shorties.
Nah... You can find what you want. But short buses tend to sell for more than the big ones. More people are after shorties.
Good luck and welcome.

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EastCoastCB 06-19-2017 05:58 AM

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Originally Posted by oricha1984 (Post 209838)
I think you have to take a number and get in line for the shorties.
Nah... You can find what you want. But short buses tend to sell for more than the big ones. More people are after shorties.
Good luck and welcome.

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IDK, the shorties I see usually are cheaper.
Most exporters and dealers want the maximum size.

cadillackid 06-19-2017 07:12 AM

22 feet is tough unless you go van cutaway.. my redbyrd is right close to 22 feet and its a 6 window.. Bluebird did make a 5 window at one point but they are pretty rare to come by..
-Christopher

oricha1984 06-19-2017 07:58 AM

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Originally Posted by EastCoastCB (Post 209843)
IDK, the shorties I see usually are cheaper.
Most exporters and dealers want the maximum size.

I guess I was thinking about the van chassis shorties. Nvm then ;-)

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EastCoastCB 06-19-2017 08:08 AM

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Originally Posted by oricha1984 (Post 209873)
I guess I was thinking about the van chassis shorties. Nvm then ;-)

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I see a bunch of nice 6.0 vans listed on the auction sites lately.:thumb:

oricha1984 06-19-2017 08:09 AM

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Originally Posted by EastCoastCB (Post 209879)
I see a bunch of nice 6.0 vans listed on the auction sites lately.:thumb:

Send me the links dude. Sharing is caring ;-)

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EastCoastCB 06-19-2017 08:25 AM

It'll be a lot of them. There are some SWEEEEET vans out in Cali on GD right now.

Robin97396 06-19-2017 10:37 AM

Welcome Sashi

Have you been looking at any buses in the size you want? If you're actually going to live in your bus you might consider something a tad larger. There's no problem if you've got to much space in your bus, but there's a real problem if there's not enough space in your bus.

I'm just suggesting that you try to draw up a floor plan that works for you and see if it can realistically fit into a 22' bus/van. Personally I like having an open cargo area in the back of my bus that can house building materials for the build, and later will haul a dual sport bike.

Find a place that has buses and see if you can test drive a few to gains some experience and get some ideas.

cadillackid 06-19-2017 10:58 AM

while bus dealers often WAY over-charge on price for used busses.. they are a great resource to at least go look and drive busses or crawl inside them to get an idea how much space there really is inside... and howe hard / easy certain busses are to drive..

just because you look at a dealer doesnt mean you have to buy a bus there.. but if you do find a good deal then you always can..

once you know what bus you are after then you can hit the auctions and look for good prices and snag a bus!.
-Christopher

sashi 06-19-2017 11:59 AM

I have been looking at this.
#1859 2005 Ford Corbeil E450 6.0L Diesel Auto 5 row Tinted Windows Florida Radio used buses@ BGA School Buses, Inc. Hudson, FL
This seems to be a van chassi.

I would love something like this
#1807 1996 International Thomas Vista T444E Allison Automatic Hydraulic Brakes 6 row@ BGA School Buses, Inc. Hudson, FL

But a tad smaller. Though maybe I should just check it out.

sashi 06-19-2017 02:15 PM

I was looking at a van chassie Ford Corbeil E450 and a International Thomas Vista. Both are supposed to be 22'6'' I am trying to find ones like them near me. My favorite is this one #1807 1996 International Thomas Vista T444E Allison Automatic Hydraulic Brakes 6 row@ BGA School Buses, Inc. Hudson, FL


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