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Old 01-29-2011, 06:18 AM   #1
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Re: bus comparison, bluebirds.

There will always be some places you can't go, but both of those buses would turn on a dime compared to most other skoolies. The 25 footer has a shorter wheelbase than a full-size van. Even the 33 footer will be much more maneuverable than the average bus. However, the shorter the wheelbase, the more you'll feel the bumps.

Verify that they have the same engine, and maintenance will be the same. 100k miles is nothing for a bus if it's been taken care of. Fuel economy will be a little better on the shorter bus, but the extra length doesn't add a whole lot of weight.

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Old 01-29-2011, 06:11 PM   #2
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Re: bus comparison, bluebirds.

Originally Posted by seekertom
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Still looking to do a simple, on-the-cheap camper conversion, and I have 2 possible candidates. Both are Bluebirds, both (Ithink) are TC2000's. One is '93 25 ft, 100k mi one is '95 33 ft., 70k mi. Price and condition same for either, except 25 has new tires tomorrow, and 33 has 2-yr olds with very low miles. I can think of pros and cons to either bus for what I need, but I need help at a deeper level, so...
1) Would there be any differences between the two in maintenance?
2) Would there be significant driving/handling differences between the two?
3) Given same power trains, would mileage be significantly different?

The 25 would be awesome for running a lot on the (well maintained) dirt roads in the 65k acre preserve at the end of my street (lots of wkend unwinding), but would the 33 be so much more to handle to the point of not possible?
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Old 01-30-2011, 10:50 AM   #3
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Re: bus comparison, bluebirds.

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Old 02-03-2011, 01:27 AM   #4
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Re: bus comparison, bluebirds.

My 25 footer turns a lot sharper that my Chevy crew cab...
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