Need Opinion: I've got the base narrowed to four options
I'm about to embark on my skoolie project and have spent about a month researching and looking at buses. I've narrowed it to these four, all at the same price point, and want to know what your opinions are. All have decent tires.
Option 1: 1999 International 3800 35 foot
Transmission: Allison Auto 4-Speed
Pros: Already titled as an RV, two 13500 BTW rooftop A/C, installed 2-inch reese hitch, wheelchair lift and door
Cons: Half-done conversion -- finished, but mostly things just placed inside. 6'1 ceiling, with 3 inch drop downs on the A/C units. I'll have to duck.
Option 2: 2004 International
Transmission: Allison Auto 4-speed
Pros: Underbelly storage, driver's side emergency exit door, Fleet maintained until 2019, driven once a month since then.
Cons: Some surface rust underneath
Option 3: 2004 Thomas Freightliner 40-foot
Engine: Cat C7
Transmission: Allison 545
Pros: Side emergency exit
Cons: No underbelly storage
Option 4: 2008 International 35-foot
Engine: International 6.4
Transmission:Allison Auto 4-speed
Pros: Fleet maintained until 2020, 78 inch ceiling
Cons: No underbelly storage, no side exit door