So. Trying to decide on a style of bus for a couple of months now.
Goal is a full timeable and boondockable bus. For two.
Transits piqued my interest because of the high ceilings and w i d e bodies.
Minuses for transits are their high mileage and German transmissions which seem to be prevalent. The low floors can be a headache too. (I think the Gillig Phantoms and RTS are interesting for their high ceiling AND under bus storage AND semi-manageable wheel tubs inside the bus.) anyway
But then Skoolies have way lower miles,much more ground clearance and lots of space for under the bus installations. Tanks, storage, what have you...
Alas they are 6 inches more narrow and a 78" roof is the best you can hope for.
Don't get me wrong. We are short peeps. (5'5" and 4'8") So the head clearance isn't the main deal. I would like it to seem roomy. A high ceiling helps. And before you say "Raise the roof" lol. Not this time. Maybe next build
Furtermore...A Skoolie would be easier (I assume) to source parts from an American manufacturer if/when something breaks. (Remember 500k is typical on what I have been seeing city bus' go for.
Been looking at the 78" Thomas buses (Does BlueBird make a 78" roof???)
and feel they are what I should be looking for. Cab over and Rear Engine preferably.
So, friends. I hope we can have a conversation about this and get some opinions flying...