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Old 11-11-2019, 12:05 AM   #1
Join Date: Oct 2019
Location: Corvallis Oregon
Posts: 133
Year: 2002
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: Freightliner
Engine: Cat3126
TC1000 engine up front to loud?

Hi all,
We’ve been trying to decide what kind of bus we want to buy. We sure love the BB TC 1000 and 2000. Like no wheel wells, room for square footage. Read a couple folks complaining about the engine noise (sits right next to driver) and heat. We’re curious if you folks who own engines up front feel comfortable talking back and forth with someone sitting up front with you and that you are con=mfortable with the heat?

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Old 11-11-2019, 01:29 AM   #2
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Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Posts: 441
Year: 2001
Coachwork: Thomas
Engine: Cummins ISC 260HP/660Q/MD3060 6spd
Rated Cap: 81
I owned a class A motorhome with a front V10 gas engine and it was noisy but we could still have a conversation; a diesel would be louder and I have heard people with the front engine bus describe it as being too noisy to have a conversation. That’s why I went with a rear engine. Now after having experienced the engine 35 feet behind me it makes wind noise more noticeable. With time and effort I hope to plug up most of the noises though.

As for heat, it definitely made it warmer inside with the front engine. After being on the highway for a while everything was warm from the engine heat, the floor the storage compartments underneath etc... it’s hard to say exactly how much warmer it made it inside but I can say we always had the dash air cond on and often had to run the generator to turn on the roof air cond. with our rear engine bus it is a fair bit more comfortable without the air cond on though still warm in the summer, and the body, floor and under storage area aren’t warm when we’ve been on the road.

For me any extra heat and noise are enough to require a rear engine but we spend a lot of time traveling in the summer and like to be able to talk and hopefully not run the generator for air conditioning. Front engine buses are also harder to do repairs and service on as the engine is crammed in a smaller area.
Hope this helps.
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