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Old 11-24-2019, 01:07 PM   #1
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Hi everyone! I want to say a hearty thank you to all you folks who share soooo much information! This is a great education and adventure were already enjoying!!!
Well, we checked city ordinances...only one driveway per house and ours in front of our garage/art studio is short! We arent in a place to completely re-landscape our front yard and put a new driveway in so we are looking for a shorter bus. We love the traditional bus style...the turtle backs dont appeal to us and hope to find a bus 24 foot to 20 foot long..18 the shortest if flat nose. Wed prefer a dognose or flat face with pusher engine...dont want an engine right by us when on the road unless somebody knows some magical insulation process that takes care of heat and Lise in one fell swoop!
Weve been taking notes from your suggestions about the best engines, transmissions, gearing, tires, rust, history, maintenance, miles, insulation, where the engine is and interior height of the bus and think we might be able to make an educated decision now
Short buses seem to be in high demand so Ive been checking our resources everyday.
Anybody have one? Were interested in straight from the school to unfinished or finished we can put our mark on.
Thanks so much! Were excited to share in the adventure of the build and the road! Getting close to retirement and would love to have a less expensive way to get out and about!
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Old 11-25-2019, 09:48 AM   #2
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Old 11-25-2019, 11:44 AM   #3
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Thanks Solomon! I’ve sent them a question about how long it is. Looks like a pretty clean bus
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Old 11-26-2019, 06:14 AM   #4
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We love the traditional bus style...the turtle backs don’t appeal to us and hope to find a bus 24 foot to 20 foot long..18 the shortest if flat nose. We’d prefer a dognose or flat face with pusher engine...don’t want an engine right by us when on the road unless somebody knows some magical insulation process that takes care of heat and Lise in one fell swoop!

I'm pretty certain you can rule out a flatnose at that length, and you can deeefinitely rule out a RE. I've seen some flatnoses that were 28 feet, and I think maybe a couple around 26 feet, I dont think you can find RE pushers much less than 35 feet.


As for a dognose, I believe most 6 window buses (at least the international 3800 chassis) are right around the 24 foot mark.


AAAbussales (based in Arizona) has a handful of 5 and 6 window buses for sale. International 3800s and 3400s. Most seem to have the T444E with an AT545, the 3400s have a high ceiling (79 inches). Most seem to be in the 22-24 foot range. Prices are not listed.


There is also this 5 window for sale in Nevada (should be about 22 feet) but its pretty rusty.


Here is a converted bus probably about 23 feet long, looks nice, but a bit overpriced in my opinion, who knows maybe they are flexible on price, or maybe im just cheap . (edit: oops, didn't realize this last bus is located in Atlanta...)
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Old 11-27-2019, 03:04 AM   #5
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So right after telling you shorter pushers were virtually non-existant, I came across this 1996, 26 passenger, diesel pusher on the Denver craigslist. Looks like it is probably under 30 feet, maybe high 20's, hard to say. Never seen anything like it. It also looks to be in pretty rough condition
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Old 11-27-2019, 05:29 PM   #6
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I've got a 21 ft 1991 Ford 350 Econoline diesel bus, already converted and also has veggie oil conversion. It's located in southern Oregon. Not for immediate sale, but will be ready this Winter for sale.
The engine is in the front with access via a dog box, so it is kind of noisy.
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Old 11-29-2019, 08:03 PM   #7
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I currently live up in Salem and I’m looking for a shorty also! Would love to see pictures of yours and possible buy when you are ready?1
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