Originally Posted by Romoshka
As one who recently decided to go skoolie Iím way down on the steep learning curve. What, exactly, does a mid bus mean. Also frustrated in shopping for a bus that no one gives lengths. All the video tours you watch you never hear about length of the bus.
Mid-bus was a brand name of a bus body manufacturer.. there were / are many manufacturers of bus bodies. like thomas, IC bus, Bluebird, etc..
it used to be that schools could choose their chassis and body manufacturer separately.. they could buy a blue-bird body with an IH or chevy or ford chassis, etc..
Mid bus is a term some people use to refer to a mid-length too.. counting the windows down the side a "mid length bus" might have 8 or 9. a short bus might have 4,5 or 6 windows.. a full length bus might have 11-14 windows down the side..
a Type A or Cutaway bus is a term that refers to a bus as having the front end of what looks like a normal work van and then a bus body on the back. these are typically short busses (4-6 windows) and have a regular van door as a driver entrance
a type C, CV, Dog-nose, or conventional are terms that refer to larger chassis busses that still have a Hood on the front.. the "regular school bus" look.. IH 3800 chassis, Freightliner FS65 chassis, etc these busses are typically in the 6-12 window length and have a big right-side entrance door and sliding window for a driver window.
a type FE or Front engine bus is a Flat-nose with the engine in the front, these busses have a large doghouse (hump) in the front and are full size chassis busses.. they range typically from 9-14 windows..
a type RE or rear engine bus is a Flat-nose with the engine in the rear. you can identify them as they will have the radiator in the back.. most have the radiator on the side of the bus.. some of the IC / asmtran branded had thew radiator on the rear.. these busses will have a rear window but no rear exit door.. there will be no dog-house in the front.. these are full chassis busses generally in the 11-15 windows...