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Old 06-01-2020, 06:32 PM   #1
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Question Help me find my own in a million, please!

Help me find my own in a million, please!

Its a tall order! what Iím mostly looking for is anyone else who looked for the same things in their bus build that I am looking for now and, roughly, found it

Here are some musts for meÖ
It canít be super long, 30' and over is too big for me.
I need to have a high roof, over 6í2Ē.
MPG canít be below 6-8mpgÖ I really hope it wouldnít be anyway!
Want it to be very safe, structurally!
Also, reliable! I am learning about cars and engines, breakdowns on the side of the road all the time? Lots of problems? Nah huh, besides the convenience thing. I donít know how to handle lots of car problems (working on learning more about it though!).

I know that MPG is never going to be great, no matter what! But 5 or 7 MPG is the kind of thing I really want to avoid! Thats why I was looking at buses that could roughly get 9-12 mpg, anything above that would be amazing!

I want something thats safe. I was leaning towards Shuttles for awhile because of better MPG, but then I heard people talking about fiberglass frames and the bus is not going to hold up as great in a crash compared to the structural integrity of a school bus (is this true?).

Give me your stories! Your thoughts and opinions, your research!
Thank you for your time!
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Old 06-01-2020, 06:45 PM   #2
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I plan on scouting a few buses for another buyer tomorrow and a couple of the ones available are high roof, not sure which ones (they have varying sizes). I can take a few pics of anything suitable while I'm there if you like. Can also possibly help with transporting once the deal is done.
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Old 06-01-2020, 07:04 PM   #3
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Look for a 5-8 window fullsize chassis shorty. I get 10+ mpg from mine. But I mostly credit the gearing. It DOESN'T have school bus gearing. I got it with a 3.27 rear end.
YOu may find that if you find a REAL nice bus you may also want to get it geared for the new job its going to be doing. Instead of stop and go picking up kids its now going to be asked to be a motorhome, so gear it for the highway and you'll get better mpg than running down the highway with skoolie gears.
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Old 06-01-2020, 10:30 PM   #4
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Look for a 5-8 window fullsize chassis shorty. I get 10+ mpg from mine. But I mostly credit the gearing. It DOESN'T have school bus gearing. I got it with a 3.27 rear end.
YOu may find that if you find a REAL nice bus you may also want to get it geared for the new job its going to be doing. Instead of stop and go picking up kids its now going to be asked to be a motorhome, so gear it for the highway and you'll get better mpg than running down the highway with skoolie gears.
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Old 06-07-2020, 12:11 AM   #5
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Ive never heard of changing gearing, what does that entail?
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