Originally Posted by whitieiii
i'm just another guy from Washington State just north of seattle! I love buses for as long as I can remember! I want to look at getting a bus at some point in the future but don't know what to get.... I do need some help....
where would be the best place to post my questions on deciding between a few buses and engine/tranny choices?
hope to be a regular here and would love to meet with some of my Washington state members at some point!
You first have to determine how you are going to be using your bus.
If you want to do the hidden in plain sight urban camper then you would not want to get a 40' bus.
If you want to do the go way off the end of the pavement and boondock you probably do not want to get a Type 'D' bus that generally have lower ground clearance than Type 'C' buses.
If you want the maximum interior space then you most probably want a Type 'D' bus.
If you want to use the back of the bus as a garage for toys, bikes, whatever then you most probably do not want a rear engine bus.
If you are never going to be more than 100 miles away from home base then having a bus that can maintain highway speeds isn't going to be important. If you plan to see all of the lower 48, Canada, Mexico and points south then you will more likely prefer to have a bus that can cruise at highway speeds and not slow down that much on the steep parts.
Once you have narrowed your search to what type of bus you want then you can start narrowing your search as to which engines you would prefer and which ones you would prefer to not have.
Whatever you decide will work for you it is important that you get the best bus that you can afford that meets your basic preferences. Spending $$$ later to upgrade HP or gear ratios is going to be a lot more expensive than finding a bus that already has those preferences.
And whatever you do, do not purchase anything with rust. Also understand that bad rust in WA state is not even considered a problem in the rust belt. Here in WA when people say bad rust that usually means the black paint has come off of the frame rails. When people in MI say bad rust it means you can read the newspaper through the holes in the sheet metal and frame rails.
Good luck and happy trails to you!