I've been a member since I bought a 1984 Carpenter, 4 years ago. I finished that project, took 2 trips, then donated it to a church that lost their bus in Hurricane Harvey.
I got the bug, again. And this time, I know what I did wrong last time. So, I can either make new mistakes, or get some advice BEFORE I buy the next one. lol
I am looking at a 2009 El Dorado EZ Rider II with a Cummins ISL9 CNG engine mated to an Allison B300R.
CONS: The rated "service life" is 12yrs/500,000 miles. This is a rental car shuttle, with only 270,000 miles, not a city bus with a million. I assume the 12 years is mostly because the CNG tanks, which have 3 or 8 years left on them, depending who you ask. So, the drive train should be good for a long time, with low service requirements, and the tank replacement will be a bunch, but not for a few years.
Also, water/waste tanks are problematic, but I think I can get creative there.
Finally, the range is only 450ish miles, and in some places CNG stations are still 500 miles away. But most of my trips are West Coast, and we have them everywhere out here. I've checked between here (SoCal) and Washington, and here to Utah...those are doable. If I decide to do a cross country, it would require some serious planning.
PROS: ALL THAT ROOM! I travel with my brother who is in a wheelchair, 3 grown kids, and often several of their friends. At 35 feet, and wider than a school bus, there are a lot of options to put in a bathroom, bunkhouse, entertainment center, etc. And it has not one, but 2 wheelchair ramps, so like, putting a table across the aisle up front wouldn't have to be undone every time we get in or out.
Like I said, the powertrain is inexpensive (relatively)
to operate and maintain.
I mostly do multi day road trips with a motel stay at the destination, so I don't have huge water/120v needs. An extra guest battery or two, and a medium sized inverter, along with 50 gals of water and similar waste tanks should be adequate.
So...what am I missing?