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Old 03-13-2019, 04:04 PM   #21
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We watched bus build videos for months and were POSITIVE we wanted a 40í pusher and would not buy until we found the perfect bus. We searched and searched, lost several auction bids, looked at a few buses locally then ended up taking a 38í FE in Nevada (Iím in Oregon) because it had a high top and good price. I thought Iíd regret not holding out for PERFECT but I love her so much and know sheíll be fabulous when weíre finally done with the build. My advice is - donít get paralysis for PERFECT.
I think for most folks getting hung up on what style of bus can be sort of a detriment. I thought I wanted a transit style school bus. I got one and loved it. But now that I've messed around with several buses I've settled on short dog noses as the "best" for me.
After buying and selling 4 or 5 buses I've learned there's no PERFECT bus but if you've got five or ten grand when a badass bookmobile or mobile command unit pops on on GovDeals that's about as close to perfect as it gets. Or a Wanderlodge!
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Old 03-13-2019, 04:10 PM   #22
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Our bus dream started out as looking at a van cutaway, then we started to look at 5-6 window full-size chassis, then we ended buying a 9-window 3/4 size! We're so glad we went that route. It is just me, the wife, and our cat. After having the bus and travelling around for a few years now, we are so happy with the size!

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Its amazing what a shorter bus will do for maneuvering and parking.
A 40' bus is sort of a chore. A 20' bus is like a really large van.
I love my 5 window Thomas bus the best driving bus I've had was the 6 window IC. Really easy and stress free to drive, even in Orlando.
The Thomas is nice, but it definitely feels much more like a farm truck. My last Thomas did too.
I'm not brand loyal anymore. That got me nowhere. Thomas is my least favorite of the big three school bus makers, yet this is my favorite bus of all 5 I've owned.
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Old 03-13-2019, 04:21 PM   #23
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Oh I like farm trucks

Must say my bus is more farm truck then not, just like my old 68 international flatbed dump truck. Great truck.
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Old 03-13-2019, 04:28 PM   #24
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Must say my bus is more farm truck then not, just like my old 68 international flatbed dump truck. Great truck.
Oh- I DO like farm trucks. But not so much for how they ride on the highway!
Very cool International, man!
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Old 03-13-2019, 04:44 PM   #25
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They ride great on the highway ... when the wheels are touching down. A friend rode with me and I did not mention to him to hold on over bridges... He landed on the floor, bounced right off the seat. Thank goodness the bus is not so bad, longer wheelbase helps.
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Thatís a good plan...we had created such a long list of ďmust havesĒ that the field became too narrow. We had a couple specific engine/transmission combinations that became what we agreed to not settle on and leave everything else flexible. Good luck on your search. It will all come together!
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Or years as the case may be...

So long in fact that you may even develop a perfect a spreadsheet for tracing potential buses, have a highly efficient system for searching every known auction, dealer, and listing in the US, and be accused by coworkers of purposefully finding faults so you don't have to buy and can continue searching forever.

Welcome to the club. We need moah new englandahs on heah.

So what kind of a bus are you looking for?

So I'm NOT supposed to just keep 50 different Craigslist and other tabs open with potential leads? Darn. . . . .
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So I'm NOT supposed to just keep 50 different Craigslist and other tabs open with potential leads? Darn. . . . .
I currently have 22 different saves on Craigslist...
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might be fun to list my must haves - MUST HAVE - 35 - 36 feet long, 34 if other wise perfect - dog nose - adequate or more than adequate power, suitable highway transmission, either automatic or manual, (prefer auto ) and highway gearing rear end - little or no rust - things I'd LIKE to have - good tires, snow tires in back - under body storage - - things it would be nice to have - low mileage, super clean - exceptionally well maintained - cold climate model
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