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Old 01-18-2018, 12:25 AM   #81
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I'd say without measuring, about 22 feet...I can measure in the AM if you would like a more exact number...

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Old 01-18-2018, 12:35 AM   #82
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I'm looking for a bus under 30' with at least 20' of usable space that is 78" tall. Does this exist? My husband is 6'4.5" so it's a must and we don't want to have to raise the roof.

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78" is about as tall as you will find in any school bus. If you need more headroom you will need to look at a transit coach. Transit coaches, particularly the low floor models, have the most headroom of any bus on the road today.

Gillig and El Dorado made some transit buses that were 30' which would give you at least 20' of usable space behind the driver. 30 ft El Dorado (1999) with 4 in stock - Used Buses for Sale at Transit Sales International

Be aware that the high headroom is only found between the front of the bus and the rear axle. From the rear axle back the floor is level with the tops of the fender wells. The fuel tank had to go somewhere.

I know you said 30' was your limit but here is a pretty nice one that is 35' and it has your 78" headroom. https://bellingham.craigslist.org/rv...404460661.html

Here is one that has a lot of what you will need to do already done to convert from bus use: https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?f...=3&acctid=8746
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Old 01-18-2018, 12:36 AM   #83
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Thanks, 21'-22' is what my guess/estimate was. Do you have kitchen, toilet & shower by chance in it? Trying to figure out how much we can fit.
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Old 10-30-2018, 01:28 PM   #84
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This thread is amazing. The Blue Bird Vantage link is gold. Can someone confirm for me - am I reading this right? Is this bus 30'4" long bumper to bumper? Unit Dashboard | Portal
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Old 09-23-2019, 08:57 PM   #85
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2003 Thomas Saf-T-Liner ER headroom?

Cannot seem to find the floor-to-ceiling dimensions anywhere for some reason
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Old 09-23-2019, 09:44 PM   #86
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Question Longest school bus?

Has there ever been a 45 foot long and 9-10 foot wide double rear axle school bus?
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Old 09-23-2019, 10:13 PM   #87
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Has there ever been a 45 foot long and 9-10 foot wide double rear axle school bus?
Some of the Crowns were tandem axle. I'm not sure how long they were. The widest buses are coaches and I think they are around 102 inches wide.

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Old 09-23-2019, 11:19 PM   #88
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Has there ever been a 45 foot long and 9-10 foot wide double rear axle school bus?
No, school buses were limited to the 8'x 40' max. Coaches and transports have been known to be 45'.
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Old 03-25-2020, 08:29 PM   #89
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This post is a few years old but I have been trying to figure this out too!
Excellent. Thanks.
It will make the internet search so much easier. We do not have our bus yet, but are shopping.
We are going to have to tow a Jeep behind the bus and don't want a huge bus but need some room inside. The floorplan I came up with we need at least 13-14 feet.
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I'm also about to get my first bus I would be interested in seeing your floor plan if that would be okay with you!
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I'm also about to get my first bus I would be interested in seeing your floor plan if that would be okay with you!
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Can't find dimensions

so I'm looking at buying a 2008 IC CE BUS 29 passenger. I can't find anything online about the dimensions of that bus. Hope you guys can give me something.
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Old 04-02-2020, 01:41 AM   #92
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A rough guess would be between 26' and 30'.


All full size school buses are 96" wide.
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Old 04-02-2020, 05:05 AM   #93
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so I'm looking at buying a 2008 IC CE BUS 29 passenger. I can't find anything online about the dimensions of that bus. Hope you guys can give me something.
bout 24 feet.
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Old 04-02-2020, 07:47 AM   #94
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Number of windows (6) X 27.5" + 10' for a CE (+6' for an RE or FE) = 23.75'.
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Is that just for the back part or the over hall length. Because if know its 8 feet wide and thats about it.
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Old 04-02-2020, 09:59 AM   #96
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Is that just for the back part or the over hall length. Because if know its 8 feet wide and thats about it.
My formula is for the overall length of a bus.
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Dimensions of inside

would really like to know the dimensions of the inside. So I can start planning what I'll have where. I want to have a plan before I buy the bus.
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Old 04-02-2020, 10:17 AM   #98
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so I'm looking at buying a 2008 IC CE BUS 29 passenger. I can't find anything online about the dimensions of that bus. Hope you guys can give me something.
Mine is 24' overall, 15' from rear of driver's seat to back door.
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would really like to know the dimensions of the inside. So I can start planning what I'll have where. I want to have a plan before I buy the bus.
Your interior will be 7'6" wide and about 14' from the back to the edge of the stairwell / back of the driver's seat.
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Old 11-28-2020, 09:31 AM   #100
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Since we are trying to make a decision on what size of bus we should by was i looking for dimensions.
Would it be possible for somebody of maybe posting the different Buses with their actual inside (usable space) dimensions?
what is the inside dimension for a 54 passenger? What other sizes do they come in?
You can tell I am new to buses.
I was looking through some floorplans,however on most of them there is no dimensions given, the pictures are nice but measurements would even make it better.
I know the original post for this is old, but I thought I'd reply with my research for those new new-comers currently searching for answers. Also want to give back a bit, others have been so helpful as I search for answers on here, and so far, this is the only expertise I have to contribute!

Important measurements are the exterior length, but also the interior useable space, which is from behind the drivers seat to the rear.

There are two types of fronts to a bus that dictate the overall external length and internal useable space: dog nose and flat nose. The dog noses always have front engines, but the flat noses can have front or rear engines. A rear engine flat nose will have perhaps an extra 1' in length then the front engine flat noses. We'll get to how to calculate that length of a bus in a minute.

From the tip of the nose of a dog nose to just behind the drivers seat (again, to where your useable space begins) is about 9'. From the tip of the flat nose to behind the drivers seat is about 4.5-5'. The "entryway/foyer" for a dog nose is smaller then the "entryway/foyer" for the flat nose, but overall, the dognose add more length to the overall bus length bc of, well its nose. The flat nose has to have a bigger "foyer" because the engine has to stick into it, but is still overall shorter from back of drivers seat to tip of nose.

The overall external length of a bus matters not just b/c of comfort in navigation, but b/c National Parks and other campgrounds have either hard limits on length of RVs, or, just have limited sites for longer RVs. You want to find that perfect balance of external length to internal useable space ratio.

So then, how to tell how long a bus is when the seller doesnt make it clear?

You can use a window count, or a passenger count.

Each window is typically 28", and that includes the framing. This is simple of there arent any emergency exits or wheelchair doors. Therefore -

8 windows = 224" = 18'8"
9 windows = 252" = 21'
10 windows = 280" = 23'4"

And so on...

Remember, you then need to add your length for the drivers seat forward, to get the overall exterior length of the bus.

8 window flat nose = 18'8" + 5' = 23'8"
8 window dog nose = 18'8" + 9' = 27'8"

And so on ...

And then, number of passengers is often given. This is listed as, for example, "46/72 pass", and this means that bus holds 46 adults OR 72 children. Secause each pair/row of seats has a window, you can calculate length of the bus by passenger. This is helpful if the seller doesnt provide pictures that are condusive to counting windows (I have practically gone cross-eyed trying to count bus windows!). You will find however, that sometimes, they enter the data incorrectly, calling what is clearly a 6 window bus a 72 passenger, and it will drive you crazy.

There are children passengers, and adult passengers. You can usually tell if they are using child or adult numbers, if you have even a slight sense of how long the bus is based on a picture.

Each seat fits 3 children butts, or 2 adult butts.

And so if the number of passengers provided is for children, you calculate by dividing the total number of passengers by 3 (because 3 children's butts per seat), then by 2 (because 2 rows of seats in a bus). If the number of passengers if adults, then divide the number by 2 (for 2 adults per seat) then by 2 again (because 2 rows of seats in a bus).

48/72 = 12 windows, because 48 / 2 / 2 = 12

Then you know 12 windows = 336" = 28'. Then add your length for the dog nose or flat nose, and your'e all set!
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