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Re: Why choose a city bus? by John Chleapas
Post New Message I am also hoping to buy a decent bus in a few years. I was once a parts and service manager for a small bus company. The big plus for me for a over the road type bus is the larger useful amount of underneath storage. You can never have too much storage in a bus IMHO for full time use, or any type of extended travel. The RTS type buses look very nice. There is a beautiful conversion for sale for around 39K right now fully converted. For long hauls the gears in the RTS rear end may need to be changed for better fuel mileage. If the RTS has a automatic trans there is a speedo gear waiting to be changed in the tail shaft if you swap out the rear end gears. Fitting a larger diesel gen set into a RTS might be more problematic. I will be on the FAR lower end side of the bus conversion food chain. The 40 year old GMC 4106 is at the top on my short list. They are built much like an airplane with all aluminum frame construction. The down side is they are not really a candidate for raising the coach roof, or slldes. The MCI 5a, b, and c series is also on my short list. But the older MCI 5 series can have rust problems where the 410X series does not really rust out. Good luck on your search! Be sure to pay your mechanic to go with you to inspect any bus you may seriously want to buy. A few hundred dollars spent to make sure it is not a rust bucket, or a mechanical monster is cheap money spent compared to the cost of a rebuilt and installed crate motor and the associated labor fees. John
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Post New MessageWhy choose a city bus? Tom 10-12-04  
  Reply to MessageRe: Why choose a city bus? grant g 10-21-04  
  Reply to MessageRe: Why choose a city bus? DANatVAIL 11-10-04  
  Reply to MessageRe: Why choose a city bus? TomC 1-30-05  
  Reply to MessageRe: Why choose a city bus? John Chleapas 10-5-05  
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