Phone: after 5 pm, call will be returned the next business day Fax: 785 827-3017 E-mail: Watch this video for assistance in determining which electrical center is installed in your bus:. If they come with the purchase price it sweetens the deal considerably. Sightlines from the driver's seat, particularly to the right, are very poor. E-350 vs E-450 : Most full size wheelchair vans are Fords and shuttle buses are no exception. Same thing goes for states where there have been recent floods. The '72 F500 shorty I converted had 825x20 tires.
Highlights of the bus: Girardin Coach Conversion Ford E-450 Super Duty Chassis 24 forward facing cloth seats with grab handles and armrest. This bus is roomy and spacious, guaranteed to provide passengers a smooth, comfortable ride. Casper 1-15-04 Hi PaPa, For my money, I'd have to go with the school bus. It comes with a 7 inch screen, night vision, a microphone, and the ability to handle 3 cameras. A backup camera system is almost essential. However, there are 3rd party web sites such as that can do national or state searches on Craigslist.
The E-450 has a 55 gallon fuel tank, almost double that of the E-350. Most shuttle buses are in the 10,000 range so weight is usually not an issue. Bus body already pretty well insulated. The downside : As the size of the vehicle grows, so does the cost per repair, especially diesels. I converted two previous steel skoolies and discovered the following: 1. E350 shuttle convert - bus? This bus was part of a transportation fleet and always had full maintenance and is unusually clean. It doesn't matter which manufacturer built the chassis or the body.
I have room for a hoyer lift but some shuttles, like mine, even have horizontal grab bars mounted on the ceiling that can be used to support a ceiling track motor to lift your loved one out of their chair. If you do drive it home be aware that many of these vehicles have been on the dealers' lots for a year or more and the batteries may be in bad shape. Tinted T-Slider Windows, Stainless Steel Entrance Rails, Modesty Panels, Stereo with bluetooth, high idle control unit, engine block heater, rear heater, and Air Conditioner. Seats are cloth and very comfortable with armrests. That hoyer lift or other equipment I just mentioned; it is easily secured in a 2nd wheelchair position. Empty without seats they weigh 9550.
Empty with seats it weighs 11900. All Messages in Thread Author Date PaPa 1-14-04 I'm seriously looking at a Ford E350 shuttle for a conversion. Mine is so easy I can literally drive it with a single finger tip. The '96 i'm looking at has an intergral steel cage, with glass laminates bonded on both the inside and out. Engine runs great and the 4 speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly.
Just make sure your propane heater is rated for indoor use. The one I bought, pictured here, was owned by the City of Antioch, California and used as their senior and paratransit bus. And the otherwise mechanically sound brake were terribly insensitive and flat-out dangerous on ice. . You can't stand up so you risk injury to your back.
It's big but it drives and corners smooth, no wallowing whatsoever. Consider making a few modifications and registering it as a motor home. Perfect as a transit shuttle or activity and outing vehicle for corporate events, weddings, and wine tours. A hospital bed or massage table fits in a shuttle bus easily and does double duty as a bed and a diaper changing station. You can even put one inside the bus. Recently installed new turbo, brakes, tires, and alternator.
There are plenty to choose from, just not all in your home town. It's a lot more work but you'll pay about half as much. My shuttle bus is a 2000 Ford E-450. Mine is a 2000 and has the humps over the rear tires. I own three shuttle buses made by two different manufacturers. You can still park it in a regular parking space.
Many of these will have lived hard lives, driven by maniacs. Very inexpensive way to have a good camper and great tow vehicle. You can search for words like shuttle, minibus, bus, and van but you'll get a lot of hits that aren't relevant. Take a few out; problem solved. The skoolie will ride like a ox cart and rattle like a garbage disposal eating a spoon, but it will be safe, cheap and easy on diesel fuel.
From there it was sold at auction and I bought it from the dealer. You can also feel unnatural flexing in the floor just behind the dog house where the floor of the chassis meets the floor of the bus body. Get a short skoolie Lower deck, less steps to climb. These regularly go a half million miles because they're built on a medium duty truck chassis, not a light duty. The advantage is a floor that is flat througout the entire bus.