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Old 08-08-2019
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Chris, I just went through the same thing and understand 100% where you're coming from. SP36 a wonderful bus for me, tight for two and with limited basement et.c. storage despite better onboard cabinets. I have had everything from a pop up trailer to Class Cs to FC all the way through 45 footers and most recently a 40' to evaluate on a flip that I bought from a Randy client so I have run the gamut. I thought about another 45' recently, which was the MCI Wanderlodge - and passed - just too much bus. I also looked at a WB42 mid door in TX but found enough wrong with it and that I ended up just not liking it that I passed. On that trip, I stumbled into an M380 purely by happenstance, drove it, considered what I liked and didn't like about everything and then bought Don's M380. As to size, if I had a 40' I wouldn't be in Maggie Valley right now as I'm squeezed into a smaller spot over here at X Creek. I'm reasonably handy but I also like having a powertrain familiar to every single truck shop on the road and am very fortunate to have a coach formerly owned by a kindred spirit since Don did about 90% of what I would have done and quite a bit else that is beyond almost every one of us save for Stephen Hawking and aliens (the rear slide control being a good example). It wasn't what I was looking for initially but it is what suits me to a T. Oh and 600 miles is no great stretch for the 380 or for me in a pinch but it takes a while to do as I like to drive 65-70 in a bus and time is time.
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Everyone says their 40+ foot widebody beast is so easy to drive, glides down the road effortlessly, and fits in every single place you'd ever want to go. Yet nobody seems to drive in the rain, in the dark, or more than 2 hours a day. Doug is the exception, but he has a 38 so I'll give him a pass
Apparently, I am the other exception.
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Apparently, I am the other exception.
You're a few feet over!
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The "No Stress Express" is up for sale again I believe it is a PT 35/36. He posted it on Facebook last week. That was Ed's bus that got sold and came right back to him or Randy and then sold again.
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I looked at Ed's bus back when I was looking for a FC, but at the time I convinced myself I didn't want a tag axle. The paint is really good but I prefer the classic blue bird lines.
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Chris, don’t forget the BMC’s they’re the size your looking for, wide bodies, lots of storage down below, Cummins/Allison, none of the super fancyness, exhaust brakes and no engine computers. If it only looked like an eighties bus it would be perfect for me, but I love it.
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Chris, don’t forget the BMC’s they’re the size your looking for, wide bodies, lots of storage down below, Cummins/Allison, none of the super fancyness, exhaust brakes and no engine computers. If it only looked like an eighties bus it would be perfect for me, but I love it.
I always drool over BMCs at a rally. I think they look good and you're right- a great size. I guess I could say that a 37' BMC is too practical and I'm stubborn.

If I'm going up to a wide body bus its going to be a s60.
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Everyone loves their BMC.

Sometimes I get the sixfootitus but then I slap myself. By the way Prince Edward Island is beautiful this time of year.
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Chris you have a nice bus spend your bucks on a storage building first ,one large enough so you can upgrade in the future .
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Make sure it's large enough for two!
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Make sure it's large enough for two!
With a pit for company
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