Hey guys, and thanks in advance to anyone who reads this lengthy post and helps provide your information and experience.
I've got some questions regarding Bus Conversions and Truck Conversions. First of all, I'm trying to figure out all of the manufacturers who offer true bus conversions on the market today (capable of million + miles). I'm a musician looking for a tour bus that will reliably carry my group around for many years to come. I know Prevost is considered to be the gold standard for someone in my line of work, however, I want to understand the market to weigh all of my options.
To my knowledge, all of the following offer true bus conversion structures: Prevost, MCI, Silver Eagle, Newell, Van Hool [Possibly: American Coach, Monaco, Newmar, Entegra]
Are all of these true bus conversions? Are there others?
2nd Question relates to truck conversions. These builds also intrigue me because they're built right onto a semi truck chassis with towing capabilities of 40,000 plus lbs. I don't believe these are built like bus conversions, quite frankly, I don't know. But, because of the great towing capacities, equating to less engine wear and tear, these builds also appear to be viabale options for me. Both manufacturers, Showhauler and Haulmark, boast million+ mile capabilities for their coaches. There's also the argument that the front engine provides better cooling with natural airflow, and easy access for maintenance and repairs.
What are your opinions? Are truck conversions comparable to bus conversions in terms of longevity?
I'm looking for a long lasting coach that can go the distance, without paying a premium for the over-the-top luxuries typically found in most of the Class A's mentioned above.