Church buses are just as other buses in their structure with the difference being that the church bus is operated by a nonprofit religious organization for transporting people to and from religious services. The other difference is church buses normally travel less than 5,000 miles annually while a commercial bus travels 25,000 miles and more annually. Like all vehicles, there are many makes and models.
Church buses are distinguishable because they must have a sign in both the front and back of their bus that says “CHURCH BUS“. The letters of the sign must not be more than eight inches high. Church buses must also conform to state regulated visual signs which are the loading and unloading lights in which the driver actuates when loading and unloading passengers.
There are advantages in both the new and used church buses and should you be considering purchasing one you should be aware of both the advantages and disadvantages. For starters, church buses can be converted into a recreational vehicle, live aboard unit or busines.
There are two types of body style on the church bus- conventional and flat-front pusher. Flat-Front pushers are normally easier to sell and most people prefer the appearance of them better. The Flat-Front pusher is more roomy than the conventional, although it is the same length and visibility is better as well as the ride quieter. The advantage of the convention flip-front offers better engine access which means less expensive repair and service bills and are easier to steer and priced cheaper.
Church buses vary in size. Smaller church buses will not require a Commercial Driver’s License. However, they will not provide transportation for as many passengers as these buses seat only 14 passengers plus the driver. Larger buses will seat many more passengers but the driver of the bus must be licensed with a Commercial Vehicle Driver’s License. Of the various models of church buses, one of the most popular is the low-floor bus which is offered by many manufacturers. The low-floor bus use a controlled deflation of air powered suspension to both lower and raise the boarding level in order to permit easy access for both the elderly and young children.
Fuel economy is also something that varies among the buses. A 25- passenger gas bus will normally range about 10 miles per gallon. Which does not sound like much. While the small church bus may get much better gas mileage, it cannot seat 25 passengers. Should you be transporting 25 passengers then you would need three vans to transport the passengers, thus tripling your fuel cost in compared to the one large bus. Knowing the amount of passengers you are transporting is critical.
Church buses are normally some of the most well maintained buses due to insurance reasons alone and are not only a good deal as a used purchase to convert into a recreational vehicle or a tourist vehicle, but are a good value when purchased new as well.