I wanted to thank you for allowing me to drive the Special Needs bus at RWC, Central location. I was excited to drive the bus. I wanted to give it my best opinion, so I took out my 2019 CE the day before heading down to Phoenix, so I could have a fresh perspective of how my bus with air ride stood up to the Liquidspring suspension.
I have to say that I was impressed with the handling differences. I noticed right away when I pulled out of the driveway. There was not the rocking movement typical for the passengers. The bus was smoother when going over the ‘great’ streets around RWC, off of Central Ave. I pushed the limits, going around corners fast and making aggressive lane changes. I wanted to see if the body roll was different; it was. I couldn’t get the passengers to slide out of the seats, which had happened when I was a new driver back in 1997. I was impressed with the handling of the bus, with sharp maneuvering and in and out of driveways.
I feel that with the smoother ride, there would be a lot less adjustments needed with the wheelchair lift and all the other components (AC lines, that have broke, the heater covers, screw heads that have popped off, AC covers, air canisters, etc.) that vibrate loose with our ‘great’ roads here in AZ.
Thank you again for the opportunity to drive a bus with this new type of suspension available on the CE for International school buses.