TYPE A SCHOOL BUS

50 YEARS OF PROTECTING OUR MOST PRECIOUS CARGO

Collins developed the first Type A school bus in 1967 and for more than five decades we’ve been committed to innovating the future of school buses and ensuring we protect our most important passengers — mile after mile. Innovative engineering and platform flexibility fuel our process to build buses that meet every need and deliver industry-leading strength and safety. Collins designs and manufacturers school buses that are at the head of their class.



INNOVATION
FOR ALL

After 50 years of quality innovation in the school bus industry, Collins reminds passengers of all abilities that there’s always room for more. With the all-new Collins Low-Floor school bus designs, wheelchair accessibility has been taken to new heights. More than just innovation in structure and safety, this is innovation that’s accessible.

A SAFE RIDE, EVERY TIME

Building the best school bus begins with building the safest school bus. Our exclusive design features have protected our most precious cargo for generations, and our innovative approach to engineering has made us the industry’s most trusted school bus company. From producing the market’s strongest roof to the planned introduction of the industry’s first low-floor design, we’re driven to manufacture a better school bus. Period.

POPULAR FLOORPLANS

SCHOOL BUS SEATS MEANT TO BE RECONFIGURED

Flexibility is built into every floorplan we design. Collins’ seating platform offers strength, safety and the option to be altered, upgraded or customized to meet any need.

STRENGTH AND SAFETY FROM THE GROUND UP

Whether you’re looking for a Ford bus or a Chevy bus, Collins has the largest supply of chassis offerings waiting at Collins’ production facility for an unrivaled lead time.

MODEL

SL400 SL408 SH400 SH408 DH400 DH416 DH416WR DH500 DH516 DE416WR DE516 DE516WR TL400 TH400 TL408 TH408 TH500 TH516WR
Chassis Chevy or Ford E-series Chassis ONLY Chevy or Ford E-series Chassis ONLY Chevy or Ford E-series Chassis ONLY Chevy or Ford E-series Chassis ONLY Chevy or Ford E-series Chassis ONLY Chevy or Ford E-series Chassis ONLY Chevy or Ford E-series Chassis ONLY Chevy or Ford E-series Chassis ONLY Chevy or Ford E-series Chassis ONLY Chevy or Ford E-series Chassis ONLY Chevy or Ford E-series Chassis ONLY Chevy or Ford E-series Chassis ONLY Ford Transit ONLY Ford Transit ONLY Ford Transit ONLY Ford Transit ONLY Ford Transit ONLY Ford Transit ONLY
Rear-wheel                                    
Single-Rear Wheel(SRW)         - - - - - - - -         - -
Dual-Rear Wheel (DRW) - - - -                 - - - -    
Maximum Passenger Seating 20* 20* 20* 20* 24 28 18+1** 30 34 18+1** 34 24+1** 16* 16* 20* 20* 25* 18**
Maximum seating rows 4 5 4 5 4 5 5 5 6 5 5 6 4 4 5 5 5 5
Elevated floor - - - - - - - - -       - - - - - -
Interior height (6" from side wall) 67" 67" 74" 74" 74" 74" 74" 74" 74" 74" 74" 74" 67" 74" 67" 74" 74" 74"
Low-Top     - - - - - - - - - -   -   - - -
High-Top - -                     -   -      
Interior height at center aisle 68" 68" 76" 76" 77" 77" 77" 77" 77" 77" 77" 77" 68" 76" 68" 76" 76" 75"
Interior width 78" 78" 78" 78" 91" 91" 91" 91" 91" 91" 91" 91" 78" 78" 78" 78" 78" 78"
Overall length with bumper 242" 250" 242" 250" 242" 258" 258" 274" 290" 258" 290" 290" 240" 240" 248" 248" 272" 272"
Overall width with no mirrors 83" 83" 83" 83" 96" 96" 96" 96" 96" 96" 96" 96" 83" 83" 83" 83" 83" 83"
Manual entrance door 25" x 70" 25" x 70" 25" x 78" 25" x 78" 25" x 78" 25" x 78" 25" x 78" 25" x 78" 25" x 78" 25" x 82" 25" x 82" 25" x 82" 25" x 70" 25" x 78" 25" x 70" 25" x 78" 25" x 78" 25" x 78"
Electric entrance door 27" x 70" 27" x 70" 27" x 78" 27" x 78" 27" x 78" 27" x 78" 27" x 78" 27" x 78" 27" x 78" 27" x 82" 27" x 82" 27" x 82" 27" x 70" 27" x 78" 27" x 70" 27" x 78" 25" x 78" 25" x 78"
Wheelchair available - - - - - -   - -   -   - - - - -  
  Standard Equipment *- Varies based on state and options selected **- Various passenger/wheelchair configurations available

MODEL

E-350 Super E-350 Super E-350 Super E-450 Super T250 T350 T350 Heavy Duty G3500 G3500 G3500 G4500
Chassis Ford E-Series Ford E-Series Ford E-Series Ford E-Series Ford Transit Ford Transit Ford Transit GM / Chevy GM / Chevy GM / Chevy GM / Chevy
Wheelbase 138" 138" 158" 158" 138" 156" 156" 139" 139" 159" 159"
Rear wheel (SRW- Single)
or (DRW- Dual)
SRW DRW DRW DRW SRW SRW DRW SRW DRW DRW DRW
Engine                      
6.8L Gas (EFI V-10)         - - - - - - -
305 HP @ 4,250 RPM                      
420 Torque @ 4,000 Rpm                      
3.7L Ti-VCT V-6 Gas - - - -       - - - -
275 hp @ 6,000rpm                      
260 Torque @ 4,000 RPM                      
3.2L Power Stroke® I-5 Turbo Diesel - - - -       - - - -
185 Hp @ 3,000 Rpm                      
350 Torque @ 1,750                      
Vortec 4.8L Gas (SFI-V8) - - - - - - -     - -
285 Hp @ 5,400 Rpm                      
295 Torque @ 4,600 Rpm                      
Vortec 6.0L Gas (SFI-V8) - - - - - - -        
342 Hp @ 5,400 Rpm                      
373 Torque @ 4,400 Rpm                      
Transmission                      
6-Speed Automatic w/ HD Overdrive                      
GVW ratings (lbs.) 10,050 11,500 12,500 14,500 9,000 9,500 10,360 9,900 10,000 / 12,300 12,300 14,200
Max. Front gawr (lbs.) 4,200 4,600 5,000 5,000 4,130 4,130 4,130 4,300 4,300/4,100 4,300 4,600
Axle, front (lbs.) 4,200 4,600 5,000 5,000 4,130 4,130 4,130 4,300 4,300 4,300 4,600
Axle, rear (lbs.) 6,084 7,800 8,500 9,600 5,515 6,000 7,275 7,500 7,500/8,600 8,600 9,600
Axle, ratio 4.1 4.1 4.1 4.56 4.1/3.7 4.1/3.7 4.1/3.7 3.42 3.73 3.73 4.1
Brakes, service                      
Power, Self Adjusting Four Wheel Disc with Four Wheel Anti- Lock                      
Electrical                      
Alternator 155 Amp. (Gas) 155 Amp. (Gas) 155 Amp. (Gas) 155 Amp. (Gas) 230 Amp. (Gas) 230 Amp. (Gas) 230 Amp. (Gas) 220 Amp. (Gas) 220 Amp. (Gas) 220 Amp. (Gas) 220 Amp. (Gas)
  - - - - 210 Amp. (Diesel) 210 Amp. (Diesel) 210 Amp. (Diesel) - - - -
Battery Single 650 CCA Single 650 CCA Single 650 CCA Single 650 CCA Dual 610 CCA Dual 610 CCA Dual 610 CCA Dual 600 CCA Dual 600 CCA Dual 600 CCA Dual 600 CCA
  - - - - Dual 760 CCA (Diesel) Dual 760 CCA (Diesel) Dual 760 CCA (Diesel) - - - -
Fuel tank 40 - Gallon 40 - Gallon 40 - Gallon 40 - Gallon 25 - Gallon 25 - Gallon 25 - Gallon 33 - Gallon 33 - Gallon 33 - Gallon 33 - Gallon
Springs -max. Capacity                      
Front (lbs.) - 4,130 4,130 - 4,300 4,300 - 4,300 4,100 4,300 4,600
Rear (lbs.) - single stage - 5,515 5,515 - 6,084 6,084 - 6,084 7,500 8,600 9,600
Stabilizer bar, front YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Stabilizer bar, back NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Tires (front & rear) LT245/75R16E LT225/75R16E LT225/75R16E LT225/75R16E LT235/65R16C LT235/65R16C LT245/75R16E LT225/75R16E LT225/75R16E LT225/75R16E LT225/75R16E
Wheels, 8-hole disc 16" Steel 16" Steel 16" Steel 16" Steel 16" Steel 16" Steel 16" Steel 16" Steel 16" Steel 16" Steel 16" Steel
  - Standard      - Optional

Standard Body Equipment

Popular Options

   
Flooring 3 Point Seats
One-Piece 1/2" Marine Grade Plywood Flooring One-Piece 5/8" Marine Grade Plywood Flooring
  Activity Seats
Lights AM/FM/ Bluetooth Radio
4 Amber, 4 Red Warning Lights Backup Alarm
4 Interior LED Dome Lights Backup Camera
7" Stop / Tail / Turn Exterior Lights Battery / Storage Compartment
4" Stop / Tail / Backup Lights Child Restraint Seats
  Colored Rubber Flooring
Mirrors Crossing Control Arms
Rearview and Crossover Electric DOD Door
  Electric Monitors
Roof Equipment Cage
One-Piece Tubular Steel Roofbows Fire Blocking Upholstery
White Roof Interior Mirrors
  Kickout Window
  LED Lighting Package
3 - Point Seats (Required on ≤ 10,000 GVWR) Overhead Luggage
Bench Seats (Required on ≥ 10,000 GVWR) PA System
  Rear Heater
Windows Rear In-Wall A/C
Tinted 28" x 30" or 36" x 30" Split Sash with 12" Opening Reverse Backup Sensors
  Roof Escape Hatch
Other Window and Seat Level Rubrails
Wrap-Around Rubrails at Seat and Floor Level Safety Equipment
Black Wrap-Around Bumpers Spare Tire
1.5" Batted Insulation Stainless-Steel Wheel Covers
High Density Isolation Pucks Static Roof Vent
  Strobe Lighting
  Track Flooring
  Vandal Lock (Emergency Door)

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Collins School Bus Floorplans

SL400

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SL408

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SH400

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SH408

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DH400

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DH416

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DH416WR

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DH500

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DH516

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DE416WR

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DE516

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DE516WR

Collins School Bus Floorplans

TL400

Collins School Bus Floorplans

TH400

Collins School Bus Floorplans

TL408

Collins School Bus Floorplans

TH408

Collins School Bus Floorplans

TH500

Collins School Bus Floorplans

TH516WR