Hi Tom C and Folks:
Good post Tom, but you make reference to a 102A2.
Capt. Ron's bus has 5 inch wide front & tag brakes and 8 inch wide rear brakes.
A 102A2 has 6 inch wide front & tag brakes and 10 inch wide rear brakes., so the engineers obviously adding a lot more braking power for the 2 axle version, while eliminating the tag axle.
I post strictly for informational purposes, so that readers of this post do not compare apples and banannas and:
I Hope this HELPS!!!!
LUKE at US COACH
I believe the 96A2 and the 102A2 also had a different wheelbase than the 3 axle coaches. They didn't just remove the tag. I also believe the GVW was about the same, not sure about the turning radius.
I'm not sure if the same thing applies to the Eagle Suburbans. I think they just removed the tags and reduced the GVW. Some converters of entertainer coaches also removed the tags (Caldwell Brothers for one)
Personally, I think if you keep the conversion weight down, a two axle forty footer is well suited for our purposes.