Yes, seriously. When applying to get a tag for our new 12 passenger van the man at the dealership tried to register it as a truck. No go. A van. Nope. A bus? Yes, Ford has classified the E-350 as a BUS. We brought home our new vehicle tonight and took the back seat out. It now has seat belts for 8 and a decent trunk. Granted we laid down the wheelchair and put in the triple stroller and, if not careful, those two will fill up the entire trunk on their own! And though I don't look forward to getting the stroller in and out of the BUS since it's a lot higher than our van, I DO look forward to not having to switch between whether the stroller or the wheelchair is with us, or having to empty them both out to go grocery shopping. Or having to lift the kids backwards and sideways over seats to get them in their car seats from an upside down position. Or having to say "I can only take ONE of your kids on a play date unless you can drop the other one off to me, I don't have enough seats." Or having to take two cars when we're going out a set of grandparents. Or having to be the one to cram into the 'third seat' which was effectively taken over by the other 2 car seats in that row.
Yes, we're now the proud owners of a BUS.