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School Bus for RV/Tractor Hauler
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Redtractorman    Posted 12-16-2001 at 21:22:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't get here very often but was reading posts on Buses for RVs.Have thought about getting a bus to make into small Motor Home and Tractor Hauler,wondering if anyone had did this and had ideas.
Thanks in advance.


brian    Posted 12-20-2001 at 19:30:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
My dad and I used to pull tractors in ky a long time ago and we had a school bus that my dad cut the back part of the body off right in front of the rear axle. He cut the frame off about five feet behind the axle and made it like a flatbed back there. We put a ball in it and used to haul our two tractors everywhere. 366 gas was slow because we needed a two spd axle. We put bunks a stove, fridge, propane heat, a sink, and AC. We powered the AC by a generator on the back. We also used the bus on hunting trips.

brian


John Ne.    Posted 12-18-2001 at 21:33:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kinda close to the subject, knew a guy once that bought a wrecked motor home, was a whiz at sheet metal and rebuilt it. Kept the front 10 ft for camping, and the back for his sprint car, made the rear wall a hydraulic fold down ramp, made from corrugated sheeting, like a motor home wall, even left the window in place with a curtain, all boxed in of course, why? So he didn't have to stop at scales. And so the nosey types didn't pester him to death at truck stops, about the race car. Kept it for several years and worked great for his purpose. John in Ne.


JoeK    Posted 12-16-2001 at 23:34:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Seen several made into car haulers for stock cars or classic cars,usually cut off about 3-4 seats back and made into flatbed,also one with the rear end made into clamshell doors for enclosed hauling.The problem I see here is that bus chassis,though long is not built for weight hauling but space(length).I would estimate that the GWR load capacity would be appx 5-7ton,based on the frame,suspension and chassis number,ie: Ford B500,B600,GM 60,70 series etc.With a heavy undistributed load,and that long frame,I would suspect a lot of frame flex.I have driven several school buses(as buses)on rough ground(canoe livery/church camping etc and they do flex and twist"off road".I imagine as a flatbed the bed could"double frame" and support the load....Strangest one I ever saw was a 62 Chevy 66 passenger,with the bus body removed,62 truck cab installed and a loooong step side type bed with about 20" sides..made the longest dang dually pickemup truck you ever seen.Guy used it fer haulin lumber and garage roof trusses.


IHank    Posted 12-17-2001 at 09:18:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Joe- You're right in there as to bus weight. My '86 Chevy (C65 chassis) has all the seats removed. Put back in was a rug, a couch, and some ez chairs. It goes across the local coop scale at 13,500#. I've not weighed my '73 Ford B-600, but it was registered at 6 tons.

I'm not sure where the state gets those numbers. Could be they're using mfg. empty weight data. Could be they're setting people up for a big bucks bust by the scales cops?

Apparently, and I'm guessing, the school bus chassis certification process is based on certification of the finished bus as to number of passengers instead of GVW.

I see the bus body as a separate load carrying structure unto itself, with the bus frame and chassis designed to have the bus body carry and distribute the load forces.

Anybody with hands on experience with these conversions please speak up here and share your knowledge. Many thanks, IHank


Burrhead    Posted 12-17-2001 at 08:39:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
I saw and older IHC the feller had made the whole rear wall of the body into a fold down ramp so he could haul show tractors inside, and he had made about a 10' section up front for a sleeper with a fold out bed and sofas.

He hauls a 2N dorf and and A Farmall.


JoeK    Posted 12-17-2001 at 10:54:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Scary idea came to mind here,,,Howz about a London style double decker bus.Hauler your tractor/car"downstairs" and livin quarters"upstairs"......but the I'm a little weird....My favorite car was a 72 Country Squire SW,with a 429 Cobra,4spd,4:11 gears installed.Gosh I loved "sleepers".Truck at the time was 55 F100,w/62 Lincoln 430/auto.


IHank    Posted 12-17-2001 at 11:20:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Joe- No thanks on that top deck! These darn school busses are top heavy enough for me the way they are. With a load in it, especially dense and close to the deck, it might be another story.

I like your idea of "sleepers". Grins and drive careful, IHank


Gene Hendrickson    Posted 08-19-2003 at 15:20:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
please send the article on making a hauler from a school bus thanks


Burrhead    Posted 12-17-2001 at 20:48:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I bet it would keep the bed spread blowed off the top mount bus sleeper bed.


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