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Old 04-23-2009, 12:11 AM   #1
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-> A Huge Tail Gate and Departure Angle

So I am planning for half my bus to be a car hauler and would like to do something like Parker Chassis did with theirs.



I am looking to fit taller vehicles like my IH rock crawler. I like how they left the top of the end cap in place as I think that probably helps maintain alot of structural integrity. Therefore I am thinking of dropping the floor lower, down to where the rear of my bus would be about 18" off the ground. I have something like 130" hanging out behind the rear axle so that makes for a pretty shallow departure angle.

I am looking for someone thats done something to lower the rear of their bus wether it be with skirting, a low hitch, or a drop etc. to comment on how often they drag the rear trying to get in and out of places with an incline or dip.

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Re: -> A Huge Tail Gate and Departure Angle

I have never done it myself, but I will offer you one word of caution. I saw a stock 84 pax TC2K put it's rear axle in the air as it left our high school parking lot and got hung up on the hitch. If you have a crawler you already know how important departure angle is.
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Old 04-23-2009, 02:36 AM   #3
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look at the millicent chronicals and go to the member list and look up trx website and build album, also checkout the photo section.
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Old 04-23-2009, 04:14 AM   #4
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All I have to say:

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Old 04-23-2009, 10:36 AM   #5
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Re: -> A Huge Tail Gate and Departure Angle

Yeah, I have seen that youtube and if my rig was that huge I guess that would be my only option. But I definately prefer the idea of having my rig/tools/etc all inside .... locked down and safe from people or weather.

IDK, on one hand I don't want to drag all over the place and on the other I suppose it wouldn't be any worse than the average MH.

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Old 04-23-2009, 01:39 PM   #6
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is shortening the back of the bus and pulling a trailer an option for you?
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Old 04-23-2009, 02:47 PM   #7
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Re: -> A Huge Tail Gate and Departure Angle

I have went back and forth with the idea of just towing behind the bus as trying to get a good floor plan figured up for just the 14' living area is challenging. My current car hauler trailer is not enclosed and I don't want to purchase one.

I am pretty set on how Parker did theirs, I think if I don't goo much lower than it currently is ... like just a couple inches lower than the rear bumper is now... I can get a 6' rear opening. Still wouldn't fit the Scout but it would fit most other vehicles and I'll probably just sell the Scout and build a smaller buggy (which I kind of want to do anyway).
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Re: -> A Huge Tail Gate and Departure Angle

Big motorhomes also have little caster wheels in the back to keep them from bottoming out. I'm not sure about where you wheel, but around here just the trailheads and staging areas could be a bit much for something with that little clearance. Heck, the paved 300 yard road to the Gilbert OHV park has set my daily driver on the bump stops going just a little too fast.
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Here's another one I thought to be promising:

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That is a beautiful piece of machinery!!! I love the color! My grandfather always farmed with ACs...that's why I have one now! I'd love something like that to haul it to shows and whatnot. WOW!
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