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Old 08-21-2013, 10:11 AM   #1
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Has anyone ever turned a bus into a travel trailer?

I have been thinking on what to do with this bus................. I am wondering if I could buy an old travel trailer, get the stuff out of it I can use and then strip it to the frame, put the bus body on it and then build out the inside of the bus body. This would be weird looking I know but that might be kind of cool. I could get some cash for the remainder of the bus in scrap or parts. My biggest concern is how much a bus body weighs. The body is 32' long. I scrapped a 30' aluminum shipping container recently and I think it was around 2500 lbs. without the wood floor. The ends and doors were steel. I am thinking the bus body must be at least 300 lbs. The travel trailer I am towing now is around 4500 lbs. empty but my GMC HD 2500 will tow at least 10,000 lbs. Any thoughts on this idea?
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Oops I meant to say 3000 lbs.
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:21 AM   #3
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Having worked on a couple older travel trailers, specifically the floors and the supporting structure underneath, I would not want to tear the top off one and put something as heavy as a bus body on. You start pulling the top and sides off, and all you have is a flimsy assortment of braces and plywood. That being said, that is only my experience. Maybe some brands/models have an actual frame capable of supporting that much weight. This does of course beg the question "why?" though, lol...
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put a hitch on the bus, build it out and tow the GMC to camping spots
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put a hitch on the bus, build it out and tow the GMC to camping spots
Ditto!
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:36 AM   #6
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^LOL!! Or you could do that! I see you changed directions a little, haha...
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Re: Has anyone ever turned a bus into a travel trailer?

Motobus had the same idea as me. Why remove the bus body from the chassis? If you want to convert a bus to a trailer, just chop off the front of the bus and make the whole thing into a trailer. Seems like that would be easier than removing the body from the frame and re-attaching it to another trailer. On of our skoolie members, Chadluc, did that to an old RV motorhome, AND pulled it behind his bus! That's the kind of crazy I like to see around here!
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interesting, and if you hauled it with HDT you could have air brakes that worked
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:58 PM   #10
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^LOL!! Or you could do that! I see you changed directions a little, haha...
HAha, I haven't given up on the ole girl.

Not, mine but I can't say I haven't thought of it. It would make a really cheap, really heavy enclosed trailer. I imagine one could get a hydraulic brake controller to work.
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