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Old 02-12-2009, 09:42 PM   #1
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large weight at the very rear of the bus

So, I'm planning out a jacuzzi mod, but I only really want to do it if I can put it at the very rear of the bus and cut open the body so you are open to the air. My biggest concern is whether the frame can take the weight like that. I figure it'll effect the handling as well, but I don't really know how much. I know people put flat beds on the back of their buses. Anyone carry around 2 tons back there? A lesser worry is sloshing. I know this is the most turbulent spot but I'm not sure how that will affect the water. I have a 35 foot, 10 window International if that makes a difference. My rear axle is rated at 16000 lbs. As a side question, anyone have any idea what the weight distribution is on a normal bus? How much is front, and how much is rear.
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Old 02-13-2009, 05:43 PM   #2
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Re: large weight at the very rear of the bus

I saw one on Craigslist a while back that was a tailgater bus with an open air jacuzzi on the back. He seemed to get along just fine. I've also seen plenty of these buses have the rears chopped off and ramps installed for vehicles. It cant be too bad...
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Re: large weight at the very rear of the bus

You will be fine. It might end up feeling a little lighter in the front end, but our buses are typically rather unbalanced towards the front. Most fullsize buses have a rear GAWR of 20,000 lbs or more. You could put a 600 gallon jacuzzi back there without a problem most likely...and 600 gallons is A LOT of water.
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