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Old 07-23-2010, 12:24 PM   #1
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Proper way to tow a broken bus

Hello to all, I have been lurking in the shadows and finally joined to be in the light, I have yet to purchase a bus but I indent to do so in the near future, The size of my wallet is going to dictate the purchase of my soon to be bus (the wallet is skinny and empty at the moment LOL), will probably be something that will need to be towed, I do realize that a towing company is a option, by example AAA will tow a non commercial bus/RV 100 mile and I will probably use them for the first 100 mile but if my bus is located further then that I like to keep my option open. I kind of found a MC8 that is possibility but she's 300 mile away and won't run under her own power at the moment. Any suggestions? Or pictures of a RV/Bus Schoolie being towed unconventionally.
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Old 07-23-2010, 01:21 PM   #2
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Re: Proper way to tow a broken bus

However you tow it, be sure to pull at least the right rear axle or the drive shaft.
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Old 07-23-2010, 01:38 PM   #3
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Re: Proper way to tow a broken bus

AAA will not tow a MC8, commercial or not.
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Old 07-23-2010, 01:48 PM   #4
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Sorry, didnt read that it was an MC8. If you are going to have it towed you best be sure they have a wheel lift setup. If they dont, you really better sure you find someone who knows what they are doing. You CAN NOT lift the front of an MC8 the way you would normally lift a straight truck!! Well you can, but just once. ;)
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Try GoodSam, they seem to having towing for all bus conversions. Call... ask.
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Old 07-23-2010, 06:50 PM   #6
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Re: Proper way to tow a broken bus

I'd look at a towing company that handles heavy-duty commercial vehicles and is familiar with coach buses. The frame of an MC8 is nothing like the frame of a school bus. School buses can be towed by a medium-duty wrecker (not recommended because of the weight/stopping power, but I've seen it done with no damage to the bus). Coaches have specific lifting points on the front axle that must be used. If they try to lift the frame the same way they would a truck/school bus, it will cause serious damage to the bus. This is one of the reasons I chose a school bus for my conversion, the frame and suspension is simpler and can be easily towed (and I actually know enough to do basic maintenance on it). An MC8 will make a more comfortable conversion, but they're much more expensive to tow and fix.
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Here's a 7 if you want to spend around $30k. Trying to help the guy sell it: Very nice shape.
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Re: Proper way to tow a broken bus

Any heavy-haul (semi) wrecker can tow a coach: wheel-lift the front, either pull the driveshaft or remove the axles. A skoolie can be hooked the same way, most can also be lifted on a sling (from either end).
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Re: Proper way to tow a broken bus

Thanks for the responses, I was more currious regarding the unconventional ways to tow a skoolie or a bus that have been seen, bus towing bus, car towing bus, horses? anybody got any pictures?
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