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Old 02-02-2015, 06:05 PM   #1
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School bus for hot shot hauling?

To start, hot shots are the guys with full size diesel trucks who haul commercially. CDL's, DOT #s, etc. I'm considering a career change as being a mechanic is becoming less and less lucrative.

I guess the guys over at a hot shot forum don't have the same vision I have. One of the biggest parts of a hot shot budget are the vehicle and lodging. Fuel being the other one. I see a shorten school bus with a fifthwheel solving 2 of those problems. You can buy a bus for cheap, and then "berth" in it. The hot shot guys said my biggest problem will be when I show up in a converted school bus, they'll laugh and tell me to leave without the load. I think if the conversion is done right and looks like it was made that way, they'll think twice.

Personally I would use an FE with the cab shortened, but enough frame out back for the fifthwheel attachment. Remove and clad over most of the windows, remove all the yellow/red lights and the 'hoods', repaint white, insulate, ac unit, etc. Shower and sink would be nice, but maybe later.

Seriously though, concerns I have are the DOT and insurance. Does anyone have any genuine input or experience why this idea wouldn't work?
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Old 02-02-2015, 06:45 PM   #2
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I'd get a classic cabover pete....
Bus is medium duty, you want class 8.
Get a older pete, mack, or even kenworth and put a custom sleeper on it.
A "toterhome" is what they call it, I believe.
Driving a bus 800 miles with the Peterbilts and Volvos screaming past on grades makes you wish for class 8 hardware, man. Just my 2 cents on it.
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Old 02-06-2015, 07:46 AM   #3
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Thought about this. An idea was to buy a longer bus with a larger motor, and shorten the hell out of it. I'm shortening the cabin considerably, might as well move the rear axle up. Fuel tank will be a small challenge. If I can get a MD3060 and have the OD unlocked, I'd be golden.
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Old 02-07-2015, 12:29 PM   #4
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BB made some All Americans with 8.3 ISC engines.

IC made a few FE buses with big HP DT466 engines.

But big is sort of relative. 285-300 HP is not a lot if you are trying to move 30K+ lbs at highway speeds.

Can it be done? Yes but at the end of the day I think you will be disappointed in the results
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Old 02-07-2015, 10:53 PM   #5
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Hot shot haulers don't haul 30k lbs. Closer 20k max....
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Old 02-13-2015, 09:57 AM   #6
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biggest issue is see is finding a FE with something other than a 5.9, granted if you had a tranny other than 545 you could turn the fuel up some

If traveling out west of Mississippi....you would hate life with that little motor

and no jacks would suck also

I would do class 8

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I can't wait Bansil. We seem to think along the same lines.
This bus trip I just took has me wanting class 8!
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Old 02-13-2015, 10:29 AM   #8
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I had the same idea about making a bus a hot shot hauler.

This thread used to be here. Now only on pirate 4x4.

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/tow-r...-haul-all.html

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Old 02-26-2015, 09:23 PM   #9
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Here is a picture I found.
Apparently this is not a new idea?
From the angle the picture was taken at it looks like it migh be an old chevy or gm.
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