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Old 11-12-2016, 08:30 AM   #1
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Short bus as a hotshot

Hi i am new to the skoolie movement and have some questions. My first thought was to get a bus as a cheap place to live so i started looking for a bus with a manual tranny. I would like a mid size bus like a 9 window but all i have found are short buses with the 5 speed. I have driven otr but since let my cdl go because I didn't like being out on the road for a month or longer at such a fast pace. Running hot shot where i could stop and smell the roses at my own pace would be nice. Most hot shots run a dullie and a goose neck trailer so an international short bus should have the towing capacity. Just looking for options before I buy either way I am going to get a bus to convert.
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Old 11-12-2016, 08:38 AM   #2
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Welcome, fantastic name by the by. As far as getting the right bus, it might just take a bit. My wife and I watched out for about nine months before we found the right one at the right price. We made it 150 miles within four hours of posting to buy it and a guy had already been to see the thing so don't hesitate if you like something.

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Old 11-12-2016, 03:16 PM   #3
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check the third party bus sale thread - i saw a shorty 5 speed in NY state at a dealership.

I'll be buying in the spring I think and want a shorty for learning/conversion to a business (cargo mostly) vehicle with some style. I don't see a lot of them and they seem to cost a bit more.

Looking into the possibility of shorting a full size bus, since I'd prefer a transit and shot ones of those are very rare.
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Old 11-12-2016, 03:24 PM   #4
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I found short buses for sale here
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Old 11-12-2016, 04:02 PM   #5
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theres a ton of short busses on the auctions too... I got my sweet little bluebird 6 row for less than 2K.. short bus non-wheel chair lift meant not too many wanted it... seems to run really good..

I could easily see converting the first 2 rows of a bus into a sleeper cab and the rest box it off into a hauler... only thing with a pickup as a hot-shot is you can switch out trailers if you want.. then again you could have a box and a trailer with a bus..

with the large overhang of most busses might get interesting to back a trailer around..
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Old 11-12-2016, 05:51 PM   #6
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What I want to do is get the biggest hitch i can put on it and run a trailer but leave the bus in tact. Does anyone know the towing capacity of international short bus. Down in FL. they hall 2 or 3 cars from port to port.

Thanks Joe
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Old 11-12-2016, 06:14 PM   #7
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What I want to do is get the biggest hitch i can put on it and run a trailer but leave the bus in tact. Does anyone know the towing capacity of international short bus. Down in FL. they hall 2 or 3 cars from port to port.

Thanks Joe

yeah I see them dragging cars all over hte place down here... never thohght about it for port.. but one of the bus dealers I know up by tampa says he sells tons of busses that go to the miami port all the time..

so you would hot shot cars themselves or pull whatever type of trailer you needed for the job and then live in the bus?

sounds like fun..

I dont know what the tongue weight capacity of a bus would be.. but if you get one with Air-ride rear im guessing you could fairly straightforward alter the capacity of the rear suspension by changin the air springs out?
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Old 11-12-2016, 06:27 PM   #8
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If it's RE the weight of the engine, tranny and radiator also have to be taken into account since all that weight is concentrated at the rear end where the hitch will attach.

Won't apply to a shorty since I don't think I've ever seen a RE shorty....
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Old 11-12-2016, 08:31 PM   #9
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I live mid way between mia and jax so run stuff on the trailer to where ever and enjoy. One of the things I hated about over the road trucking is you had to make dead lines and never had the time to see where i was. That and the lies from the dispatchers they are worse than used car sales men.
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Old 11-12-2016, 08:45 PM   #10
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I live mid way between mia and jax so run stuff on the trailer to where ever and enjoy. One of the things I hated about over the road trucking is you had to make dead lines and never had the time to see where i was. That and the lies from the dispatchers they are worse than used car sales men.
BuSmith the name comes from the ecm tuning forum i belong to computers are another one of my hobbies.

Love it!! computers are my game too.. (well my money maker and hobby)... Old school ECM tuning used to be my game.. havent done it for awhile..

omne of my busses has no ECM... the other I havent messed with other than connecting it up to the interface and changing some legal parameters..

I should soon have some firmware files that I can tear apart..

J1708 is easy to sniff the stream from the port too..

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