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Old 03-16-2016, 06:38 PM   #11
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This looks cool!

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Old 03-16-2016, 07:51 PM   #12
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That would be worth restoring.
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Old 03-16-2016, 10:15 PM   #13
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That is BAD ASS, Just think how pissed the wife would have been if I brought that home instead of the bus.
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Old 03-16-2016, 10:26 PM   #14
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Buy two buses. Cut the rear 2/3 off one and make it the hauler. cut the front off the other bus and add the rear portion you cut off the 1st bus. Presto, you have one like the one shown!
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Does anybody recognize what year that bus or truck are? Is that a factory job or is that what the metal man from the factory built in his back yard?
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Buy two buses. Cut the rear 2/3 off one and make it the hauler. cut the front off the other bus and add the rear portion you cut off the 1st bus. Presto, you have one like the one shown!

If anyone is handy with photoshop it would be cool to see a newer model bus (Thomas or Bluebird) photoshopped to get an idea of what it would look like.
The weight of the trailer would be much more than your standard 5th wheel...probably more in line with a semi-trailer. I would probably take the axle off a semi-trailer to replace the rear differential so you could have air brakes on the trailer as well and an axle that can handle the weight of the trailer. Would also use some variation of a semi-trailer landing gear to support the front of the trailer when it is parked.
Pulling the engine from the donor bus used for the trailer might give you an opportunity to rebuild it for higher hp and eventually swap it into the tow bus. I would love to design and build a rig like this. Just need a big workshop with an overhead crane for lifting the bodies, chassis and other parts and lots of metalworking tools. Time to buy a lottery ticket
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Could just start with a used semi. A guy in my town has a semi registered for private use for towing his boat.

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Could just start with a used semi. A guy in my town has a semi registered for private use for towing his boat.

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I've been looking at private use of an HDT (Class 8 truck aka semi) for several years. the Escapee forum has many full time rv people that use them to pull 5th wheel trailers. They all have their semi re-titled as an RV so no CDL is needed. Va is strict about retitling so this option is almost impossible. I can't get clarification if a CDL is needed for a semi truck registered for private use. Last is the cost.....price for a decent used Class 8 is about same as a used Coach Bus ($20k or more). The good thing with a class 8 truck is they are designed to easily go over 1 million miles, the engines are easy to get to for maintenance and parts are readily available, and they are 400 or more horsepower for great towing capacity.
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