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Old 07-28-2018, 09:11 AM   #1
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Towing 32 ft camper with short bus

Looking for some thoughts on this we have a 32ft bumper pull camper and would like to use a 30 pass or less school bus to pull it. I was trying to get a dt466 or maybe a 3126 cat. I'm just wondering if everything would hold up to this, I know some of the chassis are medium duty truck chassis but is the bus body getting close to max cap you should be able to add the weight of occupancy. Just wondering what some of you think and what you have successfully pulled. And maybe some hitch ideas. thank you
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Old 07-28-2018, 09:15 AM   #2
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Maybe something like this
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Old 07-28-2018, 10:19 AM   #3
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This is my shorty with a t444e pulling a 40 footer. A 32 foot proper camper probably weighs half of this trailer. Hell, I bet you'd hardly feel it back there!
But get a bigger engine. Probably the most powerful you'll find in a short bus is the dt466
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Old 07-28-2018, 10:26 AM   #4
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Weights vary considerably between different travel trailers. You should have a placard with curb & gross weight.

How much does yours weigh?
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Old 07-28-2018, 11:55 AM   #5
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Sticker gvrw is 8600 I'm sure that's dry weight I would say a safe 10000
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Old 07-28-2018, 12:02 PM   #6
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Do you go to campgroundsleep ever I was just wondering that's why we were trying to keep it short we live in it and travel for work thanks for the reply by the way
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Old 07-28-2018, 12:07 PM   #7
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I found a nice 2006 28 1/2foot international with a wheel chair lift and really low miles and was going to get it but it had the vt365 and I'm kinda steering away from a 6.0
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Old 07-28-2018, 12:46 PM   #8
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Hitch wise go with a Class 5 weight distributing hitch good for 10k pounds for your tag a long trailer. Has adjustable heights and I think a 2- 5/16" ball. Should be plenty strong as it binds both the trailer and towing vehicle together as one with binder chains. Never had a problem yet.
Bus wise so many choices but am sure you can find one with lots of snot for towing.
These folks can certainly help in that respect.
6 litres usually have ample torque. What don't you like about them, certain makes?



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Old 07-28-2018, 01:17 PM   #9
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Sticker gvrw is 8600 I'm sure that's dry weight I would say a safe 10000
GVWR is the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, it is the maximum operating weight of the trailer. Your dry, or curb weight would be substantially lower. 10K would be overweight by 2k and not safely overweighted.
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Old 07-28-2018, 01:20 PM   #10
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I would be looking for a Dt466 powered bus with an MT643, 2000 or MD3060 transmission.

With one of the International medium duty chassis based shorties with a proper hitch and drive trane you should be golden.

Where's Christopher? I bet he can speak with some authority when it comes to shorties
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