Towing a car trailer behind a skoolie?
I'm looking for something to camp in and occasionally tow a restored truck.
My truck (6000#) with my trailer (3000#) totals out at 9,000lbs. I've been looking at medium duty trucks (like IH4700's) and old uhauls, but the buses seem to be more along the lines of what I need.
How does a skoolie tow, considering the long rear overhang from the axle to the back bumper? Does it tend to beat up a towed load? Is it easy enough to back up (longer turn lever) or does it respond too fast?
I want to stay under the magic 26,000# to avoid CDL, weigh stations, state's ports of entry, etc. Is it possible to do a complete skoolie conversion, and actually weigh in under 17,000 loaded with water, etc? What bus models/platforms/sizes should I be looking at?
If I find one with higher than 26k gvwr, my state allows de-rating at registration to 26000. But then concerns is over a heavier base weight, making it harder to stay under the 17k I'll have available.
I'd prefer diesel with a manual trans if I can find it. The future repair cost on one of the big Allisons scares me. Bad.
I am sorry about dumping all these questions at once.