Re: Towing a trailer with a Skoolie
Thank you Jake and Nat! Jake, I read almost your entire saga. You need to write a book! Really! If I wasn't in school full time and getting ready to tackle my own bus, I'd ghost write it with you! Seriously, look into it. But don't consider a publish yourself route. Look for an agent that will take you on. If you'd like to explore that option, I'd be glad to help. If it publishes, you and your family will get residuals for life. Can help pay for more vacations and maybe another book!
I'm going to start calling the county school transportation depots and asking about the busses that are available. I'm in NC and each school district sells their own busses. Some of the listed busses have been on there for nearly a year, so I need to ask if the lists are up to date.
Do you travel on MPG or GPH? I know MPG is near what a semi gets. Pulling a trailer I'll be lucky to get 5 MPG. I'm going to look for a bus similar to yours, but I'm leaning towards a Thomas body. I heard that they already have a plywood floor. Any advice you have to offer will be most welcome, and that goes for the rest of the gang as well.
I had an RV on deposit and went to an RV forum and told them I needed to install a 36" door with a lift, and remodel the inside and all they would say was don't do it. They kept coming up with reasons (excuses) why it wouldn't work! I knew it would work! However, I have decided to go with a bus that already has the door configuration I need and an open floor plan. For me, this will be a lot easier! It won't be pretty as yours, but it will get us to our new home!
How much weight will the roof bear? I'm thinking a 6 inch railing on a cargo space up top. Will I need to brace the ceiling to do that?
Nat, I will be pulling a two horse trailer, not a heavy Sundowner, but a lighter stock type trailer. Thanks for the tip on the tongue length. That makes a lot of sense. I will look for a chassis with a shorter tail.