Speaking of weight. I need to get my bus weighed. I really don't know exactly what it weighs.
The GVWR is 24,500# (under my state's weight threshold of 26,000# for CDL requirement.)
It's rated for 60 passengers -- I figure 100 pounds each for 6th graders, or 6,000# total.
Subtracting payload from GVWR, I come up with an empty weight of 18,500#, which is what I put on the title and registration.
I took out 500# of steel from the seats, and at least another 100# of seat coverings. I'm at stripped weight of 17,900#.
floor: seven sheets of 3/4" plywood at 75# each.
cabinetry: five sheets of misc 1/2" ply at 50# each.
lumber 200# (? maybe?)
storage battery 150#
misc furniture and "appliances" 300# (? maybe?)
holding tanks: 100#
fuel tank: 75#
40 gal water: 330#
supplies and possessions 200# <this would be an interesting index to create on a per person basis...
total = call it 2,400#. My best estimate. Probably not off by more than 50%.
I should be right around 21,000#. I don't go over bridges with 10 ton weight limits. 20 ton, 15 ton, sure, but not 10 ton.
Bus weight presents a situation I must resolve.
I just bought some property to live on. It is remote. It is hard to get to. I have to get the bus there. I'm pretty sure
I can get drive the 30' bus across the 27' wide creek bed. I'm confident that if I bottom out trying, I can get pulled out by the 4WD tow-truck I plan to have on site. I'm pretty sure I can drive the bus up the 5/8 mile Jeep trail that leads to the land. The tow-truck will precede me, and he can't get out unless I get up the trail...that's incentive.
I don't want to drive my Jeep across the creek everyday for very long. I will not be able to do it when the creek is up (I am well schooled on the dangers of driving across water.) I have to get to school everyday. I need a bridge (which is a seperate financial/legal/engineering issue in itself.) So....
I need to build a 15 ton capacity bridge to get my bus OUT someday! I am not going to imprison the bus behind a small bridge (that is strong enough for cars and trucks, but not buses) and abandon it in the backwoods of SW Virginia. I have long term plans for it.
OR... can I build a removeable bridge that I can use daily for the car, and take up to drive the bus in and out on the rare occasion?
The latter is my plan. $$ figure into this in a big way, so I'm somewhat limited by capital resources, although I may be able to stretch myself some.