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Old 05-31-2009, 02:42 PM   #11
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Re: What does your bus weigh? (approx)

OK, I got the conventional bus weighed today. Empty weight is 13,960. GVWR is 25,580. That gives 11,620 pounds of cargo capacity including the driver.

I weighed with approximately 3/4ths of a tank of fuel. No clue how many gallons that would be.

hope this helps,
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Old 06-01-2009, 04:41 PM   #12
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Re: What does your bus weigh? (approx)

Greetings,
GVW - 25,000
Finished weight - 15,550
In Texas, you have to get an official empty weight as a part of the retitle to RV process. The finished weight included a full tank of gas, 3 propane tanks, setup and ready to camp and 95 gallons of fresh water in the tank....in hindsight, I could have saved a few bucks by weighing it completely empty on water and with less than a quarter tank of gas.....but it's done!
By these numbers, I could still carry almost 5 tons of stuff - don't try that with your Winnebago!
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Old 06-02-2009, 11:37 PM   #13
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Re: What does your bus weigh? (approx)

Btw thanks people, this IS useful to me. Lets me know a reasonable rule of thumb is around 10,000lbs for any reasonably sturdy bus chassis. (of course i'd expect 60-80 students to weigh a decent bit too with a safety reserve so i'm not totally surprised) So theyre not far from an M35 2.5 ton truck which tend to cost around the same or a little more, so either would work fine for "truck duty" to get large amounts of wood and such. (though the skoolie being longer and enclosed will have an advantage for moving anything you want out of the weather or bulky, yet people overload the hell out of M35 trucks for sheer weight and they take it)
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