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Old 09-02-2016, 02:50 PM   #1
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Mini bus Diet: Plausible?

Hi guys!

I'm wondering if anyone has experience gutting and weighing a minibus (specifically one built on a E350 chassis from Ford.

Where I am, if a truck is below 4000kg (8800 lbs) it's a personnal vehicule and doesn't need to meet all the strict criteria of heavy artisanal RVs.

So, a standard E350 minibus is rated at 4355kg or 9581lbs.

Anyone knows if it's possible to gut it enough to get under the 4000kg or 8800lbs? That a tall order in my mind... 781lbs!!!

thanks!
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Old 09-02-2016, 10:17 PM   #2
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That might be gross weight... which is unchanging and independent of what its actual weight is.
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Old 09-06-2016, 04:57 PM   #3
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That might be gross weight... which is unchanging and independent of what its actual weight is.
I've had accounts of people getting their's weighed at a quarry and taken the weight certificate for plating and it worked.

I was wondering Just how much junk can really be removed from a minibus...

thanks!
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Old 09-06-2016, 05:16 PM   #4
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As you said, it's *RATED* for up to 9580 pounds. That's fully loaded, passengers, luggage, fuel, driver, tools ... everything. I'm willing to bet it's closer to 5,000 - 6,000 empty (with seats). My Suburban is 4700 (with driver, and I'm close to 300). I'm not sure where you are from, but where I live, anything E-350 (or F350, or the equivalent from other builders) and smaller (nominally known as "1-ton" chassis) can be considered private use. Folks commonly buy F350 trucks (and GM/Dodge equivalents) and use them as private vehicles. I'm reasonably sure I could snag an E350 minibus and easily do the same thing where I live.
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