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Old 04-01-2019, 12:48 AM   #1
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Payload and build weight

So I know that the curb weight and gvwr for the cutaway chassis donít leave much payload capacity for a build, maybe 4-8 thousand lbs? Is that plenty for a full time boondocking build? How much does your build come to weight wise? I can calculate the weight of water tanks and guess at some accessories I may end up with, but before I start making spreadsheets, Iíd just like to get rough estimates of what yíalls builds weigh when dry (empty water and auxiliary fuel tanks)thx!
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Old 04-01-2019, 08:03 AM   #2
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4-8 thousand lbs. is a lot. I don't see a problem.
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So I know that the curb weight and gvwr for the cutaway chassis donít leave much payload capacity for a build, maybe 4-8 thousand lbs? Is that plenty for a full time boondocking build? How much does your build come to weight wise? I can calculate the weight of water tanks and guess at some accessories I may end up with, but before I start making spreadsheets, Iíd just like to get rough estimates of what yíalls builds weigh when dry (empty water and auxiliary fuel tanks)thx!
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Old 04-01-2019, 12:11 PM   #3
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That 8000#s you talk about would be equivalent to 90 wet third graders. How long is your bus? Is it actually a cutaway as in van cab with bus tacked on back or is it a dog nose on a heavy duty truck frame? What is the GVW and the CGVW per the factory? What does the bus actually weigh? Even 4000#s is a lot of stuff. As an example My bus is 22' long and is a dog nose. It is fully self contained and weighs in at 9,820#s. Empty (before build out and without the school bus body) it weighed 5,860 #s. It's GVW is 12,000 #s, CGVW 18,000#s. So my complete build out including the body is only 3,960 #s.
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Old 04-01-2019, 03:39 PM   #4
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I pulled the payload #ís from a website and Iím not sure it includes the bus body or not. I donít have a bus yet, Iím shopping. It seems like 3-4000# is pretty standard payload for a cutaway bus from what Iíve seen on otherís busses. Given the dry weight close to 4000# of your build, that would be much too close for comfort the the max GVWR of most cutaways
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Old 04-01-2019, 07:11 PM   #5
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We have a 4 window cab and chassis and the rated GVWR is 10,000# After our build, water, fuel, wood build out, 4 bikes, 3 solar panels, 2 kayaks, we weighed around 9500#. Our GVWR is with load D tires and we run load E tires. We didn't really exercise much caution to weight when we built and we feel pretty good driving down the road.
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