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Old 03-27-2017, 01:59 PM   #1
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Hi all,
I guess its time in introduce myself. I'm Tyler. I've been lurking around for about a year. Bought my bus in September of 2016. Drove it home from Seattle. It was a school lunch bus for about 10 years and sat for 2 more before i got it. The plan is to build a toterhome out of it.

Glad to be a part of the group.
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Old 03-27-2017, 02:30 PM   #2
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Welcome Tyler
You sure put some time in on that paint job. That is one heap of seats in there. Does that say CrisCraft on the side. I couldn't quite make it out, but a floating bus would add a new twist to this site.

Looks like you're planning on putting a toy hauling area on the back end. I elected to put toy storage in the back third of my 26' bus. To much road grime on a long trip judging by the mess on the back of the bus, but then I live on a gravel road and spend a lot of time in the woods. Have you considered leaving the roof extended over the back porch?

I like it so far.
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Old 03-27-2017, 06:04 PM   #3
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Sweet! I wish you loads of success!
Robin....what is a floating bus?

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Old 03-27-2017, 06:33 PM   #4
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Here's a cheap one, but there are some floating RVs they make now.

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Old 03-27-2017, 07:01 PM   #5
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You sure put some time in on that paint job. That is one heap of seats in there. Does that say CrisCraft on the side. I couldn't quite make it out, but a floating bus would add a new twist to this site.
It says "Campus Cafe". Thats all ABS plastic they mounted to the side when it became a lunch bus. I guess in Washington they do a summer lunch program. So it was only driven between June and August for 10 years.

The plan is to put a semi 5th wheel plate on the back. I have a 25 foot trailer that has air suspension and air brakes I plan on towing with it. The trailer was used in Yellowstone as a tour trailer. It had stadium seating all the way down it. Super weird but I like it.
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Old 03-27-2017, 07:35 PM   #6
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Wouldn't that give you a mighty long rig?

What do I know. I passed up traveling light a long time ago.
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he'll have to cut it off.. no way you want a 5th wheel hitch behind the rear wheels...
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I believe he's setting up a toy hauler, and that might work if the trailer isn't to heavy. For me it gets to involved with a trailer behind a fairly big vehicle. I decided to get rid of a bunch of stuff instead of taking it with me.

I've thought of doing that before, but the bus suspension isn't really built well enough to haul heavy loads. I'm also afraid of the increased demand for air from a trailer. I also think an actual fifth wheel hitch would raise eyebrows because it's leaning toward commercial grade equipment and at some time someone will try to haul a commercial trailer because it will fit on that hitch. I still like the idea.
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Old 03-28-2017, 12:46 AM   #9
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he'll have to cut it off.. no way you want a 5th wheel hitch behind the rear wheels...
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That is dead right. On my original post i put my photo-chopped mock-up picture(second one down) to give you an idea of the plan. Bumper is right behind the axle.
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Old 03-28-2017, 12:54 AM   #10
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I believe he's setting up a toy hauler, and that might work if the trailer isn't to heavy. For me it gets to involved with a trailer behind a fairly big vehicle. I decided to get rid of a bunch of stuff instead of taking it with me.

I've thought of doing that before, but the bus suspension isn't really built well enough to haul heavy loads. I'm also afraid of the increased demand for air from a trailer. I also think an actual fifth wheel hitch would raise eyebrows because it's leaning toward commercial grade equipment and at some time someone will try to haul a commercial trailer because it will fit on that hitch. I still like the idea.

It will be a bit long. Should be about 55 feet bumper to bumper.

As for the taxing on the air system and suspension, The trailer has its own air storage tank. It holds about 15 gallons. It should supplement the buses system nicely. I'm hoping the suspension will do. All it will be towing is a couple of light rock crawlers and maybe a hot rod or two.

The thing that I'm most worried about is the frame rails of the bus. Both my Peterbilt 210 and International S1800(originally hooked to the trailer) had extra thick frame where the hitch went.

I never thought about anyone lifting an eyebrow to the 5th wheel plate. That's a good perspective. Then again wasn't a school bus considered commercial grade equipment originally?

Thanks for all the feed back. I like to hear what all of you think.
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