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Old 07-29-2015, 08:51 PM   #1
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An Insane idea...Skoolies that also tow.

I'm still working out the plans and waiting on the funds for my Taco Bus. The Aquaponics system in particular though is a cause for concern, since it requires a large amount of water to be situated right over the rear that end, I've started considering towing a trailer along with the bus that would be dedicated to the aquaponics system.

Any chance someone here is knowledgeable about towing restrictions on a skoolie? Does it count against the 40' limit? Have you ever tried to drive such a behemoth?
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Old 07-29-2015, 09:35 PM   #2
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The trailer is not combined in the 40ft limit, but most places limit you to a 65 foot total lenth.
Besides that you will need to keep in mind your gvwr and the weigh rating on your transmision. Trailer weight does not factor into gvwr only the trailers toung weight. Trailer weight only factors into gcvw but school buses do not have a combined weight rating. How much you can tow is dependant on the weight of your bus vs. The rated transmission weight.
If your bus weighs 22000 lbs, but has a gvwr of 25000 lbs you could have 3000 lbs of tung weight if allowed by your hitch. A 3000 lb toung weight would mean you have a 30000 lb trailer. Except your buses transmision is probably rated for 35000 lbs if your bus is weighing under 25000lbs. Meaning you could tow 10-12k lbs.

I'm sure you get it by know... Subtract the weight of your bus fully loaded bus from the rating of your transmision to figure how much you can tow and add trailer tung weight to the weight of the bus to insure you say under your gvwr.
Make sure your trailer has functioning breaks.
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Old 07-29-2015, 09:37 PM   #3
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and functioning brakes ;)
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Old 07-29-2015, 10:58 PM   #4
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and functioning brakes ;)
You mean other than the kind on the wheels right wouldn't wanna burn those puppies up!
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Old 07-30-2015, 06:30 AM   #5
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You mean other than the kind on the wheels right wouldn't wanna burn those puppies up!

Mmm, the smell of burnt puppies! You from Chicago? My brother lived they for some years and had a neighbor that used to throw a bbq party once a year. You guessed it.
In some cultures it is accepted and legal.
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Old 07-30-2015, 09:34 AM   #6
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We live in the land of 6% grades.

It does OK, not slow, not fast....It's 1/2 fast

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Old 07-30-2015, 10:42 AM   #7
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I've been eyeing the CL ads for a clean Geo Metro to use for that. People always laugh, but I love little econobox cars.
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