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Old 12-10-2007, 12:45 AM   #11
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Re: Snow plow on a bus?

because the engine is so far in front of the front axle, it works like a teeter-tauter pushing the front of the bus towards the ground and trying to pick the rear wheels up into the air. It doesn't actually pick the rear wheels off the ground, but it significantly reduces the amount of weight on the rear wheels which equals less traction.

I would imagine a rear engine bus would have significant traction in the snow, but may not steer so good.
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Re: Snow plow on a bus?

Yeah, I sure wouldn't try this on a bus. Most plows that I see around here are mounted on 3/4 ton trucks. The dual rear wheels on the back hurt too. It distributes the weight too much. Then you don't get enough traction on the rear wheels. If you've ever seen a dually stuck in the mud, you'd know what I'm talking about. I just don't think it would be practical on a skoolie. MAYBE a bus built on a van chassis with a diesel and a single rear wheel axle. Even then, I don't think it would work that good.
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Old 12-10-2007, 10:07 AM   #13
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Yeah, I sure wouldn't try this on a bus. Most plows that I see around here are mounted on 3/4 ton trucks. The dual rear wheels on the back hurt too. It distributes the weight too much. Then you don't get enough traction on the rear wheels. If you've ever seen a dually stuck in the mud, you'd know what I'm talking about. I just don't think it would be practical on a skoolie. MAYBE a bus built on a van chassis with a diesel and a single rear wheel axle. Even then, I don't think it would work that good.
don't get me wrong, i think a skoolie would make an excellent "plow truck" when it comes to pushing snow. Although not so good when it comes to maneuverability. Not much different than this truck: (minus the 5 tons of salt he can put in the bed)



on a conventional bus, or preferably shorter i think a skoolie would push far more snow than any conventional 4x4 1 ton pickup truck. I'll gladly hook a strap from my bumper to any 1 ton 4x4 and play tug-of-war with them on snow gravel or dry pavement.

one more negative thing about a plow bus. Getting stuck! Though it probably wouldn't happen often, It's never good to get stuck when you're the biggest thing around. Be careful.

i think you should put the plow on and make a youtube video plowing through 12 inches of fresh snow!

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Re: Snow plow on a bus?

I'd put a plow on my bus as the guinea pig, but we only get 4" of snow a decade.
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