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Old 05-22-2022, 05:08 AM   #1
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Schoolie for Snowbird hauling or trailer?

Love the forum read quite a bit.... I have been trying to read about my current use case/need but cant really find much. We are going to snowbird about 1,000 miles away from each other. We need to transport alot of belongings each way.

I was thinking of getting a bus I could haul all of our stuff with and then use it to camp a couple of times a year. The setup would need to be bare bonnes type given the need to haul but just wondering if anyone has any feedback on how to further understand if this is practical or not. Need to be able to safely go 72MPH cruise, tow a SUV. ITs going to sit for months at a time not being used. Would like to stay at campsites on the way down and up?

The alternative is having to buy a truck that can haul and buy a trailer OR just getting a pod each time but thats too easy

Looking forward to feedback

As far as budget I dont really have one but would prefer something basically ready to go. $20k? Reliable NON-DEF?

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Old 05-22-2022, 07:52 AM   #2
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A truck and trailer will allow you to separate your belonging from the tow & repair shop if (when, really) the bus breaks down on a 1000 mile journey.

Each trip risks having to rent truck & trailer, unload into rental, then continue on the journey.

"High mileage", "Retired from service", "Sits months at a time". A Truck & Trailer seems much more spot on, to me. Drive the toad. Tow the belongings. Just one opinion.
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Old 05-23-2022, 06:45 AM   #3
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A truck and trailer will allow you to separate your belonging from the tow & repair shop if (when, really) the bus breaks down on a 1000 mile journey.

Each trip risks having to rent truck & trailer, unload into rental, then continue on the journey.

"High mileage", "Retired from service", "Sits months at a time". A Truck & Trailer seems much more spot on, to me. Drive the toad. Tow the belongings. Just one opinion.

Hey Demac totally agree. Just the pricing on a truck and trailer. Is 80K for something newish VS. bus. OR quite used for much less and then you have similar reliability issues? Also agree time is the enemy of it doesn't run around. I will say we would tow a vehicle so if bus breaks down we have another vehicle with us
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Native, a member here, did just that. He and his wife moved from Texas to Florida and used a bus to do so. They converted it enough for their use, added ac and an inverter, and I'm not sure what their plans for the bus is/was after the move.

Back then, buses were cheap and at one time you could buy a used bus, that was well taken care of, for a few thousand. That was cheaper then buying an enclosed trailer, and it was cheaper then renting a U-haul for several weeks/trips. That's all if you had a truck to pull it. If you didn't, then buying the bus was way cheaper then buying a truck and a trailer.

Everything has changed since then. Buses are no longer cheap IMO, but trucks and trailers aren't either, so do your due diligence and price all the options out.

Look for something reliable, that is not in the rust belt, and is recently being placed out of service. Repairs will make or break your budget, so avoid things that are prone to it, like maxxforce engines or anything that uses DEF.
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Native, a member here, did just that. He and his wife moved from Texas to Florida and used a bus to do so. They converted it enough for their use, added ac and an inverter, and I'm not sure what their plans for the bus is/was after the move.

Back then, buses were cheap and at one time you could buy a used bus, that was well taken care of, for a few thousand. That was cheaper then buying an enclosed trailer, and it was cheaper then renting a U-haul for several weeks/trips. That's all if you had a truck to pull it. If you didn't, then buying the bus was way cheaper then buying a truck and a trailer.

Everything has changed since then. Buses are no longer cheap IMO, but trucks and trailers aren't either, so do your due diligence and price all the options out.

Look for something reliable, that is not in the rust belt, and is recently being placed out of service. Repairs will make or break your budget, so avoid things that are prone to it, like maxxforce engines or anything that uses DEF.
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Honestly I don't want "cheap" I really want the safest reliable ride for the $. This we can use for camping and hauling back and forth. Still reading through all the forums it gets confusing. Hoping to find something that is already minimalist converted and suits our needs for highways.
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