Skoolie conversion for DOT legal 5th wheel hauler?
I'm a tech at a Dodge dealership where I often see 5th wheel Haulers who haul for a living. But the price tag for these rigs are pricey, and still no sleeper space!
Enter a skoolie conversion. This is one of those ideas swirling around in my head that will probably never happen, but definitely food for thought.
Since I don't own a school bus, nor have a hauled, I have some obvious questions. My conversion idea would be to move the back wall up for a small sleeper space, microwave, fridge, maybe a sink.
Would DOT even let this fly? A vehicle not designed for this kind of hauling be legal for commercial use? We know it can handle it but....liability?
Transmission/gearing- I'm assuming this would be a big drawback. In fact to make it worth it, I'm sure some money would need to be spent in this area. What transmission would be advantageous?
Air suspension - When unloaded, I'm sure this will make a big difference in ride. Is air suspension common on school busses?
Deck height - would a 5th wheel mount on a skoolie frame be too high?
When you calculate lower fuel mileage vs. a 3500 truck, conversion costs', transmission change, would it even be worth it?
Thanks in advance...