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Old 09-18-2017, 05:39 PM   #1
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Weight of seats in a skoolie

How much do each of the bench seats weight? My guess is that they are pretty heavy and might equal the total weight of what the average designer might put into the bus.

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Old 09-18-2017, 06:14 PM   #2
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Location: Eastern WA
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Year: 2002
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: All American RE (A3RE)
Engine: Cummins ISC (8.3)
Rated Cap: 72
I am making a wild guess as my (poor aching) back is not calibrated in pounds.

The school bus seats that I have removed have run 50-80 pounds each. The heavier ones being high back with seat belt.

When I converted my first bus I weighed it before and after and my best recollection is that I added around 9000 lbs. Disclaimer: It was an Eagle, not a skoolie.

I know that I am going to have to watch my weight during the conversion.

If I understand correctly, the way the buses are rated (weight) assumes 80 lbs x number of passengers.

Assuming 3 passengers per 50lb seat that would yield 290lb per 3 passengers. If you have an 84 passenger bus and remove the seats I would expect a "total load" including seats and 84 passengers to be 8120 lbs.

Somebody please check my math........

My goal on my new (to me) bus is to keep the conversion pieces under 6000lbs. The approximate equivalent of a 3/4 full bus.

I have a 265hp 8.3 Cummins and an MD-3060 trans. I don't know how your bus is equipped but if it has an 8.3 or DT-466 & 5/6 speed tranny then you will likely be in the same boat. If it is equipped with a 5.9 or T444 then I would set my weight goals a bit lower.
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Old 11-10-2017, 10:55 AM   #3
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Year: 1993
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Saf-T-Liner
Engine: Cat 3116
Rated Cap: 78
We removed all the seats in our 72 passenger thomas bus and the weight removed was just under 1 Ton in total.
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Old 11-11-2017, 10:13 PM   #4
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Year: 1993
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: International
Engine: DTA466
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Ten rows (20 seats) plus the two crash panels on a 1993 Thomas weighed 1350 according to the scales at the dump
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