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Old 01-24-2020, 11:35 AM   #1
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Considering a skoolie for mobile office / trade show RV

Have some opportunity to start attending some weekend shows. Was thinking a Skoolie would be good as it is larger than my Sprinter and I can carry much more weight for inventory. Any thoughts would be welcome.
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Old 01-24-2020, 12:22 PM   #2
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Some have wheelchair lifts which can serve as liftgates. Just be aware of possible (likely?) commercial usage, insurance, and licensing (if over 26K GVWR), assuming it's a business use (I can go into more detail if this is the case).
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Old 01-24-2020, 12:22 PM   #3
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If you have somewhere to park it at tradeshows and in between them there's not much downside to it. If not it may become a hassle for you. Happy building
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Old 01-24-2020, 12:38 PM   #4
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We sell solar panels for RVs and I thought I could make it a nice show room to have panels controllers and everything set up. Trying to grow our business and website and want to visit more trade shows. I think I can pay for some spots at outdoor shows.

Have a call into the RV show to see if it will be a parking issue, thanks for the feedback.
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Old 01-24-2020, 12:41 PM   #5
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Great idea, never thought about that. The solar panels are about 37 pounds each. I can't see having more than 10 or so at any time. Don't think people will leave with them, so I am hoping weight won't be an issue. Weight is an issue on towing though, my sprinter van only has a 5000lb towing capacity.

https://rollingwiththewhitneys.com/o...an-conversion/

Thought about a trailer, but may be more weight.
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Would a short bus be over weight on the 26K GVWR?
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We sell solar panels for RVs and I thought I could make it a nice show room to have panels controllers and everything set up. Trying to grow our business and website and want to visit more trade shows. I think I can pay for some spots at outdoor shows.

Have a call into the RV show to see if it will be a parking issue, thanks for the feedback.
RV parks are famous for excluding skoolies. It would be amusing (kind of) if RV shows did the same thing.
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Would a short bus be over weight on the 26K GVWR?
You're probably not going to get anywhere near that. My bus is a 35' 65-passenger bus and it weighed 16,246 pounds after gutting.
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RV parks are famous for excluding skoolies. It would be amusing (kind of) if RV shows did the same thing.
I have heard there are parks like that, I think there was one in New Orleans that only allowed Class A's after a certain year.
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Yeah I don't think we are going to be too heavy, Just a sofa, couple of bunks, fridge and some RV solar gear. My main issue is that my Sprinter has a max 5000lb towing capacity, so think towing may be out of question.
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