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Old 07-16-2021, 09:59 AM   #1
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DIY towing a large bus

Hello everyone,

Glad to finally join the ranks here! I had a large Schoolbus about 20 years ago that I bought on ebay for 800$. It lasted only a few days before I blew a main bearing and had to sell it to a mechanic for a ride to the airport then got a 1500$ Shortbus on craigslist about 6 years later that had piston compression leaking into the cooling system which was making me sick and I had a mechanic try fixing it after pouring more money into it then I paid I abandoned it to him. Now I just bought an all American bluebird 2007 with 8.3 commons and Allison electronic 6 speed at the punta gorda Copart auction for 3500$ Salvage title out the door but once again the cost to fix a bad transmission, and a few other things would be more then the bus I found out. So while I was looking for a parts bus I actually found a almost ready to go bluebird all American that only needs some fuel lines replaced at best or maybe a fuel pump to run. My second blue bird was only 2000$ Clean title out the door. So now I need to set up a flat tow system to tow one heavy bus with another because my free towing good sam roadside membership will probably not pay 1200$ to tow her (2 miles) for me too many more times. Any ideas? I saw a few heavy duty military surplus tow bars on ebay that can handle 39000lbs but what kind of tow hitch should I get? Ideas? Pics? Am I crazy? I heard that I can tie the air brakes from the mule to the back bus to assist breaking.

Btw Iím going to register in vermont as a motorhome. And needless to say my more expensive bus will become my parts bus oops. Also Iím buying rural land at suburban estates near orlando to keep my parts bus at.

Cheers and looking forward to getting to know more of you! Christian is my name
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Old 07-16-2021, 10:13 AM   #2
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Here's a description of what we've done, which would probably apply to your plan...hope it helps:

https://www.skoolie.net/forums/f13/f...ead-35883.html
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Old 07-16-2021, 11:05 AM   #3
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Hi Ross, awesome post. Thanks that helps. I’m curious what you searched for to find other threads like ours? I couldn’t find any including yours.
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Old 07-16-2021, 11:14 AM   #4
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Hi Ross, awesome post. Thanks that helps. Iím curious what you searched for to find other threads like ours? I couldnít find any including yours.
Haha! I cheated, because the search function truly isn't very helpful sometimes. I remember that I had mentioned the "Brake Buddy Vantage" so I searched those words and found it. What, you mean you didn't search for "Brake Buddy Vantage?"
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Old 07-16-2021, 11:26 AM   #5
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After seeing the story on the bus accident I wonder if that rear axle will allow it to be flat towed. Story includes video of the accident. https://thelehighacresgazette.com/ne...inor-injuries/.
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Old 07-16-2021, 11:34 AM   #6
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Wow you’re good! Yes the drive shaft and rear pinion were broken and one of the u bolts was broken along with its corresponding axle bracket and the axle itself was knocked off of its spring guide nub. I plan on jacking the chassis up then jacking the axle up and sliding it back in place with a come along then replacing the broken parts before I tow it. I also drove out to the school that wrecked the bus and talked to the driver involved. He said it’s a great bus but the transmission housing was cracked so that’s why I made it into my parts bus. I’m having a great time anyways this is fun,
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Old 07-21-2021, 09:34 PM   #7
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Iím curious how hard it would be to replace the broken pinion. Hopefully i just unbolt the old one and new one just bolts on. By the way I have a blue bird all American parts bus if anyone needs parts. Itís got a cat c7 engine.
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