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Old 01-25-2023, 02:48 PM   #1
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Nebraska - Motobus/Crawler Hauler

Hello Skoolie net!

I'm Jason, long time lurker and been researching vans and busses a long time now, and finally own one.

I've had my 2003 blue bird/ Ford E450 7.3 5 window for about a year now
finally have registration/insurance figured out and am starting tear down.

The purpose is - Having an adventure bus thats capable of hauling the dirtbikes/adventure bikes to remote places and pull my jeep on the trailer when we go rock crawling

I would like to haul 2 dirtbikes or Adv bikes without my motorcycle trailer(inside or small rear hauler)
full size bed for me, and pullout/dinet bed for a friend
still debating how far i want to go with the electrical/plumbing

I have a few 3d models of different layouts that i can share.

Anyone doing moto bus builds, lets bounce ideas around!

I'll post some photos, but may start a build thread as well
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Old 01-25-2023, 03:05 PM   #2
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Inventor Layout Possibilities

If im going to have 2 dirtbikes in the bus, this is my initial layout idea

pullout fullsize bed

simple counter with cooler drawer slide

Rear ac for shore power/generator

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If i decide to have the bikes out back on a small deck/motorcycle hauler, my other layout ideas have a permanent bed, which is better for storage, batteries, electrical panel location/ect.

i'm leaning towards keeping the bikes out of the bus for cleanliness, a permanent bed, and storage

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Let me know what you think!

If theres any interest in a build thread, i can try and do that as well.
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Old 01-25-2023, 03:21 PM   #3
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Pause your planning for a minute and weigh what you have now. One of the fancy scales that gives you per axle weight. A lot of the buses built on 1 ton chassis are near overweight from the get go, and any sort of conversion or trailer would make that even worse.

So my suggestion is to weigh everything, and then keep the conversion minimal and on a diet, especially if you plan on hauling a trailer with it.
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Old 01-26-2023, 02:09 PM   #4
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Go ahead and do that build thread, I luv toyhaulers big and small.
Are you doing a "multi-mission" setup in back, with a removeable bed-to-bike space?
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Old 01-27-2023, 08:38 AM   #5
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I havent quite decided yet, almost tempted to see if i can make a murphy bed that folds up out of the way, so i can have the bikes in there until i get to camp, then still a full size bed
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