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Old 04-09-2021, 09:03 PM   #1
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Working on my Skoolie in the Centrsl Florida Area (Sanford) and need a mobile mechanic who can jack the front end high enough to get my fuel tank remounted under bus.. anyone in this area know of a mechanic??thanks. 😎
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Old 04-09-2021, 11:19 PM   #2
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A suggestion and a question.

Suggestion: Search online for diesel mechanics in your area. I'm sure there's a mobile diesel one local.

Question: Why do you need a mechanic to jack up the bus?

I'm assuming that your bus, with a capacity of 48 (adults??), is about the size of mine, 33'.

I'm not sure what a mobile mechanic in your area charges, but I'm betting it's a lot more than investing in a jack that can easily raise part of your bus to create room for your tank.

The other option is to build yourself a couple of large sturdy ramps to drive (if drivable) the bus onto. A couple of good railroad ties or lumber beams screwed (big long screws) together and then cut to create two ramps would do the trick.

Also, create some really good wheel blocks to assure the bus doesn't move before jacking up the bus, or placing them after driving it onto the ramps.
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Old 04-10-2021, 09:08 AM   #3
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Working on my Skoolie in the Centrsl Florida Area (Sanford) and need a mobile mechanic who can jack the front end high enough to get my fuel tank remounted under bus.. anyone in this area know of a mechanic??thanks. ��
If your looking for a mechanic to do the install of the fuel tank... I can't help but, sorry.... but...It is not a hard job to do yourself.

All you need is a bottle jack, which you should have for your bus anyway, a standard car floor jack a some 4x4 lumber.

Working on solid ground, not on the grass, use the bottle jack to raise the wheels on the passenger side of the bus.
I am assuming bus don't run cause fuel tank is out.

Chock wheels on driver side first though.
Do not work under bus while bus is under jack by itself, lower bus back down onto the 4x4 blocks you got, good safety practice...

Using a floor jack raise your fuel tank into place and secure!
As you raise the tank and find you need more room to lift, just block/support the underside of the tank with the 4x4 blocks or whatever else is handy!

DO NOT USE CONCRETE BLOCKS !!! They tend to split and fall apart!
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Old 04-10-2021, 09:21 AM   #4
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I bought a 22 ton air over hydraulic floor jack a few years ago from harbor freight about 300 dollars and it has been a very good investment. I also bought at the lumber store some 2x12 lumber and used glue and screws to make blocks to put under the wheels. 3 pieces cut 4 foot, 3 foot and 2 foot makes a ramp to get about 5 ˝ inches up that I can drive up. I made 6 of those, one for each tire. Then I cut 12 2 foot long 2 x 12 pieces that I can put on top of the ramp with the aid of the jack. This has allowed me to change the transmission and have access to the bottom of the bus. One of the costs of ownership to a skoolie is TOOLS!
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Old 04-15-2021, 08:53 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies and info. I have a 20 ton bottle jack that only raises 18 inches which I used to level my bus on my sloped driveway fir build purposes but need a jack that can raise the front end another 2 feet to get tank under bus again.
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Old 04-15-2021, 09:32 PM   #6
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most mobile mechanics only carry jacks big enough to lift off the ground for changing a tire.. you likely need a big rig tow truck who can lift it and then set it on your cribbing.. no tow company will allow you to work under it while lifted.. so youd have to prepare your own wooden cribbing to set the bus on.. and then call the tow rig back when you are ready to set it down.
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Old 04-16-2021, 02:36 PM   #7
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All good advice above.
OR...if you are parked on dirt or soft ground, or can move it to an area of soft ground, you could dig a small trench under it deep enough to get the tank in place?

Anyhoo, good luck...
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Old 04-16-2021, 04:29 PM   #8
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All good advice above.
OR...if you are parked on dirt or soft ground, or can move it to an area of soft ground, you could dig a small trench under it deep enough to get the tank in place?

Anyhoo, good luck...
That's a great idea. Dig a hole for the tank and drive over it. Like the Enola Gay
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Old 04-16-2021, 07:17 PM   #9
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All good advice above.
OR...if you are parked on dirt or soft ground, or can move it to an area of soft ground, you could dig a small trench under it deep enough to get the tank in place?

Anyhoo, good luck...
Such GREAT thinking.
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Old 04-17-2021, 01:50 PM   #10
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can you post pics of the ground conditions under your bus?
and a pic of existing tank location?
that would help already good suggestions be better to help you do this safely with out the expense of a mobile mechanic or wrecker.
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Old 04-18-2021, 01:24 PM   #11
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Very funny idea. Only bus won’t run with tank out in first place��
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Old 04-18-2021, 02:10 PM   #12
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well here's what I think... a mobile mechanic is not gonna have a jack to lift the bus 2 feet into the air. Yeah he could use a couple of bottle jacks and some cribbing but, he is gonna charge for that labor! Also, you can do the same too!

I would get some cribbing ready and just call in a medium duty wrecker to come over and lift it up with the boom and set it up on the cribbing.

Much quicker and much safer and probably cost you the same, mechanic labor vs wrecker cost!

Another way of doing it, have the wrecker come over and lift the bus, slide the tank under then lower the bus. This would require just ONE wrecker visit.
Just be ready to have a way to lift the tank up...floor jack...etc...


oops, didn't see/didn't read that this was already suggested.
Guess this might be the best option ???
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Old 04-18-2021, 04:59 PM   #13
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Local diesel shop has a mobile truck. They charge $125/hr, from the minute they leave their shop till the minute they return, no matter how bad traffic is.
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Old 04-18-2021, 05:06 PM   #14
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Very funny idea. Only bus won’t run with tank out in first place��
Can you rig up a "temporary" tank, one that can feed the engine for short runs?
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I'm confused. How did you get the tank out?
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