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Old 11-05-2021, 03:16 PM   #21
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I agree with CadillacKid. My first RV was a class C made on a Dodge van chassis with dualies. I got it for free, but spent too much to make it usable as well as repairs. Scary weak roof on it. My first Crown was/is built like a tank. The class C I started with got 6 mpg on a good day. The "old Crown" got 10 mpg all the time. With the new Crown I took lessons learned doing the "old Crown" and expect maybe 8 mpg or better with the taller gearing. I know exactly what I have built into it and I have done it my way. (my brother thinks I have over engineered it, but hey I am a retired software engineer) Doing this in my design allows me to have a motorhome to fit my needs and desires. We won't live in it, don't plan a lot of winter travel, and expect reliability in design, and follow the KISS principle.

Doing my own design and development allows me to perfect the design on paper and avoid too much rework.
This being my second conversion allows for me to apply lessons learned from the first one.


I hope to share some of these lessons learned here.

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Old 11-07-2021, 06:59 PM   #22
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The idea to make a bus body into a trailer is being done.
This 61 Gm will be on a trailer frame to lighten the weight and modernize brakes
Also tires are so much better now that We will feel safer
Dropping the drivetrain motor transmission steering and front axle will also let us have air suspension.
Food truck
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Old 11-07-2021, 07:04 PM   #23
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GM 1951 Food Trailer Conversion

Plenty of indoor street seating when done.
40 feet long 102 inches wide
Like Vw port windows above side ones
doors 2 on right curb side and 1 on left drivers side
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Old 11-09-2021, 06:11 AM   #24
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I thought of this thread instantly when I saw this on FB this morning. Converted to 5th wheel. Says its somewhere around 10,500lbs...
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Old 11-09-2021, 07:53 AM   #25
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Exactly the type of unit I had referenced. I'd Guarantee that doesn't have functional brakes, and seeing how 10,800 lbs is well over the 3k lb limit in Georgia, it would be illegal to take on the road.
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