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Old 07-11-2021, 11:34 PM   #1
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Skoolie weights

Are there any buses that weigh under 26k GVWR and are not the mini types? Iím talking like the bigger busses like the international 3700/3800 or any of those dog nose busses?

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Old 07-12-2021, 12:11 AM   #2
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My 2005 FE300 only weighs about 21,500 with the seats in. And it's 40' long
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Old 07-12-2021, 12:38 AM   #3
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Awesome, how many rows of windows does it have?
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Old 07-12-2021, 12:43 AM   #4
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13 windows down each side.
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Old 07-12-2021, 12:56 AM   #5
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Thank you, now I can start planning I need to keep it under 26k fully built. I dont qualify for CDL because of medical reasons
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Old 07-12-2021, 01:05 AM   #6
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26,500 and CDL

Well, in the case of Kansas....... you dont need a CDL, but you have to test for a class "B" license.

Unless, you are using the bus for commercial purposes.

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Old 07-12-2021, 02:25 AM   #7
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Mine's 25.500 GVWR.
14K empty.
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Old 07-12-2021, 03:13 PM   #8
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Mine's 25.500 GVWR.
14K empty.
What kind is yours?
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How many windows
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Old 07-12-2021, 03:28 PM   #9
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GVWR is what you are looking for as far as license requirements go if you aren't converting the title to RV status. Most full size buses have a GVWR of 27k+. You'll likely be looking for a mid size such as a school bus with wheel chair lift, etc.



Most states don't require special licenses for RV platforms.
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Old 07-12-2021, 03:33 PM   #10
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Good ole commiefornia doesn’t care, I’ve been told you can get the freighliner busses under 26k GVWR
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Old 07-12-2021, 06:36 PM   #11
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My 2005 FE300 only weighs about 21,500 with the seats in. And it's 40' long
What is the GVWR?
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Old 07-12-2021, 06:42 PM   #12
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What kind is yours?
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Engine
How many windows

'01 IH/Blue Bird 3800
T444E engine (7.3L) with 5-speed manual transmission, approx 218K miles (verified by ECM)
Air ride, air brakes
"6-window" with wheelchair lift in rear (Approx 25' bumper to bumper, approx 17' behind driver's seat)
Seats unbolted (but still in bus)
Plywood mostly removed, floor partly "Ospho'd" and primed (no major rust), carpet squares installation begun (can be removed easily)
EBPV delete done
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Yes, it is available, asking $7500.
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Old 07-12-2021, 06:49 PM   #13
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Mine is 18,000lbs after conversion with water and fuel full. 11 window , 34ft total length
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What yours weighs and GVWR are 2 different things. GVWR is the maximum your bus can weigh fully laden.
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Old 07-12-2021, 08:06 PM   #15
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What yours weighs and GVWR are 2 different things. GVWR is the maximum your bus can weigh fully laden.

Yup I get that.


Now because mine weighs 18,000 I could set the GVWR below 26,000 without any worries.
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Old 07-13-2021, 12:10 AM   #16
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Yup I get that.


Now because mine weighs 18,000 I could set the GVWR below 26,000 without any worries.
How do you set it below 26k GVWR federally only the manufacture can classify your GVWR you canít change that yourself.
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How do you set it below 26k GVWR federally only the manufacture can classify your GVWR you canít change that yourself.

Ok here in Virginia when you register and get plates for a truck you set your max GVWR to what you want as long as it does not exceed the max the manufacture says it can be. If you are going to pull a trailer that weight must be included and should be listed as GCVWR, gross combined weight rating.



You are not required to carry as much as the vehicle can carry, just can not exceed it.


For Vermont tags there is no weight listed on my registration for the bus.


On my bus there is no GVWR on the manufactures id plate in the bus, or anywhere in or on the bus. I do find that odd, maybe it is old enough that it never had that info? I had to do a bit of research to see what it really should be just for my own desire to know.
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