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Old 10-16-2019, 10:41 AM   #1
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Tow the bus itself?

I bought a 30' Bluebird flat face. It's 1300 miles away.

I posted the job on UShip. Someone bid on the job and said that they will tow the bus with a box truck.

I already searched this website and cannot find information about towing a skoolie.

I assumed that someone would just drive the bus not tow it over the Rockies.

Towing vs driving seems weird to me. But this is my first time moving the bus.

Asking for advice.

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Old 10-16-2019, 11:00 AM   #2
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I would like to know how they intend to tow a bus with a box truck. That sounds incredibly sketchy and if they fail to pull the axle shafts or driveshaft it could destroy the transmission as the rear of the transmission will not have lubrication. If being towed I'd rather someone say they have a flatbed or a purpose built tow truck, and I wouldn't expect it to be cheap either.
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Old 10-16-2019, 11:35 AM   #3
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I would like to know how they intend to tow a bus with a box truck. That sounds incredibly sketchy and if they fail to pull the axle shafts or driveshaft it could destroy the transmission as the rear of the transmission will not have lubrication. If being towed I'd rather someone say they have a flatbed or a purpose built tow truck, and I wouldn't expect it to be cheap either.
I'd talk to the guy - ask what size his box truck is, and ask what will happen to the transmission - if he doesn't volunteer the info that the driveshaft will be dropped, forget him - - and ask if he is insured and how long he's been in business - it could be a viable option if he is equipped properly and knows what he is doing
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Old 10-16-2019, 11:50 AM   #4
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I think stopping it would be a bigger concern than towing it. Pulling an axle is easy.
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Old 10-16-2019, 12:02 PM   #5
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I've towed my 38 foot Blue Bird with a pickup truck. BUT... it was only about 70 miles, didn't include any mountain passes, I had a driver in the bus to operate its steering and brakes. We ran a generator and air compressor to keep the air system charged. I removed the drive shaft, too.



It worked, it wasn't awful, but I certainly wouldn't want to run 1300 miles like that. I guess what I'm saying is that it's not impossible for the bus to be flat towed 1300 miles behind anything with enough power to drag that weight up the passes, but the slow going and the requirement for (at least) two drivers makes it seem impractical. When somebody is willing to do an impractical thing for hire, potentially at a cut-rate price, there's usually some catch.
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Old 10-16-2019, 12:28 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone. After I posted the question, the bidder pulled out.

As someone said, it's already expensive. Don't want to do it wrong.
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Old 10-16-2019, 02:17 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone. After I posted the question, the bidder pulled out.

As someone said, it's already expensive. Don't want to do it wrong.
just as well he pulled out - showed a lack of confidence - a properly equipped tow vehicle has a set up that powers the brakes of the towed vehicle and the brakes are operated by the towing vehicle - a good heavy duty 'A' frame ensures that the towed vehicle follows like a lamb
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Old 10-16-2019, 03:20 PM   #8
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why not drive it home??
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Old 10-17-2019, 10:39 AM   #9
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Where is the bus?

You may find someone here that would pick it up and drive it back to you. I'm sure that there would be fee of some sort but probably quite a bit less than having it towed or hauled.
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