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Old September 9th, 2008, 07:00 AM   #1
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So how well would a short bus work for a tow rig?

I've had my eye on a '99 E-350 with a PSD with just over 150K miles, and the price seems reasonable at $2500. It seems imaculate inside and out, and i always wanted to have one of these ever since i quit riding them to school.

Even has a wheelchair lift that could be used for loading big heavy things.

Obviously i would have to fab up a hitch assembly, but no big deal.

My main concern would be the really short wheelbase.
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cant be much shorter than a standard cab truck can it? it should work just fine, while at the same time being tottally sweet
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Extend the frame and add a tilting flatbed behind the shortbus body.
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Old September 9th, 2008, 09:40 AM   #4
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So how well would a short bus work for a tow rig?

I've had my eye on a '99 E-350 with a PSD with just over 150K miles, and the price seems reasonable at $2500. It seems imaculate inside and out, and i always wanted to have one of these ever since i quit riding them to school.

Even has a wheelchair lift that could be used for loading big heavy things.

Obviously i would have to fab up a hitch assembly, but no big deal.

My main concern would be the really short wheelbase.
I'd like to think it would work pretty good, but that's only because I want to do the same thing. Mobile Stabbin Cabin+Tow Rig=
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DO IT! i want one haha, found one up in the bellaire area...problem is its at teh bottom of a cliff. it will be mine someday

as far as working as a tow rig? I see no issue with it
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Old September 9th, 2008, 10:16 AM   #6
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i wish i could have that thing too!) haha! nice idea!
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Only thing I could think of is the ridiculously steep differential gear busses tend to have in them as they are mostly designed for around town surface streets. I would think you would run out of RPMs pretty quick after 55-60mph.

The only reason I say this is any school bus Ive been on always shifts up pretty early and seems to be in 3rd gear by 20 or so mph, i chalked this up to having a silly tall rear end gear. I certainly dont konw what gear they yours is equipped with, just something to look out for I guess.
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Old September 9th, 2008, 12:40 PM   #8
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Short busses are the bomb! you will not be dissapointed! I have a buddy who runs one, it really tows good.
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Sort busses are the bomb! you will not be dissapointed!
i figure it will be good for lots of things besides towing!

we'll see i still have to convince the wifey that it's not a stupid idea

she's like, "WTF, you want a what?"
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i figure it will be good for lots of things besides towing!

we'll see i still have to convince the wifey that it's not a stupid idea

she's like, "WTF, you want a what?"
Tell her it's an RV- to take the whole family, maybe? That's the line I'm selling my wife, and I'm hopeful it'll it should work.
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tell her it will be way warmer to camp in the bus instead of a tent. I say go for it.
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I would not be concerned with the wheel base. I tow all the time with my K1500 full size 4x4 Blazer with a 6.5 Turbo Diesel in it... no issues towing cars, boats, trucks, equipment, etc.
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Do it.

Seriously.....

Or just get a real bus, then take the back of it and do this to it....



I think a short bus would be a great rig though. The lack of 4wd would kind of suck for muddy parking areas and whatnot, but a decent locker and a set of decent mudders would fix that, or you could do a 4x4 conversion on one....

Oh man, I gotta go....I'm gettin all sorts of fun ideas....
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Theres a guy from the we got mud site that has a short bus... pulls his big dumb mud truck.

I just remember seeing him come flying in and locking up the tires and sliding......

You can also find older Uhaul trucks. Cut the box off it and have a nice steel bed.
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if u get it can we paint it pink???
























its always been my dream to own a short bus too............
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Theres a guy from the we got mud site that has a short bus...
Why does this not surprise me?
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Why does this not surprise me?
Well, if you ride one long enough, you kinda grow attached.
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You can also find older Uhaul trucks. Cut the box off it and have a nice steel bed.
Why cut it?

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Only thing I could think of is the ridiculously steep differential gear busses tend to have in them as they are mostly designed for around town surface streets. I would think you would run out of RPMs pretty quick after 55-60mph.

The only reason I say this is any school bus Ive been on always shifts up pretty early and seems to be in 3rd gear by 20 or so mph, i chalked this up to having a silly tall rear end gear. I certainly dont konw what gear they yours is equipped with, just something to look out for I guess.
You have all that backwards. Tall/steep gears = numerically low = doesn't run out of RPM's on the highway. The gearing you had was low.
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Well, this is what I've used for the past couple of years. 94 e-350 7.3 idi diesel, auto, d70 rear. It has a 13ft bed area for my jeep, or whatever else I want to haul. Pulling two jeeps I get around 9 mpg. It has a heavy duty leaf pack so it only drops about 3 inches with the jeep on. It also has enough room behind the front seats to put a full size sofa or air mattress. Great for camping in if the weather gets bad. Here are a couple pics.

Oh, it's currrently for sale too!
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