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SKJSS (formerly Klayfish)
SKJSS (formerly Klayfish) UltimaDork
10/4/23 9:10 a.m.

My wife and I are starting to narrow down or search for living on the road part-time. Our plan is to fly to single events more than 10 hours from home.  For back to back weekends or longer, or very long trips we will drive. I'm looking for something that can tow either a fifth wheel or a travel trailer, as well as carry a car on its back. Something like a ramp truck, car hauler, or converted School bus. Bonus points for having a small living or sitting space as well. Here are a couple examples of what I mean. Budget is $20,000.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/796365571948962/?mibextid=dXMIcH

https://www.truckpaper.com/listing/for-sale/219023955/1992-freightliner-fld120-car-hauler-trucks

Go!!! 

NY Nick
NY Nick GRM+ Memberand Dork
10/4/23 9:30 a.m.

In reply to SKJSS (formerly Klayfish) :

Man I am glad you asked, I have been coveting this thing since I saw it listed:

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/223701340636163/?ref=category_feed&referral_code=null&referral_story_type=post

 

Toyman!
Toyman! GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/4/23 9:32 a.m.

Nothing local at the moment but I will keep an eye out. 

 

Have you considered a Class A motorhome with a car trailer? They might be easier to find in your price range.

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dps214
dps214 SuperDork
10/4/23 9:55 a.m.

Join a few FB trailer/tow vehicle for sale groups. I'm in one and it seems like the dirt track season just ended and everyone is selling their stuff to prepare for whatever upgrade they're getting over the winter.

914Driver
914Driver MegaDork
10/4/23 9:58 a.m.
SKJSS (formerly Klayfish)
SKJSS (formerly Klayfish) UltimaDork
10/4/23 9:58 a.m.

Thanks!  NY Nick, that truck is awesome but unfortunately it can't carry a car on its back.  Toyman!, yes we've talked long and hard about our options and a class A just isn't quite the right fit. 

914Driver
914Driver MegaDork
10/4/23 10:00 a.m.
SKJSS (formerly Klayfish)
SKJSS (formerly Klayfish) UltimaDork
10/4/23 10:02 a.m.
914Driver said:

Diesel Bluebird with a stick. NMNA

This one's been around a while, still cool.

Yes!!!  Exactly what I'm looking for!!  Can you check the link to that second one that carries a car inside of it? The link you posted is for a picture of the first bus.

Toyman!
Toyman! GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/4/23 11:12 a.m.

Buy this rig. Sell the trailer and add a camper of your choice. That will let you haul 3 cars on the truck and have as much living space as you want. 

Marketplace link.

Product photo of 2007 Sterling Enclosed Car Hauler Car Hauler

Product photo of 2007 Sterling Enclosed Car Hauler Car Hauler

hobiercr
hobiercr GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
10/4/23 11:28 a.m.

Here's the link for the GMC Savanna car hauler. I actually know the seller of this. He's been trying to get rid of it for some time.

SKJSS (formerly Klayfish)
SKJSS (formerly Klayfish) UltimaDork
10/4/23 11:42 a.m.
hobiercr said:

Here's the link for the GMC Savanna car hauler. I actually know the seller of this. He's been trying to get rid of it for some time.

Is it a good truck?  I wonder how much an engine swap would cost.  I don't have time or skill to do it myself and would want to get it done quickly.  That's exactly the type of thing I'm looking for. 

SKJSS (formerly Klayfish)
SKJSS (formerly Klayfish) UltimaDork
10/4/23 2:29 p.m.

So that diesel Bluebird above is perfect, except the bad area is about 3 ft too short. I'm not a welder, how hard or expensive would it be to have somebody weld a sturdy metal plate with reinforcement so the bed was long enough? The bed is currently 8 ft, and I need about 11 or 12.

AMiataCalledSteve
AMiataCalledSteve HalfDork
10/4/23 10:51 p.m.

This one has been on the market for a little while near me, it's pretty rad and might suit you. They're asking $20k.

Stampie
Stampie GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/4/23 11:01 p.m.

If you clean out the left side you have a double bed. 

2002 Chevy Suburban 2500

914Driver
914Driver MegaDork
10/5/23 7:40 a.m.

In reply to hobiercr :

Thank you. I'd buy t just because!

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
10/5/23 8:18 a.m.
AMiataCalledSteve said:

This one has been on the market for a little while near me, it's pretty rad and might suit you. They're asking $20k.

Wow, that thing has an enormous rear overhang. Not sure I'd want to add a hitch. Looks like loading a car inside would lift the front wheels!

porschenut
porschenut HalfDork
10/5/23 8:41 a.m.

Good luck!  With that sort of load carrying/pulling, distances expected to go and price cap you better have an awesome roadside assistance plan.  And be comfortable driving something with a tired worn out suspension/steering system that is terrifying at 55 mph.

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
10/5/23 9:00 a.m.

In reply to SKJSS (formerly Klayfish) :

I think porschenut just addressed the elephant in the room. 
 

Are you sure you want to drive a Bluebird that far, and haul 2 cars with you?  I know you and your wife have talked about it, but have you done it?

Sounds like an awful way to travel.

914Driver
914Driver MegaDork
10/5/23 9:40 a.m.

NMNA.  And you've got $15k left for a nice interior.  =~ )

Spearfishin
Spearfishin Reader
10/5/23 9:47 a.m.

I have a short bus that's built on same vintage GM van chassis as that Savannah car hauler. Mine has a TBI 5.7 and it's seen GPS verified 90mph with the wind at its back going downhill. It's pleasant enough to drive IF you treat like you're flying a Cessna 172. It's going to be slow and noisy. And much like flying a C172, a headset improves things immensely. I drove ours from VA to SC and found my stints at the wheel to be be most bearable when I had Bose noise-canceling headphones on with my own soundtrack playing.

Some other things I have learned:

-Mine doesn't have AC up front from the factory, just fan and heat. It does have a rear AC added by Bluebird in the upfit, but that does little for the driver given the heat load imparted by having the engine basically centered on your right leg. So, definitely make sure it has "front" AC, whatever you get. 

-Insurance was a little tough to come by for ours. Your mileage may vary. 

-Note sure of actual towing capacity, regardless of hitch. Mine has frame rail extensions for like last two feet of the frame that were clearly added after it left GM factory. I added a hitch, but mainly for using a hitch hauler for a dirt bike/dual sport, not for actual towing. 

-Mine has the sealed beam headlights and they're borderline dangerous. Low has no throw, high has no spread. Neither are bright enough. Ended up adding one of those light bars I hate so much for use in the mountains because otherwise switchback style roads were a 15mph affair at night. 

SKJSS (formerly Klayfish)
SKJSS (formerly Klayfish) UltimaDork
10/5/23 10:07 a.m.
porschenut said:

Good luck!  With that sort of load carrying/pulling, distances expected to go and price cap you better have an awesome roadside assistance plan.  And be comfortable driving something with a tired worn out suspension/steering system that is terrifying at 55 mph.

To clarify a little, my $20,000 budget is just for the tow pig. The RV is completely separate, as are any other cars.

It looks like that gray bus a few posts up is going to be the winner.  We talked about it, and our plan is as follows.  A large travel RV will be home base and stay in Georgia.  For any event less than 10 hours away, we will bring the bus.  We will either tow a small car on a dolly behind us, or nothing at all. For the fun of it, we are considering getting a Smart and loading it on the back. If we did that, we wouldn't tow a car behind us.

Yes, I have driven school buses.  Life is an adventure, and my wife and I are having the time of our lives!

jovibuilt
jovibuilt New Reader
10/5/23 5:02 p.m.

If the bus falls through I might have just what you want. Depends on the car size that you plan to haul. 7.3 diesel with 5 speed and ac and onboard air. 

SKJSS (formerly Klayfish)
SKJSS (formerly Klayfish) UltimaDork
10/5/23 5:24 p.m.

In reply to jovibuilt :

How much?  More pictures? 

jovibuilt
jovibuilt New Reader
10/5/23 6:36 p.m.

In reply to SKJSS (formerly Klayfish) :

I have inside pictures when I bought it. I can get new ones. It has air bags on the rear that deflate to load.I do not have the car ramps just a center one like uhaul. I used it to haul bikes.New tires all around. It has disc brakes all around. $7000. FIRM. Where are you located?

SKJSS (formerly Klayfish)
SKJSS (formerly Klayfish) UltimaDork
10/5/23 6:43 p.m.

I tried to send you a message. I am in atlanta, but don't mind doing a fly and drive.  If you didn't get my email, you can email me at skjss0307@gmail.com or text me at six 1 0 two 1 3 eight 1 95

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