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How to properly tow your 'Bird Here you will find some opinions on what some of our members did when they had to have their 'Bird towed by a wrecker service.

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Old 12-16-2009
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Has anybody converted a Bird to a travel trailer, most likely a FC?
What do you tow it with? Did you remove the motor and tranny?
(It's just built better than your typical travel trailer is why I'm asking.)

PS - I'm editing this because a number of replies are concerned about tongue weight. - I guess I should have said I picture such a trailer as retaining the axles/wheels of the Bird with the front able to turn as when a tow truck would tow it with "all four" on the ground. (The Donut Wagon mentioned below has all its wheels in the middle. Such a setup would result in lots of tongue weight, I suppose, but I believe tongue weight would be minimized by keeping the wheels where they were meant to be on the original RV.)
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Someone on another site asked if anyone has ever converted an FC into a travel trailer??

Good Golly, could you imagine what the tongue weight would be??
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I just have one comment, "tongue weight".

Why in the world would you do such a thing to a Bird, why not tow your car/truck behind your Bird instead of your Bird behind your truck? Considering the weight of a Bird, you will need a real big truck to haul it, bigger than any pickup I have ever seen.
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They asked it on this site just a minute ago, I had the same response.
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Gardner,

I just saw the post too. What would you pull it with, A surplus halftrack??

Would you tell the miss's, hold on a minute, I have to air up the trailer??

O'h my...
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Has anybody converted a Bird to a travel trailer, most likely a FC?
What do you tow it with? Did you remove the motor and tranny?
(It's just built better than your typical travel trailer is why I'm asking.)
You could more than likely tow a converted BB with a 1 ton. Note I said tow. My question and much more important is how in the world would you S T O P something as heavy as a Blue Bird with a 1 ton . It has been my personal experience that much more tends to go wrong when you try to stop rather than trying to go.
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Actually, there was an FC converted wasn't there? Wasn't it called the "Donut wagon" or something? Pictures anyone??
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The only BB trailer I have ever "seen" was a donut wagen.
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There was the BB donut wagen. Pictures here:

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I've seen a BB Wanderlodge welded to a Big Rig front end before, but never one as a "tow-behind". I've always thought that a short FC melded with an old Mack Thermodyne cab would be the coolest RV ever.
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