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Old 10-25-2017, 11:44 PM   #1
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Wink co-pilot up close and personal

As we design our skoolie , my wife is very concerned that when we travel she will be a long way away from the driver, (we are very close and we both like it)
we have discussed a captains chair right beside the drivers seat, but we have also discussed a shorter 3rd row bench seat so she can have a place to put things beside her.
I realize this will cause interference with the doors, which I am cool with relocation, I can cut, weld, glue hammer and nail anything i need to.
Has anyone ever moved the doors to mid way down the bus? I think this would look very cool and let me install a different style door too.
I would really like to install a shoulder harness rather than just a lap belt for her in advance
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Old 10-25-2017, 11:57 PM   #2
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Has anyone ever moved the doors to mid way down the bus? I think this would look very cool and let me install a different style door too.
It has been done before. A very clever mod is to move the door mid-ship and install a RV door. A generator fits nicely where the old stairs up-front were where it won't be as loud in the back, where bedrooms usually are located.

My bus has the door mid-ship and it is very nice.

The other mod is to install a platform that slides-out over the front located stairs and allows a seat to be next to driver. OneNationUnderGoat did just such a mod very nicely- they have Youtube videos.

Make it how you want ! and Welcome !
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Old 10-26-2017, 08:57 AM   #3
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Another option

On my last bus we moved the steps up one to make more space beside the driver seat and put an electric step under the door. This allows a bench to be installed for a driver/passenger leaving enough room to get around it
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Old 10-26-2017, 07:42 PM   #4
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I like that very much, this pilot/copilot is exactly what we are looking for. The layout is perfect.
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Old 10-26-2017, 07:54 PM   #5
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Thanks If you decide to go this route and have questions let me know
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Old 10-26-2017, 09:45 PM   #6
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I also thank you! I've been considering using the back bench seat of my van, but didn't think how to get around the vanishing stairwell space!
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Old 10-27-2017, 03:41 PM   #7
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Any time, that's why this community is such a great resource lots of different folks doing the same crazy thing
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Old 10-27-2017, 04:09 PM   #8
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Any time, that's why this community is such a great resource lots of different folks doing the same crazy thing
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Sorry, can't help myself.

I would get more "stuff" done on my bus without this Community as I spend too much time reading other peoples builds.

The "stuff" I did get done would be crap without seeing the other ideas, however.

What vehicle is the bench seat out of? Does it work with us Husky fellows? Or will I need to get skinnier copilot ?
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Old 10-27-2017, 04:20 PM   #9
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I agree completely if I didn't spend time seeing how others accomplished similar tasks I would get it done faster but I have gotten so many good ideas here it's worth it!

The seat is out of a newer Mercedes transit van I used it because of the built in belts. A bigger couple would be a bit crowded, they measured about an inch or so narrower than the buckets in my 2010 ram but they are next to each other.
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Old 10-27-2017, 04:24 PM   #10
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I do think a seat 3-4" wider would fit without making the walkway to narrow
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