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Old 12-05-2016, 07:48 AM   #51
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In the Thomas they're about 24" wide, about 48" long and 9" high at the top of the curve.
48" long, really?!!? Holy craptastic!!

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When coming aboard there is a swivel seat immediately to the left which is the co-pilot seat underway (there's a cover over the stairwell) and a comfortable lounge seat when stopped.
You sir are an F'ing genius!! If you stole the idea from someone else; if you don't tell, I won't. Hadn't thought of that. Expanding on this has anyone moved the co-pilot seat to be in line with the driver's seat? Covering the stairwell yet removable while still be crash rated... This needs some serious attention!!

Some kind of twist lock like a Navy hatch maybe.
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Old 12-06-2016, 03:38 PM   #52
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I think it was Onenationundergoat (I'm not positive)but he built a passenger seat that is really good. It may be what you're looking for. I'd love to see more of his design, so that a fuzzy old mind, like mine, could try to copy it
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Old 12-06-2016, 04:21 PM   #53
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48" long, really?!!? Holy craptastic!!

You sir are an F'ing genius!! If you stole the idea from someone else; if you don't tell, I won't. Hadn't thought of that. Expanding on this has anyone moved the co-pilot seat to be in line with the driver's seat? Covering the stairwell yet removable while still be crash rated... This needs some serious attention!!

Some kind of twist lock like a Navy hatch maybe.
I have the (swivel) co-pilot seat in line with my drivers seat. I think. I don't really have any good pictures on hand but here are two which kinda show it. I don't have a stairwell hatch yet, but I am definitely planning on it. Your comment (perhaps unintended) has inspired me to try and get a fold down desk to go over the hatch so I can use the passenger seat as a working chair.





and since this thread is about floorplans, I guess I"ll post my sketchup screenpic here. Even though it's kind of outdated, halfassed and unlabeled.

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Old 12-06-2016, 11:12 PM   #54
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I have the (swivel) co-pilot seat in line with my drivers seat. I think. I don't really have any good pictures on hand but here are two which kinda show it. I don't have a stairwell hatch yet, but I am definitely planning on it. Your comment (perhaps unintended) has inspired me to try and get a fold down desk to go over the hatch so I can use the passenger seat as a working chair.
After thinking on it today, it might just be easier to move the front door to mid-ship. Almost certainly doing a roof raise so how much harder can it be to move a door? Plate over the old stairs and use it for storage. Line it with a cooler and have the passenger hand out cold drinks while driving?

I want do driver and passenger seats to swivel. Use it as a sitting area in an otherwise unused space.

I gotta go download the google floor plan app while I'm thinking about it again.
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Old 12-31-2016, 02:34 AM   #55
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Basic layout for our shuttle bus. All we're doing is a place to sleep and sit while driving. The 4 captains chairs will swivel and there will be a stowable table between them.

The bunks are cot size for the kids and the bed in the rear is a king on a platform for storage underneath. There is access to the under-bed storage from the outside and I will make it a positive psi"box" that is sealed from the inside of the bus for a generator that vents the side. CO detectors in the bus are a must.

The bunks will have pegboard on the end for hanging/storage. Also, there will be under-bed RubberMaids for them.

The floor will be 1" foam board with 5/8" ply on top and snap-and-lock laminate. This was a charter bus which means the walls themselves are already insulated.

Anyway it's the 1st mock up. I'm sure it will change.
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Old 12-31-2016, 09:46 PM   #56
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Here's what I plan to do for my families Skoolie. My son turns 16 this month so by the time our bus is ready he'll be at least 18 years old and I felt he would definitely need his own space rather than some cramped up bunk.
Also I've read about RE skoolies that have accidents and there isn't much protection for the driver so I decided that a Push Bar would at least give the driver a chance to make it out of an accident alive and hopefully in one piece. That would be me 99% of the time, but still it could be my wife or son and that's not an option.

Hope you like it and please comment on it.

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Here's what I plan to do for my families Skoolie. My son turns 16 this month so by the time our bus is ready he'll be at least 18 years old and I felt he would definitely need his own space rather than some cramped up bunk.
Also I've read about RE skoolies that have accidents and there isn't much protection for the driver so I decided that a Push Bar would at least give the driver a chance to make it out of an accident alive and hopefully in one piece. That would be me 99% of the time, but still it could be my wife or son and that's not an option.

Hope you like it and please comment on it.

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Love the layout!, but from experience with my queen bed in that direction... Your design seems kind of ambitious. I've got about 1 foot left over, once I rotate my bed that direction. Not knocking it, I just hope your bus is wider than mine.
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Old 01-01-2017, 08:45 AM   #58
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Love the layout!, but from experience with my queen bed in that direction... Your design seems kind of ambitious. I've got about 1 foot left over, once I rotate my bed that direction. Not knocking it, I just hope your bus is wider than mine.

Yeah I figured as much, but I can work with what little space there is and modify, well basically shrink to scale right! Either way that is the layout for us. The extra privacy is great for friends and family too when they come to visit us.
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Old 01-01-2017, 08:57 AM   #59
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Love the layout!, but from experience with my queen bed in that direction... Your design seems kind of ambitious. I've got about 1 foot left over, once I rotate my bed that direction. Not knocking it, I just hope your bus is wider than mine.

Just a thought but has anyone ever attempted to widen a bus? I know I'll be raising the roof nearly 2' so why not push out too? That is definitely ambitious. lol not sure if it's really possible or been done but once I have my bus I'll consider that briefly, then move on. Slide out's are way too ambitious, I watched a YouTuber doing just that and WOW! is that a huge undertaking. That would stretch a plan to 4 years or more. I'd probably be pushing up daisy's before I completed it. lol
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Just a thought but has anyone ever attempted to widen a bus? I know I'll be raising the roof nearly 2' so why not push out too? That is definitely ambitious. lol not sure if it's really possible or been done but once I have my bus I'll consider that briefly, then move on. Slide out's are way too ambitious, I watched a YouTuber doing just that and WOW! is that a huge undertaking. That would stretch a plan to 4 years or more. I'd probably be pushing up daisy's before I completed it. lol

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