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Old 01-29-2010, 09:02 PM   #11
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Re: To Put a Vehicle on a Skoolie...

hey smitty, gotta ask a dumb question - generally what hight is "legal"? so far I'm seeing 14 ft max, but will that still add driving restrictions in some areas?

My plan is to add something more substantial than a VW, maybe a short bus, but I wouldn't take it past 3.5-4 ft high, just enough space for a guest bed. (the length will have to accomidate both the bed and the opening above the "livingroom", giving it a nice high ceiling and a place for plants.)

Also, speaking of legal, what are the limits of activity for a second floor when on the road? you can't exactly buckle someone in up there... or would it just be treated like an overcab bed?
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Old 01-30-2010, 06:13 AM   #12
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Re: To Put a Vehicle on a Skoolie...

I think Max Height is 13ft 6in.
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:50 AM   #13
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Re: To Put a Vehicle on a Skoolie...

Originally Posted by Sketchbang

The other reason for not flanging the school bus is that I'm afraid of cutting too much into the trusses and structure. Per the plan, the VW will just be accessed by a small hole in the ceiling of the bus.
So, I just bought my bus, and now we're struggling with the plan we laid out several months ago of raising the roof with a welded vehicle. I just noticed the aop mentioned avoiding cutting into trusses. is this really a problem structurally? the hole we were hoping to cut would be about 4 ft length or so, up at the front of the bus just behind the drivers seat... not sure how wide (still considering what vehicle will go up there, or if we should makeshift the whole structure out of sheet metal and extra windows). just under would be the living room, roof would only be raised 3 ft, like an overcab bed space. total length of structure about 10-12 ft.

also, how significantly does the weight affect maneuverability or gas mileage?
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