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Old 06-05-2012, 10:52 AM   #41
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i measured the distance between the top of the tires and the wheel well with holding tanks filled. with the air suspension, i have more than a foot clearance, and could easily take 4-5 inches off the top of the wheel wells on the rear,esp since when the bags are down, it only around 4 in less. The fronts have even more room. I think these things were designed to haul 84 300 lb kids... could probably cut most of ft wheelwells off...(not doing that as i would have to redo everything) n wanna leave room for something like ice.
well... gvw is 36k
havent weighed bus, i imagine im at 22k at most. my last coach bus when finished weighed 26k.
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:41 PM   #42
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Hmm. I have thought about mud build up... Ice does really build up. So much that it would fill a whole 12" tall well. Hmm,


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I think these things were designed to haul 84 300 lb kids... could probably cut most of ft wheelwells off...(not doing that as i would have to redo everything) n wanna leave room for something like ice.
well... gvw is 36k
havent weighed bus, i imagine im at 22k at most. my last coach bus when finished weighed 26k.
Ha, yeah, mine is rated at 18 tons too...lots of BIG kids! I was wondering what most peoples finished coaches weighed compared to their original weight with the seats and all. I imagine I'll be adding 3-4k wet, but all the seats must weight quite a bit.
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:46 PM   #43
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Re: Benny and Marissa's Bus

X2 for some "flexed out" pics of the bus...

I wish I had looked into flat wheel wells in the beginning...

I deal with axle articulation a lot on my 4x4 rig, never even looked at the bump stops on the bus to see how much I had to play with...

Very interested to see how it works out for you...
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:41 AM   #44
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i imagine the seats and heaters, etc that you take out of a 40' bus weigh about a ton. you have to add a lot of stuff back to equal that.
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Old 06-06-2012, 12:13 PM   #45
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I'm keeping my heaters, but I agree that the seats have got to be close to a ton, however I did notice seats on an 01 are way lighter (like everything these days...except the kids!) than 70's and 80's buses that I've dealt with.
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:16 PM   #46
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they made lighter seats to compensate for the heavier kids...
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:46 PM   #47
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We managed to get the LowE foil backed insulation up. I have a whole bunch of rolls at work that contractors bring in for trade as they get an extra roll on every job they do. It functions as a vapor/draft barrier and a reflective radiant wrap. It has an "R-value equivalent of R-7". We taped all of the seams so it should be an effective draft barrier. The roof has its factory vent and should be able to ventilate itself well, so I am not worried about condensation. We started putting up 1/2" rigid R-max insulation over it. I'll post a pic of that shortly. The polyiso insulation is R3.2. There was 1.5" of sound deadening insulation between the two sheets of metal in the roof, I am gonna guess it might be R2. So, we should be around R-12 or R-13. We need to block out our windows next, run 110v down the sides and insulate the sides.
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:35 AM   #48
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that is essentially what i did in my bus, and even with the door open, it is far cooler in the hot sun. with the door closed- which is rare, the small 8000 ac will cool the bus up to almost 90.
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Old 07-21-2012, 01:18 AM   #49
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I was wondering if I could notice a difference today with most of the 1/2" Rmax up on the rolled LowE. It was 99F today and it seemed quite a bit cooler in the bus than before when I tried to work on it in 90+ temps! Chev49- Did you do the wrap and 1/2" on the ceiling?

Hey John- Nice work! I have always felt bummed about the seats just doing to scrap and the dump. Trading them is great! It is hard to find "organizations" that will think ahead and store things they will need. The seats must have been 1,000 lbs. then.
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:52 AM   #50
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i put 1/2 insulboard with foil backing on ceiling. used half inch because it curves very easily compared to the 1 inch. if i were to want more, which i dont need.. i would buy more half inch and glue it to the other sorta like curved wood when it is laminated.
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