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Old 07-17-2015, 10:23 AM   #11
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Could be done. Use that space under the floor for something-batteries, generator, water tank, etc. Most of those doors leak horribly anyway.
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Old 07-17-2015, 11:02 AM   #12
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If my batteries fit there, I'll be using it for that at least temporarily. It really cuts down on my ground clearance, so I think I'll eventually cut the stairs out entirely. Eventually.
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Old 07-17-2015, 11:11 AM   #13
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If my batteries fit there, I'll be using it for that at least temporarily. It really cuts down on my ground clearance, so I think I'll eventually cut the stairs out entirely. Eventually.
I cut my stairs out.

Now I have 16 square feet more floor space.

I never did like the idea of wasting floor space with stairs that can be outside the bus.

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Old 07-17-2015, 12:26 PM   #14
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If my batteries fit there, I'll be using it for that at least temporarily. It really cuts down on my ground clearance, so I think I'll eventually cut the stairs out entirely. Eventually.
At least the bottom step. Building a trap door storage locker would be good, too. It depends on your weight balance and interior floor plan, but you can still get a foot of vertical space without impacting ground clearance.
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Old 07-18-2015, 10:08 AM   #15
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I was thinking that it would be a cabinet accessed from the outside. If not for batteries, maybe it could be for tool drawers, or the generator, or insulate it and put in a water tank. Cut out the second step, turn it upside down, and weld or bracket it back in to get a box, rather than stairs.
Still think I'd rather have the ground clearance though, we'll see.

@Nat, I'm a slave to floor space.
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Old 07-18-2015, 10:16 AM   #16
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I know we're talking shuttle buses vs. conventional buses... but papabear had a pretty good build... so, I'd say just about anything is possible!

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Old 07-18-2015, 12:53 PM   #17
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That's a great example of what I'm talking about.
And what a great build!
Did he ever paint that rig up?
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That's a great example of what I'm talking about.
And what a great build!
Did he ever paint that rig up?
dunno, I tried resurrecting the thread from the dead.....
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f11/th...s-3501-10.html
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Old 11-09-2015, 04:24 PM   #19
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I'm in the process of finishing this project up. I'd like to patch the hole (left after door removal) with a material that matches the rest of the bus.

It's a composite material consisting of two layers of aluminum sandwiching a core of something else. Does anyone know what it's called, or how to get my hands on some (by some I mean one 9'x3' panel)?

After some searching, I think my best guess may be to find a similar bus in a junkyard, and cut it up. However, that would take time, which is my most limited resource at this point.
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