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Old 06-13-2014, 06:04 PM   #11
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Re: Family Tardis

Dangit! I forgot to leave room on my layout for the washer dryer! I love how spacious the play area is!
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Old 06-14-2014, 12:10 PM   #12
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I noticed how both of your proposed floor plans are for a side aisle layout. Is that going to allow enough height? I'm 6'2" so can only stand upright in 3 places in my bus. Under each emergency hatch and one spot behind the engine cover. I have to use a center aisle myself but still have to walk with my head down.

Nice to see another Who fan here. Why not paint the bus blue? Just do white above the windows for heat issues. My bus is going to be red and white, possibly with a bit of black here and there as a separation. I still haven't made any final decisions about paint myself.

My conversion will be much slower than yours as for the most part I am the only one working on it.

I do have a favor to ask of you if you wouldn't mind, or better yet have a child handy who wouldn't mind. I want to build underbody storage boxes like your bus has but have no idea how to attach them. Could you please take some pictures under your bus where the luggage bays attach to the floor or the frame or whatever they attach to so I can figure out how to put mine on?

I have seen a couple of different methods used here but I'd really like to know what Bluebird did.
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Old 06-15-2014, 04:15 AM   #13
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Re: Family Tardis

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Are the dogs going with?
Ideally, yes. We will leave them with a sitter while we travel, then do "doggy daycare" with friends or my Mom if needed after we park. Of course, when we got the dogs several years ago, had I but known... Fortunately they are portable pooches (chihuahua and a pug/bichon cross) which makes it a much simpler decision. Now, a great dane - we'd be having an incredibly different conversation lol What kind o mutt do you have?
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Old 06-16-2014, 06:31 PM   #14
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Sara: Thanks


pictureLOVE: With three tiny people traveling with us we had to prioritize playspace. Our pup is a golden retriever/black lab. She is 6 and is starting to not like little people all over here so I think a small space with 4 tiny people with her not able to get away much would not be an awesome idea. She loves it with my oldest and her dog so it's all works out well for her.

orangepeel91: That is a good point as I am 5'10" and my husband is 5'11". I'm just not sure how else to do it and have everyone fit. I thought about blue but there are SO many blue buses it seems. We can definitely snatch pictures for you tonight. I'll try to get them posted when the kids go to bed.
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:25 PM   #15
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My bus is 10' shorter than yours, but admittedly it will most likely never be used by more than 4. For that matter 2 is going to be the normal max. I'm not just tall but wide also. I'm over 400lbs so a standard 36" shower just isn't going to be good enough for me. I can do 36" wide but want 48" long. That way I will have enough length to build a seat into the shower since I will not be able to stand up in it due to the curve of the roof. I am going with a center aisle. throne on drivers side so it will be directly over the black tank (remember most rv connections for electric and water are on the drivers side. Every public dump station I know of is set up that way). Anyhow throne on the drivers side and shower on the right.
You may want to consider ditching the long desk with bench seating for 6. Seems a huge waste of space when the kids can sit on couches and its easy enough to make lap desks that can store like folding chairs. Couches equal sleeping space after all.
You also may want to consider the bed idea, more specifically the ply area under it. My mattress is almost a foot thick by itself. You have to have enough room to get in and out of it after all. Then there's other things husbands and wives might wish to do from time to time. I have another idea that may just do the trick for you. pulleys mounted to the ceiling if you want to go cheap or linear actuators if you don't want to go cheap. Build a platform for the mattress then when being used as a play area use the pulleys (You did add rope to the pulleys right?) to life the mattress to the ceiling. When you want a bed for all those horizontal type activities lower it down to a normal height.

As for the pics of how the luggage bays attach to the bus thank you very much in advance.
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Old 06-18-2014, 12:39 AM   #16
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Orangepeel91: I've been thinking about what you were saying and redoing my floorplan to try to use the middle for actual walking more. We are hoping to do a seperatte (sp?) toilet if I can save enough for it. That way I can do away with black tank all together. Do people generally do the wiring in the floor or under the bus? The huge table is/was for eating/stationary computers/ect.. but I think you are right it's a lot of space. I may just see if maybe we just all switch to laptops. Even at a house we almost never actually eat at a table. We can eat on the couch beds. Maybe a cover over them that we pull off at night so the kids don't have crumbs in their bed. It's funny you say that about the pulleys, I was actually thinking about something like that when I was in the bus tonight. Having enough height to um... sit up seems like a good idea. I got your pic too! Sorry I couldn't get them yesterday, it was raining all day. Hope this works. Let me know if you need more than that. The pictures show off a lot of rust I didn't notice. lol
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:49 AM   #17
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Layout take 3. Tried to utilize the middle for walking more and took the kids growing past wanting them in our bedroom into account.
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Old 06-19-2014, 12:55 PM   #18
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I would think that if your kids are old enough for a sleepover, then they are old enough to sleep outside in a tent. I would not figure in extra sleeping for extra people.

So where are you going to put your clothes?
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Re: Family Tardis

Bunk beds work wonders.... Just a thought for grown kids......
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Old 06-19-2014, 08:00 PM   #20
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I know a 40' bus looks like a lot of space.
And it is.
Until you try to have 8 people living in it.
It isn't going to take anyone long to get sick and tired of family togetherness. In that amount of space there is NEVER any privacy.
Yes you can shut the bedroom door, but walls tend to be thin to not waste the space, therefore not insulated, therefore sound carries so even in your own room you'll still hear all the belching, farting and whining and that's just from your husband!
Never mind what you're going to hear from the kids.

lornaschinske raises an extremely valid point, you have allotted zero storage other than under beds. That's really going to suck when you go looking for the cereal in the morning. With 8 people to feed every day I don't really need to mention a pantry and food prep area will be necessary.

Easy to move the kid bed space above the cribs. that frees up 6 linear feet of space for large storage cabinets which you are going to desperately need. Also need to allow for some personal storage for each child too. toys books etc.. Play space. There is still murphy bed in the back idea so don't discount that one just yet. Additionally, crib mattresses are thin, easy enough to make the jail bar part foldable and hinge the entire crib platform to the wall. Fold bar part down and bottom part up against the wall and you have clear floor area from one side to the other except about 6" on each side that the folded cribs take up. Having the bar section hinged will make it easier to remove later when they're ready for their big kid beds too.

Back to storage. Did I hear you say something about the luggage bays? Don't. You can kiss at least a third of the space there goodbye. Water tanks have to go somewhere. Going to need space for the pump and water heater too. Propane tanks also if you're going with that.

Thank you very much for the picture. That shows exactly what I wanted to know. Apparently one of the ideas I had dismissed wasn't too far from what Bluebird did. At least now I know it will work. I'm saving the picture into my idea file on my puter.

Thanks again!
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