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Old 03-22-2016, 09:44 PM   #1
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Howdy all. I'm a 23yr old queer located in muggy central Florida and starting to solidify my plans for a skoolie.

My goal is to get a 40ft front engine and to do a roof raise.

Features include a loft/reading nook, two baths(one folds away), two-two bed bunks(1 bunk folds up), kitchen w/ breakfast bar, and an open lounge. Plus solar panels and deck on top.

Since I don't have a bus yet I'll just use this thread as a way to keep all my plans in a central location so that when I'm ready to buy stuff and start building it will take minimal time.

The bus will be used mostly for shorter trips. As much as I'd love to live a life on the road, plans haven't worked out like that for me. However it'll at least be a nice "man cave."

Floorplans to come once I figure out how to upload em.
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Old 03-24-2016, 07:28 PM   #2
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Here's the first few drafts of the bus. I'm leaning towards the one with the larger bathroom so I can keep things to ADA guidelines if I can. I'm pretty active in some disability communities and want to make sure anyone coming aboard will feel comfortable.

I really wanted a kitchen bar though. I'm not sure how to get that without cutting into that nice open "living room" up front.

The tub in the larger bathroom will have the drain on the right side, so it'll be on the same side of the bus as the grey tank(drivers). Not sure if I want to fit another toilet in there, but I probably will.

Anything obvious I seem to be missing? Critiques welcome.

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Old 03-25-2016, 09:52 AM   #3
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First off, We don't know nor do we care that you're "queer". No need to advertise that.
You are welcome here no matter who you are.
Next , do all the reading you can. Once you decide the type and size of bus you want, start asking questions. There is a lot of great info on this site. we can help you avoid some of the pitfalls of skoolie owning.
If you want to Have the bus more ADA accessible., get one with the larger wheelchair lifts and build around that.
Good luck and have fun.
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Old 03-25-2016, 11:21 AM   #5
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If you want to be ADA compliant, I'm sure there's a lot of info out on the InterWebs about that, but I don't recall the topic coming up here before. A good point has been made about the lift; no point in being disability-friendly if your friends can't get on the bus with you. Plenty of them out there, but it will be something you can't move on your floor plan and will have to design around. Also any wheelchair bus will have a lot of tiedown rails available, and will need to keep that area clear so that they may be used. Lots of square feet used up there.

I can't see "ADA compliant" and "24" walkway" in the same thought, myself. You'd have to carry one of those skinny wheelchairs the airlines use to get folk on/off the plane.

Of course, if all you need is Braille signage, you're home free!
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If you want to be ADA compliant, I'm sure there's a lot of info out on the InterWebs about that, but I don't recall the topic coming up here before. A good point has been made about the lift; no point in being disability-friendly if your friends can't get on the bus with you. Plenty of them out there, but it will be something you can't move on your floor plan and will have to design around. Also any wheelchair bus will have a lot of tiedown rails available, and will need to keep that area clear so that they may be used. Lots of square feet used up there.

I can't see "ADA compliant" and "24" walkway" in the same thought, myself. You'd have to carry one of those skinny wheelchairs the airlines use to get folk on/off the plane.

Of course, if all you need is Braille signage, you're home free!
Well I am hoping to include a ramp on the entrance instead of a wheelchair lift, and I think wheelchairs only need 36in of clearance, which is definitely a bigger number than 24, lol. So I'll be adjusting walls and things to get it right.
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welcome and as it has been said "we don't care "the 5 W's" so let's keep this thread about buses and their transformation to your dream...
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