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Old 01-15-2015, 09:00 AM   #311
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Looking GREAT!

I know you haven't installed any windows yet and I understand why.

It will be interesting to see what it will look like with the windows and the walls for the bathroom installed.
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Old 01-15-2015, 10:55 AM   #312
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Terrific design, outstanding fabrication! Keep up the good work...and pix.
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Old 01-15-2015, 12:22 PM   #313
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Looks good.

16" is not very much to play with, no room for any error. You have to make sure all dimensions work for you and work well, not like "I will squeeze in... I just need to exhale a bit more ".

I go to closest RV lot to measure and try things on regular basis ;). Skoolies are great but 8' width limit is making conversion much harder, this is why I decided to build slide outs. The biggest challenge is a common room area, especially if you are planning to stay/live in your bus for extended periods and not just a week ends. In my case our living room/common area will be 13' long by 14' wide.

I noticed You still have original heating hoses laying around. Why don't you put them under the floor? Also you can use pex pipes instead of original rubber ones. I will use 1" pex for long runs and few feet of good rubber hoses near the engine.
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Old 01-15-2015, 12:38 PM   #314
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I'm sure you have something figured out, but if not....What are you planning for emergency escapes for the rear bedroom and those bunks? I am thinking a 16" hallway to safety is a bit narrow in a panic type situation.
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Old 01-15-2015, 02:32 PM   #315
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Vlad, those are some good callouts. The bunks when closed become a secondary common area, in addition to the front section that has seating when riding down the road.

The narrow gap between the open beds and the bath/shower enclosures is tight, but since it actually intrudes only where the bunks are at, and it's not a full other wall, it doesn't feel bad.

The folding bunks are intended to be only for sleeping, so going to pee at 3 am might be tight.

As for the heating hose, I simply have not dealt with it yet, instead I wanted to ensure the bus remained functional while I work on it. It would be fairly easy to dive it all under the deck, especially since it already does that under the emergency door.

Another reason I left the hose in the vehicle because I am considering using a hydronic diesel heater in the coolant loop, and it would be very easy to tap in some heater cores for warming the vehicle that way. I think once enclosures are built, it would be more serviceable sitting under the deck than wedged in the cabin.


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Looks good.

16" is not very much to play with, no room for any error. You have to make sure all dimensions work for you and work well, not like "I will squeeze in... I just need to exhale a bit more ".

I go to closest RV lot to measure and try things on regular basis ;). Skoolies are great but 8' width limit is making conversion much harder, this is why I decided to build slide outs. The biggest challenge is a common room area, especially if you are planning to stay/live in your bus for extended periods and not just a week ends. In my case our living room/common area will be 13' long by 14' wide.

I noticed You still have original heating hoses laying around. Why don't you put them under the floor? Also you can use pex pipes instead of original rubber ones. I will use 1" pex for long runs and few feet of good rubber hoses near the engine.
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Old 01-15-2015, 02:34 PM   #316
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There are five emergency exits on the bus. One is approximately centered between the two bunk sets on the wall opposite of them. The bathroom will incorporate use of that emergency exit.

The second is on the same wall as the bunks, just adjacent to them to the rear.

The third is the rear window, so the adult bedroom.

Fourth and fifth are the roof hatches. The rear roof hatch is accessible from the bunks, and standing on the upper bed allows egress from the rear roof hatch.


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I'm sure you have something figured out, but if not....What are you planning for emergency escapes for the rear bedroom and those bunks? I am thinking a 16" hallway to safety is a bit narrow in a panic type situation.
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Old 01-15-2015, 03:01 PM   #317
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There would be good to know about emergency exits requirements for RV(law, guidelines.... common sense...). The original bus is meant to carry 80+ people and original emergency exit arrangement is an overkill.

We change windows, doors, add partition walls, appliances. What if the bus is on its side? will you be able to get out from any location outside? There will be many things to climb over and some might block your way.

The other way to look at this if you can't guarantee that you can get out from some locations in case the bus is on its side, then nobody get there while you drive. If you need to get there pull over and do it.


I did think about this issue because I don't have any original windows and doors in my bus. Also we need to think about having exits on both sides and roof just in case the bus is on its side....

What about having a "hammer" in certain locations. I did see this kinda emergency arrangement on some commercial passenger vehicles. RV windows are safety glass windows and easy and save to brake.
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Old 01-16-2015, 03:56 AM   #318
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I spent some time with my wife this evening trying to fit the layout better, and I think we came up with one that works out really well.

The aisle with the bunks open is 24" wide all the way to the back.

This layout includes:
24" x24" footprints for rv style fridge, washer/dryer stack unit, dishwasher, and propane range

36"x36" footprint for a 32"x32" shower kit

26"x40" toilet room (natures head)

24"x36" vanity/sink alcove

2 basin kitchen sink in 24" deep countertop

a couple good storage spaces for bulk food items

lots of storage for clothes and whatever else

4 twin size beds (kids)
1 full size bed (us)

bunks convertible to common area for dinner, activities, and whatever else.

seating for 4 adults in two rows on right side
seating for 2 adults on left side, driver (me) and wife (behind me)

I'm much happier with this configuration. Tomorrow I'll start drafting all the actual blocks out so I can get an accurate idea for materials. I am planning on fabricating all the framing from 3/4" and 1" thin wall cold roll steel square tube, and various welded sheetmetal gussets.

The partition walls will have bracing and foam inside, then skinned with abs plastic sheet that is blind riveted to the steel tube. I expect the thickest partition to be 1 - 1/8" thick.

Since I have a neat square tube bender, I might try my hand at some radius corners for the overhead storage cabinets. Honestly, I've been looking forward to that part.

Before skins go on, basic wiring and plumbing, but I plan on ensuring everything has removable access panels to get to things. It's not a house, and I don't plan on "entombing" service items like plumbing in inaccessible or hard to get locations.


Until I get annotated dimensional drawings made, I'll let you make a best guess as to what the hell all those tape lines are.


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Old 01-16-2015, 12:48 PM   #319
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