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Old 04-11-2015, 04:59 PM   #31
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Old 04-12-2015, 08:48 AM   #32
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Thanks for all the ideas, folks. I thought of the slide-out option too, but my concern was I wouldn't be able to make it as large as I wanted to given the front wheel well. My other worry is I don't want something I HAVE to fold down to get out, because if you end up parking somewhere without enough room to do that, you're kinda stuck. ;)

I may give a go of having something double-fold. It would be hinged/supported along the side, but then it would have a second hinge along the front edge with a small section that would come down in front of the entry door. I have a hitch-mounted cargo carrier that does this with two bolts and a small extra section meant to form a ramp - I'd just keep that bit flat. Something like this:
Wheelchair and Mobility Scooter Hitch Carrier - Aluminum

Next question on the planning front - has anybody ever cut down their wheel wells to get a small amount of extra floor space above them? Just from eyeballing photos it looks like there's a lot more room in there than I have, say, in my car. I'm not sure what top clearance above the tire is actually REQUIRED but it seems like if some people are fine putting on bigger tires you ought to be able to do the opposite and take an inch or two off the top...
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Old 04-12-2015, 12:20 PM   #33
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I always figured that room above the tire was in case of a blow out.

My deck will not need to fold down to get out. For just quick stops, I will have 4 of them fold down foot pegs like on the front of out buses for cleaning the windshield. That along with a nice 4 foot long stainless steel grab handle running vertical up the left side of my door.

Deck will only be if we park awhile.

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Old 04-13-2015, 11:10 AM   #34
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I may give a go of having something double-fold. It would be hinged/supported along the side, but then it would have a second hinge along the front edge with a small section that would come down in front of the entry door. I have a hitch-mounted cargo carrier that does this with two bolts and a small extra section meant to form a ramp - I'd just keep that bit flat. Something like this:
Wheelchair and Mobility Scooter Hitch Carrier - Aluminum
That's what I was thinking and may do something similar. I like the idea of having a fold-out deck along the side that I can use for occasionally sitting outside with my dogs, but not having to worry about wet/muddy ground or ants, etc. I'll have the roof deck, too, but the dogs won't be able to go up there (even if I could get past the thought of one of them falling over the side) so the side deck option is appealing. Instead of being supported by cables, however, I think I'd go with drop-down legs that can be adjusted for length to support the deck from the ground. Much sturdier than any cable support and I wouldn't trip over them going from the door to the rest of the deck.
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:11 PM   #35
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Hey all, we've been in the market for a little while but are having a real hard time finding a good "fit" bus-wise to buy. I know there are lots of listings all over the place, but the budget is a little tight and flying to CA to get a hopefully-good bus isn't as great of an option for us as driving around local places to see what's in easy reach.

I'm in CT, and it seems like FE/RE buses are fairly uncommon here. There are some, but it's like 1 bus per fleet, usually the "field trip bus". They can be had, but they cost twice what a dog-nose does. Dog-noses are super-cheap here, and even with the road salt / rust risk I'm seeing plenty of options that are totally do-able.

Also, we're starting to kind of like the look. We want it to still be like a school bus, not an RV...

Given all that, the one thing we really want compared to the Class A's/C's we considered before going down this road is a front loft. What I'm wondering is - has anybody done a roof raise AND bump-forward in a dog-nose bus to make it kind of like what a Class C looks like?

To be clear: I'm not worried about HOW to do it. I'm pretty confident I can make it happen. I'm asking whether anybody HAS and has any lessons learned?
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Old 05-08-2015, 09:13 AM   #36
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good luck...and go for it, mileage would suck a little more ;)

and pictures would be required
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