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Old 12-16-2016, 10:23 PM   #1
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77.5" interior height?

I keep looking for a bus with more head room. Is this one with 77.5" actually a bit more than what would be considered "normal"? It's only a 40 minute drive for me, but I dont know if there may be a better interior height option somewhere?
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Old 12-17-2016, 12:11 AM   #2
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Six foot is average. six more inches is the maximum.. So that one is in the middle.

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Old 12-17-2016, 02:52 PM   #3
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I did a lift and the interior bare metal floor to bare metal ceiling height is 91 inches now.
Originally it was 6 feet and I am 6'4 so I had to do a lift. Now, interior height of 7'7" is great. I wont need to alter cabinets, showers, walls as most have too with short walls and low ceiling.

Before going out of your way for the bus, consider if you will have to do a lift anyway. Extra head room now or extra customized head room later.
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Old 12-17-2016, 06:16 PM   #4
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Mine's 77" and I don't realize it most of the time... But, I've still got original floor & ceiling in.
In the bedroom, I've added 1" polyiso & 3/4" of plywood temporarily, and I can tell a difference, but not much.
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Old 12-17-2016, 06:22 PM   #5
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I did a lift and the interior bare metal floor to bare metal ceiling height is 91 inches now.
Originally it was 6 feet and I am 6'4 so I had to do a lift. Now, interior height of 7'7" is great. I wont need to alter cabinets, showers, walls as most have too with short walls and low ceiling.

Before going out of your way for the bus, consider if you will have to do a lift anyway. Extra head room now or extra customized head room later.
I'd rather not do a ceiling lift. I'm 5'11", but wear a hat a lot. I dont like carpets, so painted wood floors work great for me. Just curious if the 7'5.5" was more than standard. Sounds like it may be, so that would help make it look more appealing to me as the standard ceiling height was just a bit too tight for me.
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Old 12-17-2016, 07:07 PM   #6
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my thomas was an activity bus with 78" headroom, gave me enough room to insulate. that has 545 tranny, keep looking
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Old 12-17-2016, 07:20 PM   #7
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I'd rather not do a ceiling lift. I'm 5'11", but wear a hat a lot. I dont like carpets, so painted wood floors work great for me. Just curious if the 7'5.5" was more than standard. Sounds like it may be, so that would help make it look more appealing to me as the standard ceiling height was just a bit too tight for me.
Ours is 6'5".
7' plus is definitely more than the norm.
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my thomas was an activity bus with 78" headroom, gave me enough room to insulate. that has 545 tranny, keep looking
What's wrong with the 545?
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Old 12-17-2016, 07:54 PM   #9
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Ours is 6'5".
7' plus is definitely more than the norm.
I apologize. 77.5" is 6' 5.5". I always get that mixed up for some reason. So your bus is 6'5"? And it's what is considered "normal"?
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Old 12-17-2016, 08:00 PM   #10
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Have you driven one? They dont have a lockup torque converter for one, so the fuel economy is abysmal, it seems like you have to put your foot on the floor just to get the bus to roll out of a parking space, and you lose alot of top end "passing power" - the transmission doesnt like torque, which is what our diesels are good at.. so it's 'programmed' to downshift before your engine can even really start to make good torque.
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I am 6' and i have maybe another 5 inches above my head to the ceiling.

Also i spend most of my time in the bus sitting, kneeling, or laying down. I have a few blankets separating areas, so i am often ducking anyway and spend a rare amount of time walking or standing at all. Now i might sing a different tune if the ceiling were lower and i had to duck, but i just don't think much time spent in a bus is standing or walking. However, i totally support anyones efforts to find a tall celing and to raise the ceiling.

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Old 12-17-2016, 09:26 PM   #12
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Have you driven one? They dont have a lockup torque converter for one, so the fuel economy is abysmal, it seems like you have to put your foot on the floor just to get the bus to roll out of a parking space, and you lose alot of top end "passing power" - the transmission doesnt like torque, which is what our diesels are good at.. so it's 'programmed' to downshift before your engine can even really start to make good torque.
No, I dont think I have driven one. I've driven the 6x6 military trucks which have I think a 6xx allison, but I dont think I have driven a 5 hundred series.
I'm not in a hurry, so I can keep looking. Other bus local has an 8.2l engine, so unless I can get the bus for free, I think I'll pass on that one too.
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Old 12-17-2016, 09:28 PM   #13
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I am 6' and i have maybe another 5 inches above my head to the ceiling.

Also i spend most of my time in the bus sitting, kneeling, or laying down. I have a few blankets separating areas, so i am often ducking anyway and spend a rare amount of time walking or standing at all. Now i might sing a different tune if the ceiling were lower and i had to duck, but i just don't think much time spent in a bus is standing or walking. However, i totally support anyones efforts to find a tall celing and to raise the ceiling.

I'd likely be doing the same. Dont care much for being inside all the time. Even though I may leave my hat on most of the time, I do take my shoes off, which might help another inch to inch an'ahalf.
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