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Old 12-16-2016, 08:01 AM   #1
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An odd question but ...

It probably varies by bus body, mfg, and even pax count but for a full length skoolie what is the distance from floorboards to the ground?

It came up in a conversion playing the What If game. Buddy has an RX-7 with a body kit that bottoms out when he drives over his own shadow. He is tossing around the idea of using a skoolie for a toy hauler. Doing the impossible (the What If part); giant hinges and using the entire roof for a ramp, the approach angle would be fine.

I found that tire diameter is 40". Since the wheel wells are 9" ABOVE the floor boards, is 40" a fair height?

And actually this would be a good dimension to know as I would like to get rid of the interior stairs and use RV folding stairs (if they don't suck too bad).
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Old 12-16-2016, 09:00 AM   #2
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I'd say 40" is probably a pretty decent guess.

I'll measure mine a little later on today for you.
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Old 12-16-2016, 09:05 AM   #3
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Rameses, Thx.

I did a search for tire sizes but didn't see any in thread titles. I expected 37 hits, maybe they were all 10 yrs ago but nothing in the first page of results. Didn't want to have to open each and every thread.
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Old 12-16-2016, 11:15 AM   #4
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Measured at the stairwell, my 2002 All American with 11R22.5s has a floor height of 37 7/8".
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Old 12-16-2016, 02:07 PM   #5
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Measured at the stairwell, my 2002 All American with 11R22.5s has a floor height of 37 7/8".
Those tires are 41.x" tall brand new. I guess cutting down the wheel wells to something shorter isn't going to net you much before you start rubbing. There was some guy or another that was talking about doing that.
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Old 12-16-2016, 02:26 PM   #6
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Measured at the stairwell, my 2002 All American with 11R22.5s has a floor height of 37 7/8".
If I go moving the door and don't have interior steps, a roof raise is a must. How high am I going to have to raise it? What's the distance from the main floor to the bottom step? That's got to be a fairly significant distance.
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Old 12-16-2016, 02:31 PM   #7
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My bottom step is at most a foot off the ground... o_0 '84 Amtram International
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My bottom step is at most a foot off the ground... o_0 '84 Amtram International
Other way. From the bottom of the bottom step to the top of the top step is ...?
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I dont know my floor height, i havent measured, but ~38" sounds roughly right, so minus a foot leaves 26", which sounds approximately right. I can measure when I get home... but every bus is different :P
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I dont know my floor height, i havent measured, but ~38" sounds roughly right, so minus a foot leaves 26", which sounds approximately right. I can measure when I get home... but every bus is different :P
The better measurement would be the door height. Are those standard? Floor to ceiling is. New ceiling is however tall the door is.
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