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Old 11-17-2015, 08:20 PM   #1
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Build a wall behind the driver?

I've seen one skoolie with a wall built behind the driver area with a door to access the living portion of the vehicle. I didn't like it at first, but want to explore the idea a little more. I've been thinking about this recently because I have a buddy that told me his biggest heat loss is through the windshield. Please add your ideas and experiences:

+ 2 doors to go through instead of one increases security
- if they want in, they'll get in anyway
+ more difficult to remove larger items
+ protection from flying items in an accident
+ bonus to thermal efficiency since the wall can be insulated
- reduced usable space
- extra construction time and cost
- design could cause a more cramped feeling
+ driver distractions reduced from activities in the living area

For now, I'm just thinking about hanging flexible insulating material, such as an aerogel blanket, in a curtain-like fashion to handle the issue. Also, the wall behind the dash and the underside of the stairs will be insulated.
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Old 11-17-2015, 08:26 PM   #2
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I'm going with a wall behind the "cab". For lots of the reasons you've mentioned.
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Old 11-17-2015, 09:15 PM   #3
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I'm planning a swivel driver seat for and extra living room chair, and thermal curtains for the wind shield. I think a wall would make me feel too cramped while driving.
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Old 11-17-2015, 11:11 PM   #4
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Along with all you pointed out add,
- lack of view out the front of the bus
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Old 11-18-2015, 07:10 AM   #5
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Thermal efficiency and security are two of the main reasons I'm building the cab/wall.
I want the living area to be private. The wall will be about two feet behind the driver seat.
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Old 11-18-2015, 07:13 AM   #6
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My next bus build will be RE, raised roof and a wall behind the cockpit area for sure
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My next bus build will be RE, raised roof and a wall behind the cockpit area for sure
I'll have two out of those three!
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Old 11-18-2015, 09:55 AM   #8
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I'm debating what to do with mine as well. I want to have the area open enough so that I'm not seperated from the festivities while I'm driving, but able to be closed off for insulation. I was thinking about framing the opening in a little bit and using a large double layer blanket as a curtain. I don't want all my insulation work to go down the drain.
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Old 11-18-2015, 11:22 AM   #9
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I plan on building a wall there as well, but I'm having trouble figuring out the transition between bus and home. I'm most likely (80% no) not doing a roof raise, and I plan to leave the last ceiling panel at the front of the bus alone, and the whole front area as it is right now. I think a few inches behind the drivers seat is sufficient, a 2x4 framed wall just behind where the seat belt bolts into the floor. A sliding screen door and a pocket door. The bus area will act like a foyer
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Old 11-18-2015, 12:17 PM   #10
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The front of my bus is my living room. I have a full panoramic view, with the largest windshield, and windows on skoolie.net. Last thing I want is a wall in the way.
I no longer have the leaky bus door in the front, and will be making expanding foam inserts to fit into the windshield for living in extreme cold climates. They will have a chloroplast backside, and be molded perfectly to fit against the windshield glass.

I think a wall is a bad idea, and a waste of living space, And I live in the coldest climate of most of you.

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