I'd love to hear from folks who have done bunks like these in their Skoolies:
School Bus Converted into Luxury RV: Day 33 - Bunks Done!
How wide/long are yours? If you have bunks on both sides, how much aisle clearance is there? How much headroom does each bunk have? Also, if you could post your inside dimensions that would be great. I am looking to build a larger shortie like this one:
The idea would be to locate the bunks longways, starting at the rear. I did a little research and found that 28 x 75 is a common RV mattress size, and I think that while it would be tight, it would be acceptable for an RV mattress. My wife and I are both 5'-10" and our girls are under five right now, so unless one or both of them gets to be extremely tall in their teenage years, I think we would be OK. 28" wide bunks would give me nearly 36" of aisle space between them given the inside width of the Collins body (91").
For those who think this is way too tight, please keep in mind that my goal here is a stripped down RV to use as a "home base" for weekend surf fishing trips and camping. Of course, for those who have done something similar with their bus who STILL think that it's way too tight, I'd like to hear that too. Finally (because I know someone will ask), I'm sticking with an E450 based bus rather than a fullsize because converting to 4WD is a must, as is maneuverability, so the added length and complexity/expense of a 4WD conversion rules a full size bus out for me.
Here's a very rough floorplan showing the concept:
There's no kitchen, table, or common area inside the bus because we just don't need it. Right now we camp out of an SUV and cook/eat outside. I plan to build a large retractable awning for the bus as well so that we don't have to haul around a canopy like we do now. The bus will simply be a place to crash/wash up at the end of a long day of fishing, hiking, hunting, etc... However, I do need the ability to safely carry my passengers (not in the RV compartment), hence the Club Wagon Seats. The new Transit vans have really nice 3 person benches where each passenger really has their own bucket with captain's chair style armrests, but they're very pricey. Maybe if I can snag one cheap...