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Old 01-28-2019, 01:05 PM   #11
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I have never noticed a lack of leg room in our rear engine bus. I am 6 ft tall.
I replaced the stock seat with an air ride seat from the big truck junkyard.
I mounted the seat where it is comfortable for me.
If you move or replace your current seat consider making or buying a seat that will swivel.
I put an aftermarket swivel assembly between the air ride base and the seat. It makes the living area of the bus a little bigger with one more place to sit.
A tilt and telescoping steering column is on the to do list.
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Old 01-28-2019, 06:11 PM   #12
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Thanks for the advice everyone! I'll def look into removing the barrier behind the seat and getting telescopic steering column and tilt seating. Appreciate the replies!
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Old 01-28-2019, 11:59 PM   #13
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I have a IC re and it has tilt and maybe telescoping cant remember. And though short 5'7 with the seat aired way up I am no where close to touching pedals. As mentioned if divider is removed you can go back a little further or remount your seat further back I guess.
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Old 01-29-2019, 01:30 AM   #14
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School buses are built with seat spacing that is very different. In the same size body with maximum knee spacing you will find 13-rows of seats. In the same size bus with the the minimum knee spacing you will find 15-rows of seats. In the bus with the minimum knee spacing even the driver's seat gets less knee spacing. In CA there were even some 16-row buses but oh my goodness were those seats close together.



I can remember one bus that was spe'c'ed with the maximum number of seats. I hated driving it because I could never get my left leg into a comfortable position. The seat wouldn't go up high enough or move back far enough to give my legs a normal position while driving.
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Old 01-29-2019, 12:54 PM   #15
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School buses are built with seat spacing that is very different. In the same size body with maximum knee spacing you will find 13-rows of seats. In the same size bus with the the minimum knee spacing you will find 15-rows of seats. In the bus with the minimum knee spacing even the driver's seat gets less knee spacing. In CA there were even some 16-row buses but oh my goodness were those seats close together.



I can remember one bus that was spe'c'ed with the maximum number of seats. I hated driving it because I could never get my left leg into a comfortable position. The seat wouldn't go up high enough or move back far enough to give my legs a normal position while driving.
Thank you! Even if I did end up with a 16 row bus, could I still remove the barrier and move the driver seat position back a bit?
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Old 01-29-2019, 01:09 PM   #16
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Yes, that is one of the nice things about doing it yourself, your way
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Old 02-02-2019, 03:55 PM   #17
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Driver leg room in RE

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As a 6 ft. tall person, I'm concerned about leg room in the driver seat of a flat nose RE. I would be uncomfortable if I couldn't stretch my legs out all in the way in front of me from time to time (my left leg while driving, at least, and right when stopped ).

Is there really only about 3 feet from the inside of the front bumper to the back of the driver seat in these types of buses?
I am 6'4" tall and I weigh in at 400 lbs. I replaced the driver's seat with a air seat via a Big Truck Salvage yard. I did move the seat back a couple of inches (about a 1/2 foot).
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Old 02-02-2019, 05:24 PM   #18
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I'm 6'2" with a 2003 Thomas Saf-T-Liner transit-style bus. I drove her from Kankakee, IL to Billings, MT and had plenty of room. Mine has a Tilt/Telescopic wheel and an air ride seat. Totally comfortable.
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