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Old 06-19-2017, 05:12 PM   #1
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Floor Hatch

Hey everyone. Been a little since we've posted here. Just wanted to show out gas tank hatch. We have been reading from a lot of people whether or not to cover this hatch. We didn't at first since our bus is so new but we are familiar with Murphy's law and don't want to be way down the road trying to remember where the hatch is under our bed to cut a hole.

Here is how we did ours. It's turned out quite clean and it's a very snug fit. Hope this helps some of you looking for a way to make yours!



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Old 06-19-2017, 08:42 PM   #2
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That's really clean. Looks nice.

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Old 06-19-2017, 08:49 PM   #3
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That is a very nice job. Everybody is going to think you've got a safe in your floor.

When I saw this thread I thought it was going to be about a floor hatch that you could use to drop down under the bus, like an escape hatch. I'm not sure what occasion would make it necessary to exit the bus that way, but hey.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:43 PM   #4
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Can never have too many escape hatches haha
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:50 PM   #5
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If this hatch is where people walk someone is going to get tripped up and hurt. You should not have any raised surfaces in walking areas.
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:56 PM   #6
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It will be under the bed.
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Old 06-20-2017, 02:09 AM   #7
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... yet you still made it nice and purdy. That's how I know you love your bus. Good job.
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Old 06-20-2017, 11:21 AM   #8
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Exactly!!! Thank you Marceps.
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I'm only in like with my bus. This one isn't pretty.
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Old 06-20-2017, 02:34 PM   #10
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That is a very nice job. Everybody is going to think you've got a safe in your floor.

When I saw this thread I thought it was going to be about a floor hatch that you could use to drop down under the bus, like an escape hatch. I'm not sure what occasion would make it necessary to exit the bus that way, but hey.
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If this hatch is where people walk someone is going to get tripped up and hurt. You should not have any raised surfaces in walking areas.
Damn near dead center for the fuel tank. That was my thought. I'm going to trip over that sucker before I remember it's there.

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It will be under the bed.
Really? Lucky. Mine is up front and will be the center of the "living room".
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Really? Lucky. Mine is up front and will be the center of the "living room".

That is quite unfortunate. Ours is perfectly centered in the back 1/3 of the bus but the bed will cover the left side of the hatch and part of our water tank will probably sit on it. It will still be a pain to get to if needed but emptying a water tank and moving storage items won't be as bad as cutting the hole when/if needed.
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That is quite unfortunate. Ours is perfectly centered in the back 1/3 of the bus but the bed will cover the left side of the hatch and part of our water tank will probably sit on it. It will still be a pain to get to if needed but emptying a water tank and moving storage items won't be as bad as cutting the hole when/if needed.
Front third on mine.

Hey wait a minute, my bus is an RE. Why the hell is the fuel tank there??? There is literally nothing behind it (by +90 something inches) and nothing in front of it (30 something inches). The filler neck has plenty of room to move forward before the door would be in the way. And of course there is nothing in the way out back except the diff pumpkin and wheel wells.

Shorter fuel lines to the engine is a good thing. Longer wires to the dash are a lesser evil than longer fuel lines. I already block all the pumps getting fuel. Hmm, I might need to look at moving the tank sooner than later. It's only a 60 gallon tank so I kinda want to replace it with a 100 gallon anyway. Or add a second and plumb them together.
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We have a FE and the tank is in the rear. It's also a flat nose. Maybe it's for safety.
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We have a FE and the tank is in the rear. It's also a flat nose. Maybe it's for safety.
Also a flat nose; 40'. Can't put it all the way in the back where the bed would be since it's a RE; the engine, tranny, and driveshaft are in the way. In front of the rear wheels would still leave it in a living space but would be bathroom. I could move it closer to the front wheel well. But if I I'm doing is hiding the filler neck, I can do that most anywhere with cabinets. Don't think I want it forward of the front axle even if it would fit (not sure it would).

Guess I need to borrow Millicent's tape measure and get to work!!
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Sounds like too much work haha.
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Sounds like too much work haha.
If I could hide the center hatch no. And if I upgrade the tank capacity maybe not. For just the filler neck, most definitely.
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