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Old 10-21-2019, 11:07 AM   #1
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Getting things In/Out

Hey all, I'm still on the hunt for a bus to convert. Ltest find is a flatnose 2000 Thomas MVP Rear Engine that looks like it's in good nick, so I'm going to take a little drive this weekend with the wife and see what I can do on it. Only thing is... those Rear Engine busses have the smaller emergency exit window at the back, and that got me thinking: have any of you ran into problems getting things in/out without that back "door"? I've never thought to measure clearance on the front entrance, but now I'm imagining putting a mattress and a stove in and wondering if they'll even fit!

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Old 10-21-2019, 11:16 AM   #2
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My service door is big enough for me to get everything I need in and out on my RE.

It did have a big emergency exit on the drivers side but I covered it.
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Old 10-21-2019, 12:09 PM   #3
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Do it first

I have a 66 pas Tomas and I had to put my fridge, shower and washer dryer combo in before I built most of it. Once or if I have troubles they'll need to be fixed or disassembled to get out . No matter how much we plan somthing will always go for **** lol.
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Old 10-21-2019, 02:13 PM   #4
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Thinking back on my first bus. The cabinets fit through the service door but would not make the turn. I wound up having to take out the drivers seat and steering column to make room to get the larger cabinets in the bus.
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Old 10-21-2019, 02:16 PM   #5
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Can't speak to the stove but our (for the house) king size mattress arrived via ups. Memory foam! Whatever size you want will fit though the emergency window once!

I plan to change my rear door to a full size ramp/deck feature.
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Old 10-21-2019, 02:25 PM   #6
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Can't speak to the stove but our (for the house) king size mattress arrived via ups. Memory foam! Whatever size you want will fit though the emergency window once!

I plan to change my rear door to a full size ramp/deck feature.
I saw a memory foam mattress on Walmart's website that had something like 1000 positive reviews. For $340 I decided to chance it. It came vacuum packed in a box small enough pick up and carry by myself.

I liked the mattress enough that I bought three more and I will be ordering number five for my bus.
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I saw a memory foam mattress on Walmart's website that had something like 1000 positive reviews. For $340 I decided to chance it. It came vacuum packed in a box small enough pick up and carry by myself.

I liked the mattress enough that I bought three more and I will be ordering number five for my bus.
2 Queen size mattresses cut in half to make 4 twins.
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Old 10-22-2019, 05:45 PM   #8
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It just so happens I measured my rear hatch today. I’m going to ditch that single pane glass and put a smaller rv window back there.

The hatch measures 59”X25”. The opening is of course a little less.

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Oh, the Edoor is 30” wide.
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Unless you are bringing a piano in you should be fine.
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