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Old 01-02-2009, 06:02 PM   #1
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Re: Ground to roof height of average bus PLEASE HELP!

mine is 112 inches ground to roof not including roof air timbuk
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Old 01-02-2009, 06:37 PM   #2
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Re: Ground to roof height of average bus PLEASE HELP!


Close to ten feet -- before the roof lift, of course.

Legal limit is 13' 6" some places, 14' others.
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Old 01-06-2009, 09:17 PM   #3
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Re: Ground to roof height of average bus PLEASE HELP!

Elliot what is your roof height after the raise, just curious?
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Elliot what is your roof height after the raise, just curious?
I raised the roof something like 23 1/2 inches, so Millicent is around 12 feet now.
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Old 01-11-2009, 01:42 PM   #5
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Re: Ground to roof height of average bus PLEASE HELP!

Any trouble with bridges or places you cant go? Although my roof is under the legal limit I am starting to wonder if I have made my life hard raising it to 13' 1"? I guess parkade paring is out
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Old 01-11-2009, 06:25 PM   #6
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Like with most things in life, our best guidance is Common Sense.

I plan refueling at truck stops. We might be cruising down the highway and see a sign at a filling station where the price of diesel is ten cents cheaper than at the truck stop, but I still go to the truck stop.

If a friend gives me the address to his new house, I ask him to meet me at a nearby shopping center. Then, as we drive to the house in his car, I study the area to see if I can take Millicent in there later -- and get her out again.

If I see a suspiciously low telephone wire, I might turn on the four way flashers and sit there in my lane, no matter how long it takes, until I can cross over to the other lane where the wire is higher.

And I stay the #$%^&* out of Chicago. (Chicago is notorious for low clearance under the elevated subway trains -- as in the Blues Brothers movie.) Seriously, I read EVERY sign along the road, thousands and thousands of signs, looking for that ONE I need to know about.

Pay close attention to the sideways slope of the pavement -- the "road crown". The top of the bus may be a foot further to the right than the bottom is.

No trouble.
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Old 01-15-2009, 01:58 PM   #7
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Re: Ground to roof height of average bus PLEASE HELP!

I have the feeling that driving this unit down the road is going to take some skill development beyond the 5 minute "watch your swinging ass" lesson from the seller. Lots to pay attention to. Thanks for the heads up...ok bad joke...
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Yes, the tail overhang is a major hazard. Might be a good idea to set up some cones or flags in an empty lot and practicing.

The biggest tail overhang danger may be when leaving the refueling pumps. That's one thing I like about truck stops -- enough room to pull straight forward until clear of the pumps.

When in doubt, stop right there, set the brake, and get out and look. Doesn't matter if you block traffic. In a tight spot, I might get out five or ten times. And I'm no rookie -- I have a quarter century experience driving 18-wheelers. Come to think of it, it's a quarter century driving 18-wheelers that taught me to Get Out And Look.
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You guys are lucky..... try fueling a full-size gas-powered skoolie in your average filling station
Look for stations with an RV lane. Many newer stations have it, at least here on the west coast. In some areas, there is a sticker that says RV on the signs that announce filling stations at freeway off ramps.
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Lady Franklin, try this.

Get yourself some cb radio antenna and bolt them to your outside rear view mirrors. Adjust them till they are one inch taller then the highest part of your bus. Then when you slowly approach a low bridge you'll know if the antennas clear, your ok. Otherwise stop and back out.
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