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Old 02-29-2008, 06:00 PM   #11
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Re: How LOW can you go? Floor drop ideas

Kevin: I have welded lots of frames and it can be done, you just can't do it on late model heat treated frames. Too bad you don't have a rear engine pusher, then you could lower the floor in the middle where it would work better and make the wife happy. It's hard to lower the floor on the one you have because you need that all important driveshaft. I would think real hard about doing the rear, you will be dragging more than your tow hooks if you do lower it. Otherwise I would put in a heavy crossmember and move my frame rails to the perimiter and have a nifty sunken livingroom. Remember your roof can support a lot of weight if you tie into it correctly. sportyrick
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Old 02-29-2008, 06:32 PM   #12
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Re: How LOW can you go? Floor drop ideas




Note reverse beavertail and trailer hitch.

But, say, Kevin... Are you not supposed to be building a Real House???
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Old 02-29-2008, 09:19 PM   #13
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Re: How LOW can you go? Floor drop ideas

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But, say, Kevin... Are you not supposed to be building a Real House???
Well, yes - that is the plan. But since it is slow going while working and my wife still going to school for a little more than a year to go (have to earn it as I spend it, for the most part) it was my wife's idea that a "properly designed" space inside a bus would be perfectly acceptable for the next year or two - or possibly longer!

I already have a small shop to work in. I have a "bathroom building" with heat and plumbing and shower. I basically am a one family KOA out here on my 8 acres of hillside. We wintered adequately (although a bit cold - the bus is NOT insulated properly and it snows in the hills outside Spokane). So you can see why I am willing to do a bit more work for something not only comfortable, but aesthetically pleasing and also unique. Within a few miles of me, I know of several other folks who are living in skoolies full time. I will have to be creative to be "different".

We are leaning towards the bedroom in the very front, living room (and main entrance) in the back - kitchen in the middle. Got to be different!

p.s. I've been married for 25 years this summer - and no... my wife isn't going to remarry another bus nut if I have a mysterious "accident". Yes, she DOES have a sister - no, her sister likes regular houses. Sorry!
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Old 03-01-2008, 01:32 AM   #14
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All right Kevin, I've let you run with "your" idea for a while.

Now take a look at this, and note the date it was posted.
http://www.skoolie.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=1123

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Old 03-01-2008, 10:33 AM   #15
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you should do it.
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Old 03-01-2008, 06:42 PM   #16
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Re: How LOW can you go? Floor drop ideas

"my idea"? *grin*. Hey, I thought that imitation is simply a form of respect. Plagiarism, however, is also a good way to avoid making the same old mistakes (make new ones instead!). I was mainly thinking of only lowering the floor level in the BACK of the bus behind the rear axle. (Elliot's napkin drawing seems to capture the concept fairly well).

Of course - the more I keep looking at all the "options" the more I keep coming back to a boring, full length lift of around 12 to 18 inches. Still, if I never ask myself the questions - I'll never try and answer them.

What I've come up with is a reluctance to go REALLY tall in back to put in a loft bedroom OVER a sunken living room. I like the way my bus drives now, and if I run the roof in back up 4 feet and the floor down one foot it will change the balance more than I think will be acceptable.

However - this thread HAS given me a good feeling for having a sunken SHOWER! One of the issues of a shower along a side wall is headroom.... but thinking of a floor drop, and someone else's suggestion of a shower in the stairwell - why NOT rig up a spot between the outer wall and the inner frame rail that drops a foot or so - you step DOWN into the shower, you don't lose ground clearance (your shower bottom is even with the bottom of the skirting) and you would not even have to lift your roof at all to have a full height stand up shower.

The downside is that you will need a sump pump to push the grey water back UP into the holding tanks.
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Andy Burgess did this (sunken shower) on his bus, you can check it out starting here:
http://www.skoolie.net/gallery2/v/Sk...ower1.jpg.html
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