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Old 01-29-2018, 11:20 PM   #1
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Medium size bus designs

So I'll start with what I think I want. I'm looking for a 9-10 window bus, high headroom. What I want in the bus - back row will be a small garage so a fe bus, then queen sized bed (possibly smaller, but not by much), a shower and a composting toilet on opposite sides of bus, kitchen with an oven/stove, sink with counter space on each side of sink,and fridge with a collapsible table on opposite wall so its more open when not eating, doubles as workspace. Then at the front an L style couch on one side that pulls out to the bed and tv opposite on wall mount.

The plan is to be full timing for awhile, and running solar with option for grid tied. My main question is do y all think I'm looking for the right size bus? It'll be just me and a dog but I want enough space to not feel like I'm in 1 room. Also, is there an easy way to tell if a bus I'm looking at is the high headroom model? I'm 6'3" and am trying to talk myself out of a roof raise.

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So I'll start with what I think I want. I'm looking for a 9-10 window bus, high headroom. What I want in the bus - back row will be a small garage so a fe bus, then queen sized bed (possibly smaller, but not by much), a shower and a composting toilet on opposite sides of bus, kitchen with an oven/stove, sink with counter space on each side of sink,and fridge with a collapsible table on opposite wall so its more open when not eating, doubles as workspace. Then at the front an L style couch on one side that pulls out to the bed and tv opposite on wall mount.

The plan is to be full timing for awhile, and running solar with option for grid tied. My main question is do y all think I'm looking for the right size bus? It'll be just me and a dog but I want enough space to not feel like I'm in 1 room. Also, is there an easy way to tell if a bus I'm looking at is the high headroom model? I'm 6'3" and am trying to talk myself out of a roof raise.

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The roof is your sticking point...just ain't many buses with extended roofs

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Old 01-30-2018, 12:55 AM   #3
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The roof is your sticking point...just ain't many buses with extended roofs

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Look for transit buses...they all have lots of headroom

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That sounds kind of like what I made, except for the bathroom and plumbing and stuff. Consider mine a 9 window FE with a garage in the back for a motorcycle loaded through the chair lift. It's simple by intention. Meant to be relatively clean looking without smelling like money, so I gave up on the idea of the alloy bus wheels. Trying to look clean enough to get past the leo and still not look like a financial target.
I've divided mine into three sections, like an orange and black catapillar. The center section is the warmest and darkest during the winter. You can have a view or you can be warm.

I never really came up with a floorplan. I move things around now and then. As I've worked on one end or the other I've always had to shuffle my things to the opposite end. Ate a bit of insulation during that phase.

This is a nice size for one person, but my available storage space would change dramatically with the addition of a bathroom. To me having those permanent structures in here would make me feel closed in. On the other hand a shower and a throne would be convenient at times.

I'll be interested in seeing what you come up with.
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What are the main differences between school bus versus transit? Haven't looked at them much because I heard they involved more work and most I've seen have a lot of mileage. Like a lot.

I'm gonna try and sketch out a rough floor plan today
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What are the main differences between school bus versus transit? Haven't looked at them much because I heard they involved more work and most I've seen have a lot of mileage. Like a lot.

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School bus is simpler. Also is MUCH more capable on dirt roads and back roads.
I couldn't get a transit bus into the driveway where I keep my buses.
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School bus is simpler. Also is MUCH more capable on dirt roads and back roads.
I couldn't get a transit bus into the driveway where I keep my buses.
That right there makes me think no to a transit. Sounds like it wouldn't even make it to the land I'll be using to store it while building. New Mexico dirt roads going to 20 acres in middle of nowhere
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That right there makes me think no to a transit. Sounds like it wouldn't even make it to the land I'll be using to store it while building. New Mexico dirt roads going to 20 acres in middle of nowhere
If its flat dirt or clay roads you'd be fine. I've got sugar sand and lots of ruts to drive up through.
Ground clearance is the only real negative I can think of with the transits. I like school buses because of how basic and utilitarian they are. Transit buses are designed to operate in urban, paved environments. School buses are designed for a variety of roads and surfaces. That said there are "lowrider" school buses with limited ground clearance. But most school buses have plenty of ground clearance and with open shoulder rear tires will get to anywhere you'd reasonably want to go.
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What are the main differences between school bus versus transit? Haven't looked at them much because I heard they involved more work and most I've seen have a lot of mileage. Like a lot.

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Transit buses have high ceilings...that's their biggest advantage...the windows are huge...they have no underbelly to speak of...I flip flop b/t transit and school...when I get there money will be what drives my decision

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