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Old 12-29-2007, 12:49 AM   #1
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moving stairwell outside?

Hi:

Has anyone here considered putting the door at floor level and having steps fold or extend outside? This would reclaim the interior floor space now spent on the stairwell. Any comments or suggestions?

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Old 12-29-2007, 03:17 PM   #2
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Re: moving stairwell outside?

The stairwell is the only place in the bus that I have found any corrosion and I was planning to move the door back to the middle of the side. I'm currently planning to build a smaller stairwell (since the door will open outward rather than folding inward). But if I could have that floorspace back it would help tremendously as I am fitting quarters for 2 adults and 5 kids.

I've seen some coach conversions with steps that extend outside. We are staying this week in my parent's 28' RV trailer and it has steps that fold out below the door. But with the trailer, you'd always be entering first from the outside (rather than riding inside the trailer) and it's easier to do manually than from a bus.

Any reasons I am missing to leave it inside? (I am not nostalgic for the stairwell ).
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Old 12-29-2007, 05:28 PM   #3
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Re: moving stairwell outside?

Build a door that folds down like a business jet. The door doubles as a staircase. If you use my idea, you owe me a fat rib-eye steak.
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Old 12-31-2007, 01:32 AM   #4
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Re: moving stairwell outside?

man...the ideas..as I was scrolling down I thought of the same thing...the plane doors/steps...

funny I hadn't given much thought to my stairs outside of reducing the height between them for the wife (make her life a bit easier)
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Old 01-01-2008, 12:16 AM   #5
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http://www.hijacker.com/pages/campersteps/index.htm Not being too computer proficient, I'm not sure I did the link right, but something like this might work.
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Old 01-01-2008, 02:31 AM   #6
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Re: moving stairwell outside?

Thanks for the links. Those look kinda like those I had found in this pair of photos from a 1987 Gillig coach:



Just found more...

Looks like Camping World has them for $400!. I wonder if any salvage yards would have something like that.
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Old 01-01-2008, 10:28 PM   #7
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I think RV Surplus Salvage has them much cheaper. Let's do the link thing again. http://www.rvsurplussalvage.com/catalog ... ory_id=107
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Build a door that folds down like a business jet. The door doubles as a staircase. If you use my idea, you owe me a fat rib-eye steak.
I like this idea. It could still be a bi-fold door only horizontal instead of vertical. A single drop down door is going to stick out 37 feet from the side of the bus. And you're likely to drop it on your head at least once. There's generally more room up than down. Split the door 2:1 or even 1:1.

Where are the pics? Someone must have tried this .
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