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Old 09-20-2006, 03:54 PM   #11
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photos of my rear porch....off of the bus and turned up-side-down. I believe that it is a total of 7 feet long. 5 feet of porch, and 2 feet of steel to bolt to the frame. I think it's really about 2 feet longer than it should be. The original plan was to put 4 feet of steel under the bus, but there was a bracket in the way.

on the idea of hinges, you could certianly make it strong enough, and easily removable using a pair of pintle hitches. I think Phill talked about tha before.



The rusty parts are what get bolted to the frame of the bus





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Old 09-23-2006, 06:00 PM   #12
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Thanks for the photo's. I'm a visual learner so it's nice to see somthing. I have seen hitches off porches before, and they were very serious. It looked as though the gauge of the centre I beams on the bus had been bolted and welded for the extension. If I do end up with perminant deck and a hitch built off it, it would need to be enough to tow 700 LBS tounge weight I think. That was the max on my now sold cargo trailer. That way I could tow a similar trailer, or a boat, or another vehicle on a dolly if need be. It's wired with a preditor brake controller that will handle up to 3 axles which is more than I would ever need.

Ps. the tent you took to BM, is that somthing you put together or was that somthing one of your riders brought down. Because that thing is awsome!

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Old 09-25-2006, 04:06 PM   #13
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OT, but that's ok...

I transported the dome, but it was actually built by some canadians a few years ago. It's about 600 pounds of 3/4" metal conduit/EMT each piece cut to about 3 feet, flattened on the end so it can easily be bolted together.

here is a photo of another burningman dome....if you google "geodedesic dome burningman" you can fine some really cool sites that have dome calculators that tell you how long to cut each piece to make a particular sized dome. The key is to use the 10 foot pieces of EMT as efficiently as possible ie: cut 2 pieces at 5' each so you don't have any scrap.

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Old 09-26-2006, 09:16 PM   #14
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Old 09-27-2006, 10:41 AM   #15
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I may be in left field here, but...

I have been looking at this same issue and after seeing the prices for electric and electro hydraulic motorcycle lifts, I started looking at folding lift gates. a lot of truck salvage yards have them for sale dirt cheap. there should be a way you could mount one either to the front or the rear bolting onto the frame through the bumper. You could even set it up with dual reciever tubes like a hitch reciever. I'm just throwing out ideas here. I have a lot more to finish up before I can get to that stage of the conversion but those were my thoughts.
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Old 10-02-2006, 10:24 AM   #16
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Make sure the truck lift gate is rated for the weight you want to lift...I plan on taking my full-dress '78 GL1000 with. I used to recover bikes for a bike shop with an F350 and liftgate, the lift gate would groan under the 'Wings, HD's and big Yammies.

I'm considering a drive-on channel/platform for my bike, it would parallel the rear of the Bus.
Drive the bike on and secure it; use hydraulics to lift the frame/bike combo. The linkages would be a form of parallelogram (hard to visualize).
Would need some serious power and one or two cylinders, but do-able.
And a couple locking pins to keep everything in place on the road.

Nice thing about this is it would allow pulling a trailer or Toad. Drawback is the Toad would need to be unhitched (removed from receiver) to let the bike down.
Hmmm....time to rethink the design.
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Old 01-19-2017, 05:35 PM   #17
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Hi,

Just wondered if anyone is still monitoring this thread from 06'.
Im really trying to come up with a way to use the lift in my current bus . It's GWVR is 14,050 , so it seems to be plentyfor a bike or two.

I guess I just need to put an extension on the lift that can be retracted after use. Also I'm thinking about just using the manual lever as to not burn out the motor.

Thanks for any new ideas!
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I've seen it done-using a flip down extension. And that lift is made to be used all day everyday-you ain't going add that many cycles to its overall count.
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Old 01-19-2017, 06:08 PM   #19
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Thanks for the info SD, do you happen to know of any references that may be online? I just don't want to forget about anything.
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Most wheelchair lifts in buses are rated at 800 lbs. Unless you are loading seriously dressed baggers with full bags most motorcycles will not overload the lift.

Using the manual pump rather than the electric pump isn't going to save anything. You are putting the same amount of pressure into the system whether or not you are using the electric or manual pump.

Most lift motors are 12-vdc starter motors and they are designed to work a lot of cycles before they are worn out.

I know of some lift equipped buses that were more than 20-years old when they were retired where a lot of the lift had been repaired--broken welds, worn out cables, etc. But I don't recall any that needed the pump motor replaced.
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