View Poll Results: I'm 6' tall. Too tall for comfort in a skoolie?
No. 6' isn't a big deal. You'll be totally comfortable. 3 30.00%
Yes. You won't have enough headroom. You'll be hunched over all the time. 2 20.00%
Maybe. It all depends on the bus model & design. (If so, suggestions please!) 5 50.00%
Forget it! Walk away now for you get in too deep. 0 0%
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Old 10-19-2016, 05:37 PM   #1
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Newbie w/ lots of questions...#1: Interior Height?

Hello. I’m BRAND NEW to the skoolie concept. I have been considering a tiny house for a while. A friend just suggested that I look at a skoolie instead. I LOVE the idea but I have a million questions before I get started. So here’s my first question…Interior Height? I’m 6-feet tall. Will a skoolie have enough interior headroom for me? (Someone told me that skoolies are only 72” high inside. I don’t want to have to stoop over whenever I move around.)

Any & all feedback will be greatly appreciated!
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Old 10-19-2016, 06:58 PM   #2
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You need a Thomas 6.5ft or the amtram genesis. mine 78"
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Old 10-19-2016, 07:14 PM   #3
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Smile Thanks Jeff. I appreciate your feedback.

Thanks Jeff. I appreciate that info. I've never heard of a Thomas or an Amtram - (seriously, I just started this process 3 days ago) - but I'll research those. They both sound like great options.

I don't really think of 6' as all THAT tall. Surely there's a bus out there that will work for me. Thanks again!
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Old 10-19-2016, 07:48 PM   #4
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I have a Blue Bird, the interior space is fine for me and I am 6 foot tall. I haven't measured it, but I think it is about 76-78in in the center.
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Old 10-19-2016, 08:21 PM   #5
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I believe the 72' mark is bare metal floor to bare metal roof. I am 6'4" and I was a solid two + inches taller than the interior of my bus. So, I did the researched and prepared and did a lift 16" of the roof. Now, I can walk the length of my bus with my arms extended over my head and not touch the ceiling.

I considered losing two inches on the floor for insulation.
Two inches off the top for insulation.
1/2" plywood and more for flooring itself.
Tongue and Groove thickness, whatever you pick for roof and flooring will reduce interior height.
So, I had to do a lift and from what I read more people wish they would have lifted the roof.

Now, I don't have to trim and shape cabinets to fit the curved ceiling.
I don't have to cut down shower walls. I don't have to struggle with contouring anything to fit.

My suggestion is keeping a long term vision of the project while, focusing on the small details one by one. They snowball quickly and one small detail change will effect the long term plan. Plus, speaking from my bus. Schedule triple time, a one day project will take three. A one week project will turn into a month. Don't rush, do your best and read everything you can on this site. The people here are wonderful, supportive and smart.

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Old 10-19-2016, 08:51 PM   #6
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Thanks, Oldmopars. I appreciate your suggestion about the Blue Bird. I'll check that out.
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Old 10-19-2016, 08:58 PM   #7
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New2Skool...Thanks for the feedback & the details. I really appreciate your suggestions. I like the idea of raising the roof. That makes a lot of sense to me. But it sounds like it would be expensive. Plus I wouldn't even know how to go about that. How did you do it? It really does sound like a great solution.
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Old 10-20-2016, 07:59 AM   #8
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As mentioned, there are two standards, 72" and 78", metal to metal. You can determine the ceiling height from photographs by looking at the passenger windows. Width to height ratio will be closer to square on a bus that has 78" clearance.
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Old 10-20-2016, 08:12 AM   #9
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As mentioned, there are two standards, 72" and 78", metal to metal. You can determine the ceiling height from photographs by looking at the passenger windows. Width to height ratio will be closer to square on a bus that has 78" clearance.

THIS!.

look for a "tall window" bus vs a "short window" bus.. if you are out and about in your city look at the school busses as they go by.. you can see some which have short windows (wider than tall).. and others have as mentioned taller windows that look more square...

the taller window busses are usually 78". (I think wayne was an exception but not many waynes around anymore)...

some brands of busses were made in short and tall.. so dont go on whether it was a thomas or bluebird, etc.. manufacturers offered them in the 2 different heights...

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Old 10-20-2016, 09:55 AM   #10
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THIS!.

look for a "tall window" bus vs a "short window" bus.. if you are out and about in your city look at the school busses as they go by.. you can see some which have short windows (wider than tall).. and others have as mentioned taller windows that look more square...

the taller window busses are usually 78". (I think wayne was an exception but not many waynes around anymore)...

some brands of busses were made in short and tall.. so dont go on whether it was a thomas or bluebird, etc.. manufacturers offered them in the 2 different heights...

-Christopher
Thanks Chris! That's great advice, and it never would have occurred to me. I'll start taking a better look at buses while I'm driving around town. Thanks again!
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