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Old 06-30-2008, 11:02 PM   #1
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Re: Ok, here's an idea for the floorplan/layout I'm thinking of

That works for me. Your bus is very similar in size to mine. I would recommend mocking everything up with cardboard, wood, whatever and seeing how it works. My only concern with your design is going to be the width, especially in the area between your bunks and shower area. I have bunks side-by-side basically in the same area as you have yours and the walkway between them is very narrow. I'm a big guy and I fit just fine, but just barely. Getting to the bottom bunks can be difficult if you have anything in your hands. It was a sacrifice I was willing to make for the added bed space. Having twin size mattresses on both sides was a must.

Also, add storage wherever possible. You can never have too much storage. My bus was designed for 5-6 people to live in for 4-5 days and becomes INCREDIBLY cramped in that period of time. I have actually given up my shower and bathroom space in order to add more storage space and an A/V room. Again, it was a sacrifice I was willing to make, but also one that could have been avoided with a little more planning. It's not that it doesn't work the way it is, but it is a lot of work. My mattress gets moved on top of a bunk (I have a personal rear bedroom) and my bed gets flipped up to create storage space in the rear for a grill, generator, etc. I need to add underbody storage.

One other area to look at is your food prep space. I don't have much of any. Most of my cooking takes place outside (it's amazing what you can grill...) but I do use the stove on occasion and wish every time that I had more space.
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:42 PM   #2
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Seems to me putting a shower/tub over the wheel well could present a few problems. A good space saving idea is to eliminate the tub and just use a shower stall...
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My first thought was "Let's see if I can come up with some tip from my own experience that would be useful to this guy".

But then I realized that I don't know anything about how you are going to use this bus. So THAT becomes my tip: Carefully analyze your needs, and build what will suit YOU, and those traveling with you.

That said, some things are of course universal. Big beds so you can sleep well even if there are other uncomfortable elements, such as parking on a slope. I find that I really hate hanging onto the inner edge of the bunk with my teeth all night for fear of rolling out of it.

Wide aisle -- IF you are going to have other people in there. I find us often bumping into each other when moving around.

Of course, the above two items do not play well together -- unless you put the bunks and bathroom on one side and offset the aisle -- maybe even all the way to the wall, like railroad sleeper cars. I'm actually surprised that we don't see more of that approach on this site, since this arrangement slices up the available space into cramped cubbyholes the least.

I'm a bit worried about the slide-out bed up front, as it would block access to the rest of the bus for anyone who needs to get further back, after that front bed has been readied for sleep.

Storage YES! I find we ought to have dedicated storage spaces for each person. Good organization is vital for several people to function in such a cramped space.

It appears you do not intend to have a forward-facing navigator seat, and this I agree with. I find that passengers generally prefer to ride at the dinette -- often sideways. I'm even considering removing my navigator seat.

But foremost, I repeat, I recommend you analyze the use this bus will see, how many people, what kind of people (a baby?) and tailor the interior to that, more than anything else.
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Re: Ok, here's an idea for the floorplan/layout I'm thinking of

Nice reply Elliot. I will only echo that we need to know more about how and by whom it's going to be used. Full-timing has different requirements than camping, tailgating, etc.
Oh, also agree 100% with the importance of having wide aisles in your bus. Mine has 36" at the narrowest and it's a huge help psychologically . Lots of windows and light-colored wood and/or paint are a plus too.

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Why, yes... several thoughts!

And the first that pops up is one word: "Jail". Doesn't all this surveillance result in any arrests? (Or do you live in some sort of Grand Central Station for thugs? ) Comedic value, indeed!

Big Yellow Eyesore? Slap a coat of moss green house paint on it -- or whatever color would blend in there. Don't even wash it first -- just "hide" it without delay. Ought to help.

Might want to letter "SECURITY" on it, neatly.

""...who is going to buy a 20-year-old 35-foot bus with no seats... ...with only 51,000 miles on it."" Well, admittedly, now I'm stumped.

There we have it! One man, full timing. Pretty much the opposite of what I do, but some of "us" will have some relevant thoughts, I'm sure.
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Old 07-02-2008, 03:44 PM   #6
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Re: Ok, here's an idea for the floorplan/layout I'm thinking of

Great story I like your way of thinking, similar to mine.

Perhaps we should start a thread with stories like this.
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it is exempt from personal property tax in Virginia, being over 10 years old
HUH?

I still get a personal property tax bill on my Jeep every year, and it's 14 years old... I haven't registered the bus yet but I'm sure they will send a bill out on that too...
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it is exempt from personal property tax in Virginia, being over 10 years old
HUH?

I still get a personal property tax bill on my Jeep every year, and it's 14 years old... I haven't registered the bus yet but I'm sure they will send a bill out on that too...
Yup, I had to pay my county tax and get my county sticker on my 23 yr old bus when I bought it. And my old 1982 Chevy C30 also has tax due each year.

They really like nailing you with those taxes.

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Steve has a pretty good setup with a door dividing about half of the bus. I have only seen one photo but it seems that the back half of the bus, sleeping and bath areas (maybe?) are divided off from the galley and living areas.
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