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Old 06-08-2017, 03:49 PM   #1
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Passenger seat

We are new to this site. We are converting a 1993 Blue Bird cabover school bus. We are curious as to how others have dealt with the issue of the passenger seat because of the entrance into the bus. I would like to set parallel to my husband. If you have and ideas or suggestions, we would appreciate hearing your story. Bill and Maxine
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Old 06-08-2017, 04:36 PM   #2
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We put a seat as close as we could. Its a conversion van seat that spins so its great for talking to passengers too. Still easy to walk in too.

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Old 06-08-2017, 07:59 PM   #3
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It's crazy, but you could always put a bus seat up there and then u can sit together real close = )
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the engine cover is there,
thanks
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Old 06-08-2017, 08:11 PM   #5
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I'm going to copy what Wanderlodge did. Put a door over the stairwell and allow that to be where the feet for the passinger seat goes. http://www.merlowre.com/images/95bb04.jpg

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Old 06-08-2017, 08:44 PM   #6
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my passenger seat is mounted with a extended slide, moves almost parallel with the drivers seat, I have wheel well cover as well. pics are in build
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Old 06-09-2017, 08:28 AM   #7
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I'm going to copy what Wanderlodge did. Put a door over the stairwell and allow that to be where the feet for the passenger seat goes. http://www.merlowre.com/images/95bb04.jpg
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my passenger seat is mounted with a extended slide, moves almost parallel with the drivers seat, I have wheel well cover as well. pics are in build
Hmm, I do NOT like the idea of a cantilevered seat. Torque during a wreck ... no beuno. A few people have a false floor cover for the stairs. I'm thinking do the false floor with something heavy like 3/8" plate. Pin lock it in 2 or 3 places so it can't go anywhere and then use regular floor tracks (hinged or gaped) bolted to the plate for the seat to slide out on. Frame the whole thing in 1" square tube under the plate, some diagonals for cross bracing, etc. Could even use 2 sets of seat rails to get the seat completely out of the way to fold the false floor backwards and flat when not in use.

Hmm, I'm going to have to give this some thought. Take some measurements, mock something up. I could even pull a seat out of the Dakota for shits and giggles.
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Old 06-09-2017, 09:17 AM   #8
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Yup, false floor over the stairwell, hinged at the front of the bus so the "door" opens towards the windshield. In the Wanderlodge they use a air cyclinder to lift the door, or just do it by hand. I'm thinking of moving the current door air cyclinder there.

The seat is mounted firmly to the bus.

For me, that was one of the great ideas I got from Wanderlodge.

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Yup, false floor over the stairwell, hinged at the front of the bus so the "door" opens towards the windshield. In the Wanderlodge they use a air cyclinder to lift the door, or just do it by hand. I'm thinking of moving the current door air cyclinder there.

The seat is mounted firmly to the bus.

For me, that was one of the great ideas I got from Wanderlodge.
I think I'd hing it the opposite way so as I don't catch an edge/corner while hauling groceries or my butt in/out of the bus. An air cylinder would be nice but would need a safety interlock else stuff is going to break or be an ejection seat. Wait a minute, ... hmmm. I told you not to get so mouthy!!
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Old 06-09-2017, 01:13 PM   #10
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I was thinking of doing the same, with a false floor over the stairwell, and a passenger seat that folds up for storage out of the way, mounted to the wall by the stairwell. Alternatively, I was considering pulling the back bench seat from my minivan, and using that as my driver/passenger seat. Not which would work better, something to be figured out when I have an actual bus!
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