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Old 06-20-2016, 09:30 PM   #1
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Ramp Door for back of bus

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(for reference my wife's just over 5 foot) With the lowered chassis in the back, and air suspension I've got the bus pretty much walk in level. When driving it sits as high as a normal bus would. Yes, there's an insulated wall where the chassis isn't lowered.

I want to replace the swing doors I have already sadly, and upgrade to a ramp door like a toy hauler/enclosed trailers has. I've got a Honda CBR, and a few atvs that I want to keep back there on 4 month trip.

Anyone seen a skoolie with a ramp door? Or any suggestions?
The dimensions are larger than just finding a junk trailer with a ramp.
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Old 06-20-2016, 09:33 PM   #2
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Old 06-20-2016, 09:36 PM   #3
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Old 06-21-2016, 10:39 AM   #4
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Any consideration of a modded liftgate? I've seen and purchased a few very affordable liftgates on ironplanet. On the ramps, there are definitely a few out there, but some get pretty "hillbilly" if you know what I mean. I'd search "Skoolie car hauler" or "skoolie toy hauler" on google, then click image and scroll the images. When you find what looks good click it and see what kind of website/forum link it brings you to for info.
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Old 06-21-2016, 10:51 AM   #5
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Here's the unfinished space, I have 1/2 inch rubber matting I'll put on the floors.
I used batting insulation and sound deadening boards to insulate the wall. I made a metal stud wall and reinforced with some 2x2s. The storage area of the bus sits about 2 feet lower than the interior chassis.

neither pole is non structural, and just the one on the left is needed for the swing doors. The other my pops put in for horse stall dividers.
I plan on removing both for a ramp door like this



My storage area will serve as a place to put my Honda CBR600, two mountain bikes, propane grill, fishing stuff, random gear, sometimes family ATVs or maybe this old Gio car I've got laying around.
I seperated the Rooftop AC from my main breaker and solar setup, and ran a 30amp receptactle box to this area. Going down the road I'll run my gen here for AC, with windows down plenty of ventilation.

Anyone have experience in ramp doors? Either I can find one the right dimensions or I'll just buy the springs and get a learning experience from my pops in some metal works.
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Old 06-21-2016, 05:04 PM   #6
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http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f11/th...gate-1564.html
Check out what Elliot Naess did. I believe it is just what you want and he did a real nice job on it. I think the tailgate part starts on page 13. Enjoy!
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Old 06-21-2016, 06:46 PM   #7
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Check out what Elliot Naess did. I believe it is just what you want and he did a real nice job on it. I think the tailgate part starts on page 13. Enjoy!
That's exactly that! Might be a bit out of my skill range but i'm always game to give anything a try
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