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Old 04-14-2015, 07:38 AM   #11
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School buses burn too.
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Old 04-14-2015, 08:32 AM   #12
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I can see it for about 2 seconds before all the pop ups block the story. but It does look like an engine fire. which is why you should keep SOME of the emergency exits. I would (am) keeping the ones at the rear of the bus; top hatch, windows and door, but the front ones are going away to make room for other things.
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School buses burn too.

Never implied they didn't, just that they are more controllable, and more predictable, than standard RVs. They almost always start in the engine bay, a blown tire won't catch a skoolie on fire. The walls won't add to the fire (depending on what the inner walls are remodels with) and the whole structure won't burn down/melt down around you. Skoolies are just built safer in every way, but that doesn't guarantee that disaster won't strike once in a while, it's just more survivable in a converted school bus.
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Old 04-14-2015, 08:46 AM   #15
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none of these pics are of converted buses. I'd imagine its even more crucial on converted buses due to the confined space and addition of lots of fuel and ignition sources.
not trying to argue here just showing folks why having emergency exits is prudent.
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Old 04-14-2015, 12:33 PM   #16
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With which part, that a bus made out of metal doesn't burn like one made out of wood and fiberglass, or that you should still keep some emergency exits?

The part about school buses burning. You are correct, school buses don't burn like a stick and staple RV. I just took it as you are safer in a school bus. I promise you will be just as dead. My fault for not correctly reading what you wrote. To many times I read comments that school buses are crash proof, waterproof, fireproof, meteorproof, bulletproof, bombproof etc. It seems that some have a false sense of security.

I also cringe when I see pictures of emergency exits disabled.
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Never implied they didn't, just that they are more controllable, and more predictable, than standard RVs. They almost always start in the engine bay, a blown tire won't catch a skoolie on fire. The walls won't add to the fire (depending on what the inner walls are remodels with) and the whole structure won't burn down/melt down around you. Skoolies are just built safer in every way, but that doesn't guarantee that disaster won't strike once in a while, it's just more survivable in a converted school bus.

I assume most that die in a fire do so from the pretty black stuff rolling out of the windows. From the videos I have seen, it takes a while before the bus if fully engulfed.
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as a note, i just replaced all my brake calipers. the rears were so frozen, you couldnt rotate the rear wheels. if i had tried to travel far, the heat would have caused grease seals to leak and gear oil to catch fire, then the tires. it would have been nearly impossible to use the rear exit for the smoke from the oil fire by the time one would have noticed it and got stopped.
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Skoolies don't burn like stick and staple RVs. Not to say you shouldn't have the emergency exits, just that you are less likely to need them with a skoolie.
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Like EastCoast CB said, plenty of things inside to start or spread fire, such as polyurethane foam in seat cushions and wood in cabinets.

I'm keeping my emerg. exit. It will end up in the bedroom between the twin beds. My gf and I can get out faster that way in case of a rude awakening.
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I especially like the emergency windows because they can be propped fully open instead of just half open like the regular windows. Only downside is that they aren't double paned like the regular slides.

Oh, and I guess there's the benefit of being able to squeeze through them to escape the flaming inferno
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