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Old 03-18-2015, 07:25 PM   #11
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How much floor to ceiling room is in a crown ?
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Old 03-18-2015, 07:49 PM   #12
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As far as I'm concerned what is best is as individual a neurons that compile the imagining and desire that leads anyone to this path.

For me my desires are pretty simple: A place to retreat to unfettered and uncluttered form the elements: And a vehicle with a drive drain to perform one simple function: get me from point A to point B as expeditiously and comfortably as possible with a touch of economy and safety as well as reliability.

My first buses were school buses. My first Highway Coach was a Western Flyer. From there I never I knew that ultimately that would be the end game for me.............Highway Coaches: Heavy Duty Engines and highway geared rear axles: Quiet efficient cruising. Pushers, Forward Control............and mid engined. Well the midengined became the Choice.

I am not a size Freak: I would prefer 30FT with basement space and have settled for 35. I lean toward the Crown because it is a proven vehicle that performs quite admirably at highways speeds and also provides the ground clearance that is the wonderful aspect of a school bus. One is not so limited as to where you can and cannot go. As reflected where I am parked in some of the photos that began this thread. As well i don't have to get them up off the ground to diagnose any issue that arises. I can slide right on beneath.

I'm a fool for performance. Part of what gets me off is not solely where these machines can take me; But the sheer enjoyment I get from the drive itself. I love sitting at the helm of these machines that's fun for me. The dynamo Hum of a giant in line below the floor boards.

If you want a mansion on wheels no School bus is the perfect fit. Not even the Crown. Mansions are relegated to the MCI, Prevost, Eagle genre.

Crown gets it done for me: I can have and the space allows for all I require.
I also have always liked the MCI, the look, the quality, the stainless and of course they are Highway buses with basement Space with an established reputation for durability. But a 40 ft. Behemoth with a Tag Axle and tremendous basement space is not going to be the most nimble of creatures, and again you are dealing with a very restricted clearance problem. They ride quite low to the grand, and their length will steal pleasure, at least for me, and curb my desire to see a road and take it with out to much thought as to "will I be able to turn around anywhere down there".............that can be experienced with a shorter bus as well............

But I do own a MC 5 (c) and 80 at 35 feet. Two axle. With ample basement space. I don't have time under my belt in this Coach. That will come in May.
I bought this one because it was 1 of two made that came from the factory with the Detroit 6V92.......I've avoided the 8V71 because of its atrocious fuel economy and i avoided the 6V71 as it was considered a dog of an engine........so I'm very patient as to what I gather for myself. If I see a nice bus that I understand the workings of I'll buy it because I can make a little money and pass a good solid bus along to someone else. But all my trading has been aimed at one day having one, maybe two Coaches, that speak to me. That fulfill what my neurons have executed in the imagery of my thinking: That's not the game. But the practice. The game is unfettered time and the substance to enjoy them 24/7: With a new address at the turn of the key..............My story.
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Old 03-18-2015, 07:58 PM   #13
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Floor to center height does differ...............The Modern Crown LOL..........say from 68 forward as a guess..................78 inches.........I'm 6.3 I walk through without having to bend down or hunch over..............
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Old 03-19-2015, 10:18 PM   #14
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Hey-hi,

Do Crown's mostly come with back door emergency exit's?

Our plans involve a roof lift. I prefer not, but in order to offer the girls a space for their needs, and a family craft/office room...
I have not come up, yet, with anything else, design wise. If a roof lift is necessary, I may not wish a Crown.

Thanks for explaining the reasons why you like a Crown, it gives me a little perspective.

Anndru & Chuck
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Old 03-19-2015, 10:44 PM   #15
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For a roof raise on a Crown take a look here:
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f11/se...illi-8798.html
He is doing great work with his Crown!
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Old 03-19-2015, 11:28 PM   #16
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Also there are two emergency exits on a Crown. One Driver side rear a couple windows forward. The exit at the rear is a bath that merely lifts those two rear windows up. Below that is one huge expansive trunk. Which serves two Purposes Obviously storage but as well it provides a crumple zone for safety. Also part of the Crown Legend. They superceded NTSB requirements BEFORE there was a National transportation Safety Board.
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Old 03-28-2015, 06:19 AM   #17
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Hey-hi,

Thanks Malkieri for the link! He is doing a good job from what I saw and read. It's a bit of a piece to follow so haven't run into comments and pic's of how the front was put back together yet. It will be neat, I'm sure!

I've got lots of ideas forming and coming quickly into perspective. I like the pull-out pantries and pull-out lower cabinet ideas. Space savers and awesome storage/organization if planned and put together correctly.

I realized that I really want to raise the roof due to the fact I'd like to create a layered bunk/teeny-tiny room for each girl. I can see it in my mind, and it looks great! Reality is to be flexible and comprise--eh!??

Mokibrabrant,

Thanks for the info. It sounds like a Crown is best worked with as it is so that its quality and built-in safety isn't compromised. Or, since we have time, we could study like crazy and become pretty solid with our plans...

Hum?? If one truly insists on raising the roof, does anyone have a bus suggestion that may be a better consideration? Chuck definitely wants a cab-over.

Would anyone out there raise their roof no higher than two feet? Are overpasses, concerning the states, commonly set at 13'.9"?

Would anyone ever consider cutting the roof out and creating a raise that way? I guess if one was interested in that approach, one may find it done more efficiently through a body shop...

Hum; food-for-thought...

Anndru & Chuch
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Old 03-28-2015, 10:13 AM   #18
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Would anyone out there raise their roof no higher than two feet? Are overpasses, concerning the states, commonly set at 13'.9"?

Would anyone ever consider cutting the roof out and creating a raise that way? I guess if one was interested in that approach, one may find it done more efficiently through a body shop...
Anndru & Chuch
Most buses with a 2 ft roof raise end up around 11' 6 inches tall.

I'm raising my entire coachwork another foot to gain basement storage. My bus will be at 12' 6 inches tall.

Anything under 13 feet should be safe as long as you watch for low bridges.

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Moki, any more travel pics? Fun to see. Jack
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Old 04-02-2015, 02:43 PM   #20
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Jack.............that's what it's all about isn't it.............all this talking doesn't get it done: I have lots of travel Pics but my next "trip" won't be until end of May..........and will begin with flying into Vegas picking up the HP and heading to buses Gone Wild in Phelan CA...........then to the Coast and Cruise to Oregon.....I'll post some shots not seen before and you can always go to my FB page and CROWNING AROUND ............MOKI.
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