Making floorspace for the foot weary.
When you only got about 70 square foots for yer feets … every inch counts. It helps out a lot if you can actually MAKE some of them square foots, maybe about 5 of them.
Below you will find a photo of a hunk of diamond plate welded to some 1 in. angle iron and painted OD. If in 1969 you couldn't get a college deferment or afford the trip to Canada, you might recognize this assemblage as the buddy seat back from the cab of a M35a2 Deuce and a Half. I had an extra one left over from the build of my other RV. Rugged and tough, this fold down seat back formed the platform for a G.I. to stand on when the Deuce was equipped with a machine gun ring.
Just remember that WAR is not good for flowers and other living things.
… anyoldways... a quick eyeballin' showed that with some creative trimming, it would fit as a removable deck over the stair-well opening in front of the co-drivers chair. When underway it will serve as a place for my loving and adoring wife to put her footers. It will be supported by angle iron and held in place with quick release pins. I have a place to stow it outta the way when the stair well needs to be open BUT the doors will still be operational and accessable for emergency exit.
Less than one hours work, it even has the additional benefit that, when in place, it makes the bus look a bit bigger.
Like we said back when Playboy Magazine was still considered dirty, sometimes an illusion is all you need.
Oh yeah … I included the cutting tools I am using on this build. Equipped with a proper metal cutting blade, that sabre saw has enough grunt to cut 16 gauge mild steel and aluminium sheet.
Of course, the height of this deck will be flush with the (Home Depot, Cheap) flooring we've chosen to put down.
In the photo above, the junk yard comfy chair is setting on a surplus ammo can. I'm considering beefing it up to use as both a comfy chair mount AND permanently affixed, locking tool & road emergency chest. If I paint it to match everything else, I don't think anyone would recognize it as having carried weapons of war.
But ... as the undertaker said ... remains to be seen!