Originally Posted by joeblack5
regarding co pilot safety. Does your bus still has the passenger airbag installed? Mine has not. I was wondering if I could re-purpose that for extra storage.
Your thread and question caused me to kinda revisit this issue in a spare moment.
Unless you are going to mount your co-drivers chair closer to the dash ... an airbag up there is almost as useless as that grab handle.
I had a chance to take all that dashboard stuff down when I found that a rodent ate the vacuum lines that control the various door for the heat and ventilation.
When these buses were thought out (2000 or so) the design called for mega a/c and heater systems to keep the little guys in the back warm or cool depending on the need. The designers went back to old vacuum operated doors and ducting. The benefit: this stuff is much smaller and less complicated then the computer controlled systems.
As the photo below illustrates, from just opposite the driver's boney old right knee, running over top of the dog-house for the engine then all the way over to that big side window there is a LOT of wasted space. I've decided that I am not going to put GM's plastic center storage panel back over the dog-house to make it easier for this old guy to rotate to the right and out of the driver's seat into the living area without having to take a LOT more yoga classes. There is a lot of stuff (Dynomat) that does not take up much room on the market that will insulate and sound-deaden the dog-house.
I do not want to loose nor block that “passing window”, and I don't want to build anything that will stick out beyond the back of the doghouse.
Electronics would fit nicely in that spot, so would a couple fire extinguishers, warning triangles, and other items you would need to give help in an emergency. Just remember not to mount anything that will make the removal of the dog-house much more difficult.
One way or the other, there is just too much useable space there to just let go to the rodents.