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Old 03-05-2019, 01:06 PM   #1
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haven't found THE bus I want yet, but

haven't found THE bus I want yet, but thought I could do a bit of advance planning of space needed to make my camper/toy hauler - I have decided that a dog nose, gas powered automatic bus will fit my needs best - what I'd like to find out next is how far is it from the front bumper to behind the drivers seat? - should be a simple matter of adding and subtracting from that point to know what length of bus I need

how far is it from the front bumper to behind the drivers seat on a dog nose bus?
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Old 03-05-2019, 03:52 PM   #2
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It depends on the manufacturer. There is no set dimension.
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Old 03-05-2019, 06:08 PM   #3
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thanks - is there an approximate dimension - something within a few inches?
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how far is it from the front bumper to behind the drivers seat on a dog nose bus?
Mine's a shade under 9 ft. from front bumper to back of driver's seat.

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Old 03-05-2019, 08:48 PM   #5
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Mine's a shade under 9 ft. from front bumper to back of driver's seat.

Have patience.....you'll find what you want eventually. Took me 18 months.
thanks - if I wasn't so broke at the moment, I might not be as patient - lol
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Old 03-05-2019, 09:30 PM   #6
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If you are broke at the moment and wanting to do a skoolie, then you will see how far broke a person can go.

My bus is a mid-sized 7 window dog nose bus which is 28' bumper to bumper. Behind the driver seat to rear door I got about 20 foot by 7.5 foot wide.
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Old 03-05-2019, 09:40 PM   #7
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If you are broke at the moment and wanting to do a skoolie, then you will see how far broke a person can go.

My bus is a mid-sized 7 window dog nose bus which is 28' bumper to bumper. Behind the driver seat to rear door I got about 20 foot by 7.5 foot wide.
oh- I know what broke is, I have sled dogs - when asked how much does it cost to have sleddogs, the answer is 'everything you've got' - lol - I wouldn't even consider 'adopting' a skoolie if it wasn't for the fact that I have enough stoves, sinks, toilets, furnaces, etc, on hand to likely convert a couple of them - one winter of saving motel bills and restaurant costs for 4 people should about pay for the conversion thanks for the measurements
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Old 03-05-2019, 09:46 PM   #8
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If you are broke at the moment and wanting to do a skoolie, then you will see how far broke a person can go.

My bus is a mid-sized 7 window dog nose bus which is 28' bumper to bumper. Behind the driver seat to rear door I got about 20 foot by 7.5 foot wide.
easy peezy, with your measurements, that tells me l need a 36' bus to have a 12' garage, and 20' of camper space - simple matter of stacking beds - lol
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easy peezy, with your measurements, that tells me l need a 36' bus to have a 12' garage, and 20' of camper space - simple matter of stacking beds - lol
If your bus is 36'OA, and you have a 12' garage, and 8-9' from the drivers seat, you'll only have 14' of camper space. Bunks take up at least 6', leaving 8' for everything else.
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Old 03-05-2019, 11:33 PM   #10
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If your bus is 36'OA, and you have a 12' garage, and 8-9' from the drivers seat, you'll only have 14' of camper space. Bunks take up at least 6', leaving 8' for everything else.
typo on my part - 12 + 8 = 20, leaving 16' +/- I can make that work - my 24' C class motor home was sufficient and I doubt it had much more than 16' of usable space
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like others have said, my front bumper to behind the drivers seat is 9ft in my International. 8 window 29 total feet, with 19.5ft of living space.

I am curious about the gas powered choice. is it because you are up north in the cold and worry about diesel gelling? might be hard to find gas powered bus unless it is older. most of them I have seen are diesel. best of luck!!!
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Old 03-06-2019, 12:34 PM   #13
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like others have said, my front bumper to behind the drivers seat is 9ft in my International. 8 window 29 total feet, with 19.5ft of living space.

I am curious about the gas powered choice. is it because you are up north in the cold and worry about diesel gelling? might be hard to find gas powered bus unless it is older. most of them I have seen are diesel. best of luck!!!
seems to be a few gas powered buses available in western Canada and buses both gas and diesel with 5 speed standard transmissions are fairly common - I'm also hoping that the buses from Alberta and Saskatchewan will have the heavy insulation package and perhaps long gearing because of the distances some of them have to drive - my plans for my skoolie/toy hauler are to head north in the winter - lots of -40 nights and not a lot warmer in the day time - settlements are far apart, sometimes over 100 miles, so if I have a breakdown on the road I'd rather be driving something I have a chance to fix myself, or with help from the nearest settlement - do I know what I'm doing? - not really, just trying to reason it out from my past experience driving motor homes or trucks, or loaded pickups pulling trailers in -40 -50 weather - it can get dangerous if you haven't planned ahead well - of course I do carry my own tow truck - lol
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I had a friend that confirmed the temperatures you're speaking of. He moved furniture and said if he touched any metal with bare skin, it would peel off instantly.
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I had a friend that confirmed the temperatures you're speaking of. He moved furniture and said if he touched any metal with bare skin, it would peel off instantly.
exactly, 10/30 oil won't pour, diesel trucks are left running 24/7 - oil changes on diesel run equipment are done in a hurry without shutting off the motors, cars and pickups are left running in safeway parking lots as the owners shop for groceries - propane freezes - I was in Ft Simpson in the NWT to race the same year the Pope was to fly in, in honour of something or other - they had to cancel the visit that year because of the cold - I had to use a tiger torch under the oil pan to warm up the engine enough to get it started, my 10-30 oil did no more than exhibit a blob of jelly when I tried to pour it and it had been protected from the weather in the back seat of my crew cab - houses were all heated by oil furnaces, and oil was twice the price than it was in southern Canada - as cold as it was, there were local kids, dressed in warm jackets, but not parkas, warm up pants, running shoes and ball caps that were rough housing and playing around the bonfire, while even the mushers were dressed arctic style - lol
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