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Old 07-21-2016, 09:04 PM   #1
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Lift Door-Good or Evil?

I'm in the hunt for a short bus but most I've found have wheelchair lifts. I have been passing them by w/o really looking because I thought the lift door would seriously complicate things. But I got to thinking that it might not be that bad so my question is for those who have converted a bus w/lift-How bad/good was it? Did you just seal the opening or did you take advantage of it? I know I've seen a conversion where the door became a ramp in a live-in mobile workshop but I can't find the thread anymore (not even sure its on this site-memory's going). Let me know what you think-Thanks in advance, Marc

P.S.-I put something in the classified section-Right now Frederick Co. and Montgomery Co. (both in Maryland) have probably 60 busses listed online. One is on GovDeals and the other is on PublicSurplus-Could be some deals out there w/that many listed at once.
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Old 08-15-2016, 01:17 PM   #2
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I personally want a bus with a lift. I plan on having a small enclosed area for motorcycles and stuff. But, that's just me.

If you removed the lift, and door and just put a panel over the opening I guess.

Do you have a link for the bus? I'm in NC, and I'm game for a road trip.
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Old 08-15-2016, 01:39 PM   #3
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I recently purchased a short bus with wheelchair lift for my conversion. As x225x said though, I specifically wanted it to be able to load dirt bikes. But even if this wasn't the case, I don't see the lift/opening as being a hindrance. If you remove the lift you are left with a nice, large opening to load/unload cargo, luggage, etc. Or maybe it could be used to create a fold out porch off of a bedroom or second entrance. Or of course you could just panel over it and forget about it.
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Old 08-15-2016, 01:53 PM   #4
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my Bus had a lift, I took it out, but that side door is where I sit and do work while parked (i run a mobile Software / hardware DEV lab) so its like my open air feeling door.. so I love having the door even though I yanked the lift out.

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Old 08-15-2016, 02:26 PM   #5
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I wish mine had a lift. I would use it as a shower pan and cover my azz with a shower privy tent. Water drains to the ground. This way you don't lose interior space for a dedicated shower.
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Old 08-15-2016, 02:39 PM   #6
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The shower sounds like a awesome idea. If I wasn't using it for a MC lift, I would do that.

I came from teardrop trailers, and I hate class a's. I think they're crap. And I would love a lift that way I can boodock at track days and traveling period. Maybe every now and then stop at a campground. But I'm a stop at a rest area/keep moving kind of guy.

My dream rig ( this one is for sale for $8k):


Old setup I built from scratch. Even the frame:

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Old 08-15-2016, 02:39 PM   #7
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I wish mine had a lift. I would use it as a shower pan and cover my azz with a shower privy tent. Water drains to the ground. This way you don't lose interior space for a dedicated shower.
How do you keep it from freezing up during the winter?
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Old 08-15-2016, 02:44 PM   #8
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I sealed my wheelchair doors. The original door latches were in the way so I had to make up some brackets to hold the door shut, then I caulked the hell out of the outside door seals.
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Old 08-15-2016, 02:55 PM   #9
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I'm turning my lift into a foldout bathroom, going to put a composting toilet on rails of some sort so it can be used underway, popup tenr for privacy. Hadnt planned on a shower but it may happen.
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Old 08-15-2016, 03:19 PM   #10
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