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Old 05-13-2016, 11:09 PM   #11
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Yeah, not feasible. There are cross members between the frame rails that you can't cut out as well as other stuff that would be difficult to impossible to move. It's been tried.
The thought here is that its better to spend the time to find the right bus so you don't have to do lots of modifications that take lots of time and money. You have to learn to recognize indications of a high roof height, unless you want to do a roof raise.
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Old 05-14-2016, 06:22 AM   #12
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my bus is a re 32' 11 window with the high ceiling. when i took the ply off the floor i had 79". i added 1" foam and 3/4 sub floor and a 1/2 " thermal break to the ribs. i now have 76 3/4 head room, ill loose less than a 1/2 " for my ceiling and flooring. im just 6' tall so i got plenty of head room.
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Old 05-14-2016, 08:31 AM   #13
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Yeah, not feasible. There are cross members between the frame rails that you can't cut out as well as other stuff that would be difficult to impossible to move. It's been tried.
The thought here is that its better to spend the time to find the right bus so you don't have to do lots of modifications that take lots of time and money. You have to learn to recognize indications of a high roof height, unless you want to do a roof raise.

as more people do roof raises there is more and more information out there too on how to do it and ow to get better at it, for a person who is doing a complete build from a totally gutted bus, a roof raise is now feasible.. look at the guy recently that raised a roof in a day or two..

seems the flat front busses do best for roof raises, I havent seen anyone raise a dognose yet..(im sure the yare out there though)

EDIT: Wait i just now read a thread of a dognose roof raise.. ha!

having never had an RV, I also dont know what the ceiling heights of standard commercially built RV's are. 7 feet? ive been in some that seemed as short if not shorter than the ceiling in my Bus..

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Old 05-14-2016, 09:56 AM   #14
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you can buy busses that are high tops. I think my bus has 6'6" height in the center of the bus.. goes down a little from there as you get closer to the windows..

it is a Carpenter body... it seems some of the handicap busses have taller ceilings but are often short busses.. (mine is a 7 window.. I havent measured it length yet)..

most people raise the roof rather than try to build a trench.. there are lots of things like driveshaft and what not that go down the center of a bus..

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I have a handicap bus as well, it is 21.5 feet from the back of the drivers seat to the back of bus. I believe mine is 9 windows total. And about 26 feet total length. If you see a bus online that you like google the buses interior dimensions to get a rough idea though windows are about 2.2 feet per.
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Old 05-14-2016, 06:13 PM   #15
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11 window about 64 pass

15 windows is 40 foot flat nose BB (lorna)

14 window (was 84 pass)

8 windows was 48 passenger

13 window was 78 passenger flat nose (Les Lampman)

see they are all over the place on capacity

basically look at every ones and see what theres is; mine is about 35 foot(guessing) 12 windows behind driver

Mines a 40 foot Dog Nose Freightliner/Thomas....

11 window... 10 @ 25.5" wide and 1 @ 35.5" wide outside measurements

12 Rows of seats, 72 pass

30 feet from the back of the drivers seat

6 foot tall to the center of the roof

7.5 wide feet inside
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I have a 40ft flat nose Thomas. 14 Windows (not sure window length). Bus was advertised as 84 passenger but the data plate inside says 90 as the capacity. Inside is 7'6" wide and 6'6" tall in the center.

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I have 8 windows (behind driver) total length 28'. Back of driver seat to back wall is a hair under 20'. Mine is funny because it is a "Special Needs" (read handicap for those of us over 30 ) so it was listed as 10 passenger with 3 wheelchair spots. My seats are narrow to make the aisle down the middle wider for wheelchairs. For some reason they put the wheelchairs spots in FRONT of the seats but the lift is in the rear... seems like a really inefficient set-up to me...
Do you have any more measurements of your bus? My family recently bought a bus and I'm working on some things for it, remotely, and am hoping to get the interior measurements. Our bus is 8 windows on the driver's side, 7 + the wheelchair lift on the other. Can you help?
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Old 03-13-2017, 01:45 PM   #18
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Is there a higher rez version I can't read the dimensions?

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you have 4 more posts to go before approval isn't needed

As for lengths, it's more a window thing than actually numbers since kids got more, ugh....more....mass....hell kids are fat nowadays so window count is more accurate

here is one

I can't read the dimensions? I am trying to design my reno in CAD but can't find a reliable source for blueprint.
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