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Old 10-26-2017, 12:44 AM   #1
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As we design our skoolie , my wife is very concerned that when we travel she will be a long way away from the driver, (we are very close and we both like it)
we have discussed a captains chair right beside the drivers seat, but we have also discussed a shorter 3rd row bench seat so she can have a place to put things beside her.
I realize this will cause interference with the doors, which I am cool with relocation, I can cut, weld, glue hammer and nail anything i need to.
Has anyone ever moved the doors to mid way down the bus? I think this would look very cool and let me install a different style door too.
I would really like to install a shoulder harness rather than just a lap belt for her in advance
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Old 10-26-2017, 12:57 AM   #2
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Has anyone ever moved the doors to mid way down the bus? I think this would look very cool and let me install a different style door too.
It has been done before. A very clever mod is to move the door mid-ship and install a RV door. A generator fits nicely where the old stairs up-front were where it won't be as loud in the back, where bedrooms usually are located.

My bus has the door mid-ship and it is very nice.

The other mod is to install a platform that slides-out over the front located stairs and allows a seat to be next to driver. OneNationUnderGoat did just such a mod very nicely- they have Youtube videos.

Make it how you want ! and Welcome !
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Old 10-26-2017, 09:57 AM   #3
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Another option

On my last bus we moved the steps up one to make more space beside the driver seat and put an electric step under the door. This allows a bench to be installed for a driver/passenger leaving enough room to get around it
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Old 10-26-2017, 08:42 PM   #4
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I like that very much, this pilot/copilot is exactly what we are looking for. The layout is perfect.
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Old 10-26-2017, 08:54 PM   #5
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Thanks If you decide to go this route and have questions let me know
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Old 10-26-2017, 10:45 PM   #6
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I also thank you! I've been considering using the back bench seat of my van, but didn't think how to get around the vanishing stairwell space!
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Old 10-27-2017, 04:41 PM   #7
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Any time, that's why this community is such a great resource lots of different folks doing the same crazy thing
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Old 10-27-2017, 05:09 PM   #8
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Any time, that's why this community is such a great resource lots of different folks doing the same crazy thing
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Sorry, can't help myself.

I would get more "stuff" done on my bus without this Community as I spend too much time reading other peoples builds.

The "stuff" I did get done would be crap without seeing the other ideas, however.

What vehicle is the bench seat out of? Does it work with us Husky fellows? Or will I need to get skinnier copilot ?
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Old 10-27-2017, 05:20 PM   #9
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I agree completely if I didn't spend time seeing how others accomplished similar tasks I would get it done faster but I have gotten so many good ideas here it's worth it!

The seat is out of a newer Mercedes transit van I used it because of the built in belts. A bigger couple would be a bit crowded, they measured about an inch or so narrower than the buckets in my 2010 ram but they are next to each other.
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Old 10-27-2017, 05:24 PM   #10
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I do think a seat 3-4" wider would fit without making the walkway to narrow
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Old 10-27-2017, 05:33 PM   #11
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I do think a seat 3-4" wider would fit without making the walkway to narrow
Just stop it.


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Old 10-27-2017, 05:56 PM   #12
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I'm sorry haven't figured out how to turn them someone told me then I forgot lol. I am only on here with my phone. I will make an effort to fix them in the future i can see how it would be really annoying
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Old 10-27-2017, 07:16 PM   #13
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I'm sorry haven't figured out how to turn them someone told me then I forgot lol. I am only on here with my phone. I will make an effort to fix them in the future i can see how it would be really annoying
no, in your hand-when you click the shutter-- just for bus pictures, hold the phone the other way.

Should work??? It will be our experiment.

Your layout looks good- i like the spray on the floor- remove the tape and lines are crisp. Idea stolen.
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Old 10-27-2017, 08:17 PM   #14
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I put the tape on once and left my two year old in the bus for about two minutes and he had most of it up it also works good if your moving stuff around or just working in there.
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Old 10-27-2017, 08:37 PM   #15
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I put the tape on once and left my two year old in the bus for about two minutes and he had most of it up it also works good if your moving stuff around or just working in there.
Tape the kid down next time.
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Old 10-28-2017, 01:43 PM   #16
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My boys are now 3 and 4 and sometimes I wish I could just tape them down but they are getting more helpful all the time
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My boys are now 3 and 4 and sometimes I wish I could just tape them down but they are getting more helpful all the time
Training them early is the key. I used to take my kids grocery shopping at very early age- I showed them how to pick the fruit, read the dates, look at prices. They are actually help me now, we get home they unload everything and put it in the cupboards by themselves.

They are 34 and 36 years old.
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Old 10-28-2017, 04:25 PM   #18
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They are 34 and 36 years old.


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On my last bus we moved the steps up one to make more space beside the driver seat and put an electric step under the door. This allows a bench to be installed for a driver/passenger leaving enough room to get around it
looks great , I like the set up, here's how I did mine
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f11/sk...ys-5325-6.html
its nice to have a passenger beside you. look at post 57
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Old 10-28-2017, 07:59 PM   #20
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looks great , I like the set up, here's how I did mine
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f11/sk...ys-5325-6.html
its nice to have a passenger beside you. look at post 57
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I like that set up, those seats look plush
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