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Old 07-28-2019, 05:35 AM   #21
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Ok, interesting. The bus I'm looking at is a double decker transit bus, it's a diesel pusher. The floor is really low because it's a low bridge model (so it's Street legal in all states)... There's really no space underneath. Boondocking is important to us... As is AC. Not sure if the bus will work with those constraints without some serious creativity.
WHat's the headroom on that thing? Usually you get two levels suitable for hobbits.

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Old 07-28-2019, 05:37 AM   #22
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It's pretty short, like all the folks in our family. I think about 6.5' per floor The real draw here is the added square footage that allows separate sleeping spaces for our kids who definitely can't be sharing rooms just yet.
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Old 07-28-2019, 05:50 AM   #23
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how much actual driving do you plan to do in this behemoth?
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Old 07-28-2019, 05:55 AM   #24
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A decent amount. Still smaller than the RVs we were looking at. Tons of 13.5' RVs, but the ones we were looking at we're 37' or longer...I won't buy without test drive, though.
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Old 07-28-2019, 10:39 AM   #25
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It's pretty short, like all the folks in our family. I think about 6.5' per floor The real draw here is the added square footage that allows separate sleeping spaces for our kids who definitely can't be sharing rooms just yet.
At a total height of 13'6", I doubt you have ceiling heigths of 6'6". That would leave only 6" for roof thickness, 2 floor thicknesses and the ground clearance.
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Old 07-28-2019, 10:48 AM   #26
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It's pretty short, like all the folks in our family. I think about 6.5' per floor The real draw here is the added square footage that allows separate sleeping spaces for our kids who definitely can't be sharing rooms just yet.
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At a total height of 13'6", I doubt you have ceiling heigths of 6'6". That would leave only 6" for roof thickness, 2 floor thicknesses and the ground clearance.

I've thought the same thing, and most of these buses have at least 6" ground clearance. More like 5 1/2' per floor I'd guess.
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Old 07-28-2019, 10:53 AM   #27
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You're probably right. I don't think they're even heights either.
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Old 07-28-2019, 03:08 PM   #28
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You'll wish you hadn't, unless you get a super quiet genny.
Short of solidly ducting the exhaust to vent out, I see CO poisoning in your future.
Is there no way to build a shelf over the back bumper, tasked to securely give the genny a home..?
This my plan for my Honda EU 3000 tht will be monted where the stairwell for the entry door currently is. https://www.amazon.com/Camco-44461-G...erator-Exhaust
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Old 07-28-2019, 03:10 PM   #29
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[QUOTE=Rivetboy;340761]This my plan for my Honda EU 3000 tht will be monted where the stairwell for the entry door currently is.
Camco Black 44461 Gen-Turi Generator Exhaust System
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Old 07-28-2019, 03:17 PM   #30
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This my plan for my Honda EU 3000 tht will be monted where the stairwell for the entry door currently is. https://www.amazon.com/Camco-44461-G...erator-Exhaust
If you have more than the one egress I can see that as a good solution. Me, I've got the jack-knife in the front, and e-door in the back, so not an option for me!
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Old 07-28-2019, 03:21 PM   #31
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If the interior height is good for you and your family, go for it man!! I will just add that as you travel the country off the beaten trail, just be mindful of the entrances to some gas stations and some of those country roads. That has been our biggest challenge while traveling, beating up and bending up the bottom of our car while on the tow dolly!
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Old 07-28-2019, 04:37 PM   #32
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Yeah, I knew I had to put all the weight downstairs! How would that vent? CO poisoning is no fun....
Just run an exhaust pipe up to roof level. Easy!

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Old 07-31-2019, 01:12 PM   #33
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OK, update based on photo from seller:

**EDIT: Here's the link...apparently my photo uploads don't work (yet?)**

https://ibb.co/ZRrkVC9



From the look of it there's a bunch more under-bus space than I thought. The floor _is_ low, but the steps up raise the floor some yet to be discovered amount. Still waiting on a video walkthrough which will hopefully include a peek at the undercarriage and a better idea of the internal height.

This may be a 100% irrelevant thread...
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Old 07-31-2019, 01:50 PM   #34
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Any motorhome built before basement models came into existence (late 80's early 90's) had most the mechanical stuff above the floor level. My old '77 Holiday Rambler on an E350 chassis, had the water tank in the kitchen cabinets, furnace and water heater under the couch, and the generator enclosure (top half anyway) under a dinette seat. Waste holding tanks were under the floor, but were only like 6" tall. It wasn't quite as low as a low floor bus though. As you said, with some creativity, I think it can happen.

You might specifically look at the 70's GMC motorhome, floor was quite low. Lots of information online about them to see how stuff was packaged.
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Old 07-31-2019, 06:35 PM   #35
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Awesome to know! I presume your rambler's Genny enclosure was against a wall and vented directly outside?
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Old 08-03-2019, 03:27 PM   #36
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When I had an idealistic notion to convert a Bristol Lodekka into a sort-of mobile bachelor pad back in the idealistic 1970s when bachelor pads were a big thing, I quickly realized that all the heavy stuff had to go inside in the ground floor (first floor in Yank-speak), then all the upper floor would be a groovy open-plan bedsit. This means that all the tanks, propane, generator, kitchen, loo and shower have to be inside. Putting a generator inside a soundproof enclosure will work well as long as it can cool itself; this pretty much eliminates cheapo air-cooled generators and instead requires one to use a water-cooled RV generator with a remote radiator.

There are plenty of folk in England and elsewhere who've converted double-deckers - YouTube has some videos showing what's possible. There's even a BCM member in N.Carolina who's converting a Daimler Fleetline.

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I was going to suggest the same thing. Build a utility room on the first and/or second floor that is fully enclosed and sealed from the interior. Have it vented to the outside if needed and route all intake and exhausts for appliances to the outside. Line it with sound dampening material to minimize generator noise. Creative fabrication!
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Old 08-03-2019, 03:30 PM   #37
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OK, update based on photo from seller:

**EDIT: Here's the link...apparently my photo uploads don't work (yet?)**

https://ibb.co/ZRrkVC9



From the look of it there's a bunch more under-bus space than I thought. The floor _is_ low, but the steps up raise the floor some yet to be discovered amount. Still waiting on a video walkthrough which will hopefully include a peek at the undercarriage and a better idea of the internal height.

This may be a 100% irrelevant thread...
Looks like it would make a cool rv!!
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Old 08-03-2019, 05:23 PM   #38
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This is a tough nut to crack!. Where to put a generator?. I figure that what cargo trailers are for. But without one my vote would be for above rear bumper with a custom hitch made to be able to tow the car.
Sorry, off topic, but have you started a thread about the gearing in a transit bus? Does it have a highway gear?
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