Originally Posted by Jolly Roger bus 223
havent heard from them in quite a while but a member here had a hinged plate that went over the stairwell for the passengers feet to rest on from the passengers seat.
try looking up onenationundergoat.
Pretty much exactly what we're doing, but we haven't done it yet.
When we do it will serve as a partition like the oem panel did when up, to prevent falling down the steps from behind. When down, like you said, a place for the passenger (captains chair aligned with first side window) to put her feet and for safety block off the stairwell completely.
Haven't had a fire yet, but have accidentally tumbled down the steps once, and almost done it many times. IMO covering them up when not being used is a huge plus for safety. If there's a fire and the time it takes to lift this panel is too long, we're dead anyway. No reason you can't leave it up at times like when sleeping if that's a concern.