Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 07-29-2022, 12:25 PM   #1
New Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2022
Posts: 7
Has Anyone Made a Hatch/ Cover for their Stairwell?

Hello All!

I am researching ideas on how to cover my stair well when I am parked or driving. This would be to keep pets, or my aging self from tripping and falling down the stairs. (HELP! I've fallen and I can't get up!)

Any ideas, links, or instructions would be greatly appreciated.

I'm also looking for ideas on passenger chairs. I saw somone posted on pinterest a folded passenger chair that when folded went into the old heating compartment in the front of the bus. Does anyone know about that on this site?

I'm open to all ideas!

Dockle-Doo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2022, 01:19 PM   #2
Bus Crazy
 
DeMac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,016
Coachwork: Integrated Coach Corp.
Chassis: RE-300 42ft
Engine: 466ci
Rated Cap: 90
Some have, yes

A few members have. I one member off hand is Form&Function who did that a couple years ago.
Check out his thread:
Airplane Bus, Stair Trap Door
(photos in post #26)
__________________
Ceiling: Framing & Electrical Rough-in
Convert Hatch to AC & Roof Patch
Frederick Douglass: "If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
DeMac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2022, 01:48 PM   #3
Bus Geek
 
musigenesis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 6,563
Year: 2003
Coachwork: International
Chassis: CE 300
Engine: DT466e
Rated Cap: 65C-43A
Would you want your step well covered with a trap door or some such in case of an emergency, like your bus was on fire and you were inside?
__________________
Rusty 87 build thread
musigenesis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2022, 02:10 PM   #4
Bus Crazy
 
Jolly Roger bus 223's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Swansboro,NC
Posts: 2,487
Year: 86
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Ford B700
Engine: 8.2
Rated Cap: 60 bodies
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.
Jolly Roger bus 223 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2022, 02:26 PM   #5
Bus Crazy
 
TheHubbardBus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: Earth
Posts: 1,969
Year: 2004
Coachwork: IC
Chassis: CE300
Engine: t444e
Rated Cap: 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jolly Roger bus 223 View Post
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.
__________________
I've got what plants crave.
TheHubbardBus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2022, 02:44 PM   #6
Bus Crazy
 
Jolly Roger bus 223's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Swansboro,NC
Posts: 2,487
Year: 86
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Ford B700
Engine: 8.2
Rated Cap: 60 bodies
my wifes shorty has a full wall behind the drivers seat for bus electrical from collins and the passenger i built a 36" tall knee wall right there and i tried to convince her that she is going to want a full wall across the drivers area so the dash A/C alone can keep up.
but either way she travels solo and its just the drivers area and only easily accessible door other than the drivers door where you have to climb over that seat.
i think she will eventually put up a curtain when driving and ask me to finish a wall and door across there at some point.
but she has suprised me before as a south texas redhead farm girl.
her skin dont like the sun but she will jump right out in the heat when she wants something done and i know she has no problem with letting the windows down.
Jolly Roger bus 223 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2022, 04:39 PM   #7
Bus Crazy
 
HamSkoolie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2021
Location: Southern Oregon
Posts: 1,237
Year: 1996
Coachwork: AmTran (Now Navistar)
Engine: DT444E (7.3L) International
Rated Cap: 31,800 pounds
Yep like others have said.... a hinged plate.


Ours will be hinged at the left side floor level on entry and "land" on a supporting rail along the right side on entry with the hand rail that is normally attached to that little metal wall attached to the plate so that when it is locked in the up position it acts as a hand rail and when in the down position it is out of the way.
We're also converting our door to a one piece that opens outward so emergency egress is not impeded though it'll be a little jump.
Underway it will be lowered to provide:
Floor for the passengers feet
Impediment to law enforcement entering during a traffic stop (open door
but leave to plate down.
Passenger chair to slide forward & be more closely aligned w/ the driver
When parked it will be up providing:
Handrail
storage for a couple pairs of shoes
__________________
YouTube: HAMSkoolie WEB: HAMSkoolie.com
We've done so much, for so long, with so little, we now do the impossible, overnight, with nothing. US Marines -- 6531, 3521. . . .Ret ASE brakes & elect. Ret (auto and aviation mech). Extra Class HAM, NAUI/PADI OpenWater diver
HamSkoolie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2022, 03:59 PM   #8
Almost There
 
Join Date: Mar 2021
Location: New England
Posts: 90
Year: 1999
Coachwork: Michael Corbier
Chassis: GMC Savana 350
Engine: 6.5 Diesel
Basic Stair hatch

I needed extra room when traveling with my dog Bandit. I used a precut 3/4 in plywood and a folding kick stand for support. I later removed the stand and added a stop to the stair well itself.
Attached Thumbnails
Hatch1.jpg   Hatch2.jpg  
Corbi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2022, 07:24 PM   #9
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Posts: 16
I used two oak stair treads cut to lay over the opening. I would remove them when not actually being used.

When parked I'd use that area as storage or as the occasional potty area, because I usually use the rear door as my entry and exit route.
TrailsBy11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2022, 11:02 PM   #10
Skoolie
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: Raleigh NC
Posts: 138
Year: 2000
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: TS FE 2509
Engine: Cummins 5.9l ISB CM550
Rated Cap: 34
My idea is to make some steps for the back side door in the shape of the front entryway stairs so you can flip it over and store it there like tetris style when driving and it will be a passenger footrest. My passenger seat is right on the edge of the stairwell.
Hutchy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2022, 09:07 PM   #11
Almost There
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Posts: 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by musigenesis View Post
Would you want your step well covered with a trap door or some such in case of an emergency, like your bus was on fire and you were inside?
Good point, if I have to run 🏃*♂️ for cover I don't want to have anything in the way to slow me .
shorthair is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:08 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.