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Old 07-11-2020, 04:00 PM   #1
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Mid-bedroom with back office idea (RE)

Hi folks! My partner and I are on the market for a rear engine bus. We like the idea of a quieter ride and less heat while on the road. We also want separated work spaces. Mine will be in the back and his will be in the front. Has anyone tried to turn the rear engine space into a bench? I'm thinking that could be the seat of my desk and we'll build a wall between the bedroom area and my office. I got the idea from this build but they do have a front engine. We're also heavily leaning towards a roof raise, which would make up for not having the typical his and hers closets. Neither of us have that many clothes, so we're thinking about less clothing storage and more room for a walkway on one side of the bus to the bedroom and my office.

Just some thoughts. We haven't bought the bus yet. We're hoping to pretty soon and spend the next ~2 years slowly building it.

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Old 10-22-2020, 07:21 AM   #2
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I'm planning out a similar layout but for different reasons. I'm looking to orient a very deep working bench, still oriented rearwards. I like the concept of bed'room' being in the middle with storage/workspace in the rear. from my plans I can still fit a queen-ish sized bed just behind the midpoint of the bus which means that if someone is sleeping while driving they aren't on the engine suffering the from noise and heat. additionally if your water storage is internal it becomes a great place to keep water tanks and shortens and simplifies the plumbing for the entire project.
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Old 10-24-2020, 01:52 AM   #3
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It seems like a doable plan. Have you sketched it out to see how much space it leaves for bathroom, kitchen, and an area just to hang (assuming y'all want those things)?
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Old 10-24-2020, 10:00 AM   #4
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Not sure about RE school busses but in our city bus it used to be a bench. Never gave it consideration in the day we built Dory but it would be an interesting setup that could be very space efficient.

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Old 10-24-2020, 04:03 PM   #5
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That bus looks super crowded and cramped, it would drive me nuts after a week.
You might seriously consider a smaller bus/van and a trailer, you would have two isolated spaces.
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