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Old 03-22-2020, 02:20 AM   #1
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I bought my 1st bus for conversion. Its a 8 window 9 including driver. Diesel T444E Allison. Its got 2 ac, one on the pass side one rear. Has handicapped ramp on rear side. Does anyone have recommendations for a practical layout ican use for ideas? Leave the ac's? What can i do with this handicap ramp? Id there a sell option? What about these bus seats? Has anyone repurposed them into dinnette or bed?
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Old 03-22-2020, 06:50 AM   #2
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Here's a thread on whether or not to remove your AC: https://www.skoolie.net/forums/f9/th...a-c-27952.html. I have no opinion since I have no AC.

Many people have repurposed seats into a dinette. Never seen anyone turn them into a bed, though. I just left my seats outside the bus until they were "stolen" by scrappers.

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Old 03-22-2020, 10:59 AM   #3
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Some people find the lift useful for putting stuff in the bus, then discarding it later. Or extending the platform in a toy hauler build. A scrapper should accept it and maybe the seats as well. Your local dump may accept seats as well, it's how I got rid of mine in my first bus. Paid about $70. State Farm later told me that I could not keep any of the original seats in my build.

I'm about to use the lift in my new bus to help relocate my toolboxes.
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Old 03-22-2020, 12:42 PM   #4
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I bought my 1st bus for conversion. Its a 8 window 9 including driver. Diesel T444E Allison. Its got 2 ac, one on the pass side one rear. Has handicapped ramp on rear side. Does anyone have recommendations for a practical layout ican use for ideas? Leave the ac's? What can i do with this handicap ramp? Id there a sell option? What about these bus seats? Has anyone repurposed them into dinnette or bed?
Hey Hayesgeorge. I believe you have the same Shorty that I have. I kept my a/c units ( with advice from Cadillackid. The man knows these machines like the back of his hand). My rear A/C unit I incorporated into my cabinetry. The front unit( evaporator) I removed it and relocated another smaller evaporator, from an ambulance, that will fit up front under windshield. Was able to sell my wheelchair lift for $350. Took all the metal to the scrap yard and was able to buy lunch.
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Phatman, how do you like it? Do you have pics of your cabinetry with the ac intergrated? My bus has the condensers under the driver side, 2 one for each unit. Whats your layout? Thatd be great if i could get 350 for my lift. Ive kicked around a skoolie idea for awhile, i remember my uncle having one for a hunting rig. I lost my house to fire almost a month ago now so unfortunate circumstances kinda made the decision to try one now.
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Phatman, how do you like it? Do you have pics of your cabinetry with the ac intergrated? My bus has the condensers under the driver side, 2 one for each unit. Whats your layout? Thatd be great if i could get 350 for my lift. Ive kicked around a skoolie idea for awhile, i remember my uncle having one for a hunting rig. I lost my house to fire almost a month ago now so unfortunate circumstances kinda made the decision to try one now.
Man I’m really sorry to hear that about your house. That’s a real bummer. Hope everything comes out alright. My condenser units are in the back on each side. For some reason all my pictures on here have disappeared. I can upload a couple here so you can see how I incorporated them. I love the bus. Doing my damndest to finish this thing by the end of May. Sorry about the pictures being sideways. Still trying to figure them correctly
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After reading the thread posted earlier, reflect upon your use model. At a minimum, keeping the front A/C for driving would be my suggestion.
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After reading the thread posted earlier, reflect upon your use model. At a minimum, keeping the front A/C for driving would be my suggestion.
There is front a/c. It is the small unit under the windshield. It is just sitting on the floor now. When I build the cabinets up front and overhead, I will mount it properly. It came out of a 2002 ambulance.
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There is front a/c. It is the small unit under the windshield. It is just sitting on the floor now. When I build the cabinets up front and overhead, I will mount it properly. It came out of a 2002 ambulance.
Sorry, I meant the post by musigenesis where he mentioned the A/C thread by cadillackid.
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Sorry, I meant the post by musigenesis where he mentioned the A/C thread by cadillackid.
I gotcha Native.sorry for the confusion.
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I had been thinking about using the lift as a deck, an outside shower platform, a table outside for grilling or tailgating, and a Labrador washing station. My friend did all of the above with his lift, which he needed for access with his power chair.

There is a growing interest in the wheelchair-using community in skoolie and van conversions for independent travel. If you are thoughtful about your build, reselling it might be easy.
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