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Old 08-15-2021, 02:08 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by HamSkoolie View Post
We plan a swivel passenger seat, right behind the stairwell with a drop down floor while underway. Swiveling 135 degrees to the left when parked will give another seat in the "living room" thus adding to the usability. The seat will be mounted on a custom welded and bolted frame secured to structural members of the bus to provide crash protection and three point restraint. Since that frame is being built from scratch it's no biggie to include a folding desk attachment so that one of us can sit in a very comfy chair while doing computer or other desk work...
We mounted a seat just aft of the entry-steps as you describe.
I fabricated a flip-up filler so the seat occupant has a level floor instead of a couple potential hazards a foot or two deep.
A 'plus!' the filler offers -- it supports the feet while seated, relieving weighted pressure on the bottom of the thighs.

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Old 08-15-2021, 04:14 AM   #22
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Our flip up floor will also incorporate a hand rail that is usable when locked in the up position and just sits under the floor in that big cavern when it's down. I'm thinking it may need to flip down and then have a side piece that folds out towards the driver in order to fill the entire gap and avoid any falls into the cavern.
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Old 08-18-2021, 06:24 AM   #23
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Call AAA bus in Phoenix. He has a ton of seats and most are under $150.
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