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Old 06-18-2019, 09:18 AM   #61
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Shocks may not be the answer on this bus. One of the bus techs told me that the drivers didn't like the short wheelbase because they had a tendency to bounce.


Glad the adventure is going well!
Spring suspension makes any size bus bounce a bit on big bumps. Its more noticeable on a short bus but I know some folks who broke their washer/dryer hauling it home in the rear of the bus. It hit a bump and the rear cargo went airborne. That was in a 35 footer.

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Old 06-18-2019, 09:23 AM   #62
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Spring suspension makes any size bus bounce a bit on big bumps. Its more noticeable on a short bus but I know some folks who broke their washer/dryer hauling it home in the rear of the bus. It hit a bump and the rear cargo went airborne. That was in a 35 footer.
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Old 06-18-2019, 12:55 PM   #63
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So exciting! I’d love to see your floor plan.
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Old 06-18-2019, 01:17 PM   #64
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Spring suspension makes any size bus bounce a bit on big bumps. Its more noticeable on a short bus but I know some folks who broke their washer/dryer hauling it home in the rear of the bus. It hit a bump and the rear cargo went airborne. That was in a 35 footer.
and why I don't want a flat nose FE bus - I'll most likely be hitting many frost heaves in my travels - I've seen air in cab forward delivery trucks and it's no fun at 70 MPH
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Old 06-18-2019, 02:29 PM   #65
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Well, Things are going so well today and Mr Beefy is apparently enjoying the fresh open air so much that Jody skipped his originally planned stop for today and is continuing our direction. He'll have to stop tonight somewhere but playing it by ear right now.

Also, 2nd stop was down 75 miles of a farm road (single lane highway.. very rough surface) which felt so narrow it didn't seem Mr Beefy would fit in his lane. That coupled with truckers very familiar with the road flyin' by... he felt he's already had enough adventure.. didn't need that today

Better prepped with food and such today.. feeling much happier
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Old 06-18-2019, 02:49 PM   #66
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No doubt, a welcome change of pace (pun intended) from stopping every quarter mile to load or unload it's bipedal cargo!
Sounds like a fine intro for your 2 boys to get better acquainted.
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Old 06-18-2019, 03:29 PM   #67
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and why I don't want a flat nose FE bus - I'll most likely be hitting many frost heaves in my travels - I've seen air in cab forward delivery trucks and it's no fun at 70 MPH
Flat nose FE is the best riding/driving bus I've had yet.
Its the Vista's with spring suspension you'll want to avoid if bounce is unwanted.
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Flat nose FE is the best riding/driving bus I've had yet.
Its the Vista's with spring suspension you'll want to avoid if bounce is unwanted.
interesting - doesn't seem logical with the cab being in front of the steering wheels - l'll have to see if i can find one to ride in
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Old 06-18-2019, 05:20 PM   #69
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interesting - doesn't seem logical with the cab being in front of the steering wheels - l'll have to see if i can find one to ride in
Lots of drivers loved the Genesis FE buses.
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Lots of drivers loved the Genesis FE buses.
I like mine, it's an awesome bus, can't wait to drive it again soon, been a year.
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Old 06-18-2019, 07:20 PM   #71
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So exciting! I’d love to see your floor plan.

So.. so far.. something like this.


But after we get him here .. that may change up a bit.

And .. our inspiration bus.. this bus is a Beauty in our eyes.
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Old 06-18-2019, 08:45 PM   #72
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Woah! that vintage bus is something to behold!!

you have a great layout idea. Oh what fun
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Old 06-18-2019, 09:03 PM   #73
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Woah! that vintage bus is something to behold!

Right??? We both found it separately and loved it immediately. Hope we do their design justice.

Super excited.. I get to see Mr Beefy in person tomorrow!!!
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Old 06-19-2019, 12:12 PM   #74
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I’m looking forward to watching your build.

is that a combo toilet/shower behind the driver seat? My old rv had one and it worked out so I’ll probably do that in my bus too.
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Old 06-19-2019, 12:16 PM   #75
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Iím looking forward to watching your build.

is that a combo toilet/shower behind the driver seat? My old rv had one and it worked out so Iíll probably do that in my bus too.
Yep.. that's currently the plan. Natures Head composting toilet and shower into water proof tray.. of some sorts
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Old 06-19-2019, 12:52 PM   #76
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So.. so far.. something like this.


But after we get him here .. that may change up a bit.

And .. our inspiration bus.. this bus is a Beauty in our eyes.
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Hi Folks, Looks like a great choice for a camper.
These shorty's are super maneuverable, mine will do a u turn on most secondary roads, waaay tighter than my pickup. Does take a while to get used to the width and driving with that glass entry door is pretty distracting at first!

My primary area of travel is in British Columbia so my build reflects that. In you're climate you will have different needs.

I have some similarities in layout.
My kitchen and table layout is about the same as yours but I do not have a loo behind the drivers seat. I have good rear visibility through the side windows and the back door. I have a small open space behind the drivers seat which will accommodate a fridge (the top would add to counter space) right now a cooler lives there. I installed a propane heater under the table, also a bit of storage space under it. Same front passenger captains chair with built in shoulder harness but mounted closer to the center so your feet don't hang over the stairs. Seat moves forward and back about a foot as well as rotates 360. Rather than add a drop leaf I sculpted the table to allow the chair to rotate. I left a bus seat in place over the wheel well for the rear table seat.

I like having good access to the rear door so built a fold up double bed on the rear passenger side. It uses up 7' in length and allows some storage on the back end. When the bed is folded up there is good access to the under bed storage (also good vision out rear door). On the back drivers side there is a small fridge over the wheel well, then a closet then a storage bench with a litter box in it. I can't convince myself to install a bathroom in a small bus. I might add a hot water system, then for sure I would rig up an outside shower hose.

I'm happy with my bed design but may change the whole rear lay out anyway. Sometimes my wife doesn't want to come camping and suddenly I don't need a double bed but rather 2 singles.

My thoughts on your bus-

Once the mechanical stuff was deemed in order I would get some white paint on that roof, maybe the whole bus!
It really helps and will extend the time you can work inside it.

I would consider an awning and 1 or 2 pull out drawers on the outside of the bus to facilitate an outdoor kitchen. The awning might be a plus while doing the build.

You are going to be making thousands of trips in and out of the bus while building and all the big items want to go through the back door. Setting up a ramp to about the height of the bottom of your rear bumper is time well rewarded.
I now have a rear carrying rack/step that plugs in to my hitch receiver, wish i'da figured that out first thing.
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Old 06-19-2019, 05:41 PM   #78
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Old 06-19-2019, 09:13 PM   #79
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Congrats, that's a sweet bus!
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Old 06-20-2019, 07:04 AM   #80
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Really nice bus! Looking forward to the conversion.
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