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Old 07-25-2020, 10:34 PM   #1
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Join Date: Apr 2020
Location: St. Louis
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Year: 2003
Coachwork: Thomas 4-Window
Chassis: 2003 Ford E350
Engine: 7.3L Powerstroke
Rated Cap: 6
The drivers "cage"... Is that structural?

My 2003 E350-based short bus has a vertical pole to the right of the driver, with a horizontal pole coming off that around the back side of the drivers seat. It forms a rudamentary "cage" around the driver. Is that structural? Or just a grab bar for folks entering and exiting (that also keeps little Timmy from flying into the driver in hard-breaking situations)?

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Old 07-26-2020, 06:45 AM   #2
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Join Date: May 2009
Location: Columbus Ohio
Posts: 15,179
Year: 1991
Coachwork: Carpenter
Chassis: International 3800
Engine: DTA360 / MT643
Rated Cap: 7 Row Handicap
I was told the "stripper poles" found on some busses were designed to help in a rollover situation, but there are plenty of busses without them.. Van cutaways always seem to have them up front
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Old 07-26-2020, 06:55 AM   #3
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Year: 2007
Coachwork: Thomas Built
Chassis: Minotour
Engine: Chevy Express 3500 6.6l
My Thomas doesn’t have that. Can you post a photo?
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