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Old 11-20-2021, 09:19 PM   #1
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Is it Ok to locate electrical components under the bed?

I recently bought a 35 foot dog nose school bus. I知 designing the layout now. I plan on having a king size bed occupying the last 7 feet of the bus with storage underneath about 24 inches high, accessible from inside the bus and from the rear door.

Q: Would it be OK to locate electrical components in that storage space under the bed?

Components would include an inverter/charger, solar power manager, 110 volt breaker box and lifepo batteries. Presumably I値l need to provide for some air circulation. Do any of these components make enough noise (e.g. cooling fans) to disturb one痴 sleep? Are there safety or other issues if I put these components under the bed? Thanks!

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Old 11-21-2021, 12:29 AM   #2
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I recently bought a 35 foot dog nose school bus. I知 designing the layout now. I plan on having a king size bed occupying the last 7 feet of the bus with storage underneath about 24 inches high, accessible from inside the bus and from the rear door.

Q: Would it be OK to locate electrical components in that storage space under the bed?

Components would include an inverter/charger, solar power manager, 110 volt breaker box and lifepo batteries. Presumably I値l need to provide for some air circulation. Do any of these components make enough noise (e.g. cooling fans) to disturb one痴 sleep? Are there safety or other issues if I put these components under the bed? Thanks!
Yes. It is quite common to make good use of that space that way. Ventilation is a good idea, so is soundproofing if you are worried about that. But thick enough wood for the platform should take care of any noise.
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Old 11-22-2021, 04:50 PM   #3
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Its the norm for Sprinter/large van builds, but that is not the same as saying its okay or not, what is common is quite often not the same as what is safe or what is best.


While its maybe not ideal, I personally would feel it is an acceptable risk for me. But I would take care to make sure nothing flammable is in the immediate area, and nothing can fall on it, and regardless of location you need to make sure you follow manufacturer guidelines for the proper clearances and orientations, as well as electrical best practices. Many people try to shove everything into a tiny space with little care for circulation etc. This is not good, even if it does not cause a fire.
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Zork mentions soundproofing, some soundproofing materials like Rockwool, are also fire resistant.
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