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Old 08-01-2018, 03:05 PM   #1
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Buses with height

Hello all,


Currently in the early stages of shopping around and looking at some buses. I've seen some conversions where the roof gets lifted up a number of inches to accommodate taller people. I'm 6'1" on a good day, so I'm hoping to find a bus that'd be able to accommodate my height without raising the roof.


Ideally I'd want to rip out the ceiling and floor and add in insulation and a subfloor. My question is, what are some buses that I should keep an eye out for and buses to avoid if I would still want to feel comfortable and not have to crank my head to the side?


Much appreciated!
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Hey Chiggins,

I would suggest an Amtran, IC or Bluebird and a roof raise.

I am 5'8" and have a bus with high headroom (74") and I am doing a 10" roof raise.

I have been in many buses with and without a raised roof and the difference in perceived space and comfort is significant.

At 5'8" I went into some buses that had a finished ceiling height of 72" and found myself hunching down even though I had a couple of inches clearance.

Good luck on your quest.
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Hey Chiggins,

I would suggest an Amtran, IC or Bluebird and a roof raise.

I am 5'8" and have a bus with high headroom (74") and I am doing a 10" roof raise.

I have been in many buses with and without a raised roof and the difference in perceived space and comfort is significant.

At 5'8" I went into some buses that had a finished ceiling height of 72" and found myself hunching down even though I had a couple of inches clearance.

Good luck on your quest.

Steve,


Thanks for the suggestion. Roof raise might be outside of what I'd be comfortable doing which is why I'm looking for something that naturally has a little bit more headroom. Will keep in mind what you said though.
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Standard buses have a 6'3" ceiling height. The International Genesis AmTran and others have a 6'6" ceiling height. If you get the high roof and don't add any more thickness to the floor when you insulate you will still have headroom. A roof raise is a major undertaking. As others have mention, think about how much or little time you will actually be standing in the bus, and it becomes less of a concern.
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Hello all,


Currently in the early stages of shopping around and looking at some buses. I've seen some conversions where the roof gets lifted up a number of inches to accommodate taller people. I'm 6'1" on a good day, so I'm hoping to find a bus that'd be able to accommodate my height without raising the roof.


Ideally I'd want to rip out the ceiling and floor and add in insulation and a subfloor. My question is, what are some buses that I should keep an eye out for and buses to avoid if I would still want to feel comfortable and not have to crank my head to the side?


Much appreciated!
Buses come in two heights. Standard and high.
High headroom buses will have around 6'4"-6'7" of headroom.
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Standard buses have a 6'3" ceiling height. The International Genesis AmTran and others have a 6'6" ceiling height. If you get the high roof and don't add any more thickness to the floor when you insulate you will still have headroom. A roof raise is a major undertaking. As others have mention, think about how much or little time you will actually be standing in the bus, and it becomes less of a concern.
Not all standard buses have 6'3". Some have less.
My 92 Senator/Genesis had my head scraping the ceiling and I'm 5'10".
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