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Length of a bus?
Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:03 pm


How does the DOT measure a bus for determining the legal length. Is it measured from the frame or bumper to bumper or do they go by the furthest protruding object (like a mirror) to determine your length? Id like to add a bay and I am not sure how long I can make it and still stay under that "45" foot mark. Is there a website with all these limits listed on them??


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Re: Length of a bus?
Fri Mar 27, 2009 2:08 pm


Steve, they measure bumper to bumper plus any overhang if you get a jerk
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Re: Length of a bus?
Fri Mar 27, 2009 2:20 pm


Are forty five footers really forty five feet or are they 44 feet and some change, leaving room to play with the rules............really .....I have no ideal..but I would hate to have to get out the sawsall so they would let me on my way.....lol.......?

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Clifford, about the lead, do you think covering the whole floor is worth its weight to sound proofing gain. I don't mind doing it if I can be sure I wouldn't be over weight when I get done. Are the prev's using 4 lb lead from front to back???
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Re: Length of a bus?
Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:20 pm


Steve, I will measure my 15/45 this weekend and let you know. If you add one bay the same as you have now it will work out to be the correct lenght.

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Re: Length of a bus?
Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:31 pm


Wayne,

I don't think that would work since I stretched the engine compartment by a foot. I just want to make sure of the length and get all I can without wondering if I am to long to be legal.

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Re: Length of a bus?
Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:40 pm


Steve you are right I will measure and get back to you.

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Re: Length of a bus?
Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:49 pm


Thanks Wayne,
Any clue as to where I could pick up a roof rib outta a parted out 05. I wander if the ribs are the same in the 10s?


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Re: Length of a bus?
Fri Mar 27, 2009 7:05 pm


Steve,

The roof bows or carlines as we call them, are the same from a Model 05 to a Model 10.
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Re: Length of a bus?
Fri Mar 27, 2009 8:23 pm


Thanks Dan,
You or anybody know where there's a 5 or 10 with the roof peeled back that I could get a rib outta, somewhat quickly. I don't want to make a big project out of this stretch thing. I would just like to buzz, weld, and get back to skinning it.

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Re: Length of a bus?
Fri Mar 27, 2009 8:40 pm


Steve, my 05 is 39ft 10in bumper to bumper 40ft with the hitch.About the lead under the floors I have 1/8 in in my bedroom but not the whole bus and Prevost uses 1/16 in for the entire bus it does cut out the road nosie.I think 1/16 is about 1 lb per sf check www.rotometals.com for the weight on different thickness. FWIW if I was building a new bus it would be lead under the floor for the entire bus

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