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Old 05-08-2006, 01:30 PM   #15
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You're right. No street side door. Not sure why you would need a street side door since you would never park facing oncomming traffic. This one is certainly unique. Maybe the funeral coach order fell through and they changed it to a motorhome to get it sold.
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Old 05-08-2006, 05:14 PM   #16
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You're right. No street side door. Not sure why you would need a street side door since you would never park facing oncomming traffic. This one is certainly unique. Maybe the funeral coach order fell through and they changed it to a motorhome to get it sold.
Maybe the double doors were so someone could get on the other side, and give it a pull (or push) if it got tough to deal with from the curb side only.
I hear folks are dying to get into those coaches...
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The funeral coaches usually had a kitchen (sometimes a limted kitchen) and toilet but no shower.

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Old 05-08-2006, 07:48 PM   #18
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Maybe the double doors were so someone could get on the other side, and give it a pull (or push) if it got tough to deal with from the curb side only.
I hear folks are dying to get into those coaches...
My guess is that the street side door was to facilitate loading depending on which side of the coach the entrance to the church or funeral home was located in relation to the parked coach at the time.

I haven't seen the interior of many AS MH's but it looks like the corners are more square than I would have expected so the interior could have been added later perhaps using some modified AS cabinets from another coach or even manufacturer or custom made units. I most likely am wrong about the square corners though.
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Old 05-09-2006, 01:57 PM   #19
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There was a funeral coach for sale in Fla awhile back that was completely redone, with dinette, kitchen and more. It looked like a 345 with extra doors in the back.
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ummmm...... Whats a funeral coach?..... well i know what but oh can someone define this for me?
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I imagine it has great air conditioning!
Wouldn't that be heir conditioning?
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Old 05-10-2006, 07:58 PM   #22
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ummmm...... Whats a funeral coach?..... well i know what but oh can someone define this for me?
A funeral coach is one that is, obviously, owned by a funeral home, and has accomodations in the rear for a casket, usually by a large access door in the rear side. They also normally have multiple seating for family members to accompany the deceased to the cemetary, and possibly limited kitchen facilities.
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Yes, I agree.


(thought a CRYPTic response to the thread was in order here.)
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Wouldn't that be heir conditioning?
Only if it's paid for.
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Old 05-10-2006, 08:32 PM   #25
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The thing to remember is that the Commercial Division at AS made lots of different configurations in MOHO's in the 80's. Some as Funeral Coaches, some as rolling medical labs, some as astronaut crew transports.
The coach we're looking at is a little strange in that most of the FC's had two casket doors...why...who knows but certainly it is easier to unload from the appropriate side at the cemetary rather than have to circle looking for a place to land...er unload.
The very back of the FC's had a clamshell opening door/stair set / window. This area behind and above the casket chamber was the flower area.
In a lot of major metro areas a lot of folks just don't have cars and for a small funeral the AS FC was a one vehicle show for twelve passengers, the guest of honor, the flowers and Funeral Director / Driver.
In my 28' FC the casket chamber/flower area is now a walk through storage and hanging sample area. The washroom is phone booth size with a new toilet and a small vanity with tambor door. Opposite is a small refridgerator 120/12v/gas (alas no gas on board) and above it is the original and working just fine thanks, microwave oven.
What more could one ask for?
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The thing to remember is that the Commercial Division at AS made lots of different configurations in MOHO's in the 80's. Some as Funeral Coaches, some as rolling medical labs, some as astronaut crew transports.
The coach we're looking at is a little strange in that most of the FC's had two casket doors...why...who knows but certainly it is easier to unload from the appropriate side at the cemetary rather than have to circle looking for a place to land...er unload.
The very back of the FC's had a clamshell opening door/stair set / window. This area behind and above the casket chamber was the flower area.
In a lot of major metro areas a lot of folks just don't have cars and for a small funeral the AS FC was a one vehicle show for twelve passengers, the guest of honor, the flowers and Funeral Director / Driver.
In my 28' FC the casket chamber/flower area is now a walk through storage and hanging sample area. The washroom is phone booth size with a new toilet and a small vanity with tambor door. Opposite is a small refridgerator 120/12v/gas (alas no gas on board) and above it is the original and working just fine thanks, microwave oven.
What more could one ask for?
Frankly, the bath in my 370 is barely larger than a phone booth, and has the small vanity with tambor door. Hummm....
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Glen - glad to hear you are not sleeping in that back room...
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