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Old 09-11-2019, 09:43 PM   #21
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Cars have convertible tops; Why not a skoolie? Any Ideas how this could be done? I would love to lie in bed and look at a winter's night sky.
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Old 09-11-2019, 09:55 PM   #22
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Love open air and blue sky? Just want to know if you have ever considered taking the pillars and roof totally off and replacing the roof with a thick canvas cover or awning? Yes, a convertible bus. . .
I would not be surprised if someone has done a convertible bus in the USA.
Iíve been scheming up ideas for shepherder wagon types of roofs.
The hippie buses had big roofs back in the day. Not hip these days it seems.
Pop ups make a lot of sense. Have you checked them out?
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:04 PM   #23
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Cars have convertible tops; Why not a skoolie? Any Ideas how this could be done? I would love to lie in bed and look at a winter's night sky.
I think the biggest issue would be properly insulating a bus with a canvas roof. But if you're gonna have the thing open in winter, that might not be relevant.

I think a roof deck with an air mattress would be easier than a convertible top.
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:21 PM   #24
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A Giat popup rooftop tent would be a great idea. Maybe the best of both worlds.
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Old 09-11-2019, 11:07 PM   #25
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I thought of replacing 3 or 4 roof panels with full Lexan sheets, but the heat coming through would be atrocious. I'll have to think of an insulated plug for each section.
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:16 AM   #26
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Fantastical ideas! Clear plastic tops can be trick. Thereís a custom RV builder near me who does amazing curved plastic on the front cabover bedrooms of his campers.
A large heavy welded aluminum hatch from a boat deck is what I got. Iím not that great with compound curves. Flat building and simple curves I can do lol. Itís 30Ēx53Ē and flat. I need to decide if Iím installing it today. I want to be able to create a ďsmall loftĒ for my binoculars and spotting scope out this hole.
Some advantages might be: emergency exit, huge ventilation, easier roof access, observation of sky, wildlife, sound (I enjoy nature sounds) etc., light (only if open).
Some disadvantages might be: extra framing for strength, potential leaks, heavy to open, bugs!, too much light (when open), rain (if left open).
I just realized that this big hinged lid might be fabricated and improved into a pop-up later when more time and energy is available. So Iím thinking of going ahead cutting in the lid. The vehicle is in a barn already. All the tools, epoxy, rivets, are there. Then Iím done wore out rebuilding the entire roof and may not do any more until next year. Iíll focus on making the inside useable this next.
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Old 09-12-2019, 12:44 PM   #27
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This isn't quite what was proposed with a boat, but... in March of this year in Salt Lake City I spotted this Blue Bird with a boat set onto/into the roof:
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Hopefully they removed the lower part of the hull; otherwise that would be a net loss of headroom to the interior.
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Old 09-13-2019, 02:22 PM   #28
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Cars have convertible tops; Why not a skoolie? Any Ideas how this could be done? I would love to lie in bed and look at a winter's night sky.



Maybe a sliding roof section. Slides front to rear or visa versa.
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Old 09-13-2019, 02:29 PM   #29
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I raise my roof on a 36 foot 97 Thomas rear engine and the guy showed me how to do it it was like really simple
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I wish I could find some advice on some good backup cameras I want to be able to see backwards forward and right and left anybody got any suggestions of some good quality that ain't too high-priced
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