Originally Posted by MuddaEarth
I totally recommend doing the raise.....It's not difficult, just a lot of work. Follow my thread if you'd like.....I'm putting together very simple, informative YouTube videos, and also pictures of the process.
I agree. I did a 23 inch roof raise using nothing more than two 5 foot scaffold frames and a few 2x4's.
Lifting it with the scaffold frames required no building special lifting tools, and scaffold is available everywhere for sale and rent. I only needed mine for 2 days, it could have been done in one day. Not that this mattered to me, as being a building contractor I always have scaffold around.
To me a bus is not fit to live in full time without the roof raise. After you lift the roof, you will have room for the following.
- Stand and look out your windows.
- Move your entry door anywhere you like on the bus.
- Move your entry door to floor height. This gains 9 square feet of floor room in your bus.
- Room for proper ventilation. Now heat can escape out the windows before pushing down into the living space.
- Space to install full size upper cabinets for storage space. You can never have to much storage.
- Room to properly insulate the floor and ceiling.
- Space to vault the ceiling. This removes the claustrophobia effect of small spaces. Your living space no longer looks like a square box.
- Room to install counter tops at the proper height without a window in the way. Window bottoms can be raised to 6 inches above the counter top like they are meant to be.
And the list go's on and on.
My thread for reference.