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Old 03-08-2016, 12:59 PM   #21
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Have you priced replacement/repair ribs from the manufacturer? I bought mine that way from Blue Bird and they were fairly inexpensive. WAY cheaper than a grand. Maybe $300 bucks for enough to cut and splice.
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Old 03-08-2016, 01:26 PM   #22
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Just got a quote for making 26 36inch hat channels from 14 ga. The total estimate was just over $1000, which was more than what i was expecting. For folks who went the hat channel route, what did you pay?
The one complication is my hat channels are deeper than they are wide, so i had to search around a bit for a shop with the right break head, but i don't think that should affect the price that much.
I can have it made for the wholesale cost of the material.
LMK anyone in FL...
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Old 03-08-2016, 09:40 PM   #23
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I am planning my roof raise for this weekend. I was able to get 36 53" rectangular tube steel (2" by 1.5") for $100 from a steel yard an hour outside of Dallas. This gives me 7 inches of overlap on each end, and a 39 inch raise. I still need to purchase some 8 or 12 ft sections of 1" angle iron to use as trusses, but that should still be under $90. The only downsides are I have to build my counters around these beams which will be a little harder, and I will need to insulate them in a creative way. But I'm on a very strict budget and this will work without costing a lot.
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Old 03-09-2016, 12:20 PM   #24
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In the discussion about roof raise steel it looks like folks were paying about a third of the estimate i got. Looks like i need to find a new shop (or a new approach).

Anybody in AZ have any suggestions for a fabrication shop with an offset or gooseneck break head?

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f10/ro...ion-11915.html
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Old 03-10-2016, 08:07 PM   #25
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In the discussion about roof raise steel it looks like folks were paying about a third of the estimate i got. Looks like i need to find a new shop (or a new approach).

Anybody in AZ have any suggestions for a fabrication shop with an offset or gooseneck break head?

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f10/ro...ion-11915.html
How soon are you doing it? I will be in Alabama tomorrow and could get an estimate from the metal shop there. I won't be home until may though...
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Old 03-10-2016, 11:15 PM   #26
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I'll be raising the roof on mine in 3-4 weeks, thanks for the offer though. I like your approach of building it stronger than stock, especially when you consider the ribs will be walled over and inaccessible, you would never know you had a problem. I had considered fitting square tube inside and using the hat channel over the top but i think i'll be satisfied if i can just get the hc made in the next few weeks...
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Old 05-06-2016, 11:20 AM   #27
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Updates! Got the roof up. I'm satisfied with how it came together, there was a little movement once i cut it free, but not as much as I expected. I raised it 20'' in total.


I painted the hat channels which in hindsight, may have been a mistake. There would have been more sheer strength without the layer of paint in between the hat channels and the ribs. Thats my inexperience working with metal.


Fully cut


A look at the raise mechanism, mostly borrowed from nat's thread. I used the jack stand to support the scaffold when it had to be blocked up.


Just about there


A look at the doors, they came apart really nicely without having to damage the frame (much).



Putting the ribs in. Once I got it to height, the roof was sagging in the middle a little on the right side. I ended up securing both ends and then chasing the sag toward the middle, using a bottle jack here and there to get the correct height.




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Ok roof raise, check. I still intend to solid rivet through both sheet metal, rib, and hat channel.
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Old 05-06-2016, 11:44 AM   #28
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Damn that's a lot of work.

Any good parts on that S&S or the boat beside you?
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Old 05-06-2016, 11:47 AM   #29
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Damn that's a lot of work.

Any good parts on that S&S or the boat beside you?
The lady who runs the storage unit said that boat may be 'permanently dry-docked'. I joke that when I drive the bus out of here, i'm taking the boat with me for the next project!
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Old 05-06-2016, 02:33 PM   #30
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That would be slick. The whole boat and trailer. I like the way you think.

I was thinking you could probably drop the tanks on that S&S without to much trouble.
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