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Old 09-27-2018, 08:59 PM   #11
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Yea it's one of those things that I think looks harder than it actually is. If somebody is proficient in welding then I imagine it would not be as challenging as it seems.
My wife and I had a welder friend over and raised our roof simply, quickly, and painlessly in a day.
Its not as daunting as it seems. You can do it!
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Old 09-27-2018, 09:09 PM   #12
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Amazing! Thank you for your inspiration! Andddd...where does this welder friend live?! Lol
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Old 09-28-2018, 10:32 AM   #13
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Same story here. My ex and I did the lift in a weekend. Filling in the gaps took a bit longer.
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Old 09-29-2018, 02:12 PM   #14
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There must be 50 roof raising videos on You tube. I have watched most of them and it is about all the information you could possibly need.
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Old 10-08-2018, 01:22 PM   #15
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There must be 50 roof raising videos on You tube. I have watched most of them and it is about all the information you could possibly need.





What about insurance? I have hesitated to raise mine because of worrying about getting insurance afterwards due to it being structurally modified.
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Old 10-08-2018, 02:01 PM   #16
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Sorry I missed your post earlier! If you want to see a roof raise in southern Salt Lake county, send me a PM and we'll work out the details.

I stripped my Blue Bird down to the bare hat channels on both walls (kept the exterior roof skin intact) and raised it 16 inches at floor level. A local shop made hat channel extensions for me and I riveted it all together. Its current state is exterior sheet metal is in place and I'm prepping for paint. It's been in that state for a year, though.. I'll be thrilled if I get 1/4 of it painted before the weather turns too cold.

I keep telling myself that some day I'll get back to updating my build thread, but for now, finishing the bus is more important to me than keeping that thread up to date, so what limited time there is gets spent working with metal instead of photos and words. You can see a few photos with the skins removed starting around there.
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Old 10-08-2018, 02:52 PM   #17
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What about insurance? I have hesitated to raise mine because of worrying about getting insurance afterwards due to it being structurally modified.
No one from my insurance company asked, nor did they inspect the bus. I gave em the vin and they gave me my policy.

Don't ask won't tell...
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Old 10-08-2018, 05:13 PM   #18
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What about insurance? I have hesitated to raise mine because of worrying about getting insurance afterwards due to it being structurally modified.
I did insure my first bus with a roof raise and, like CB, nobody ever asked about it.

My suggestion, don't volunteer any details and don't lie about anything when you talk to your insurance agent.
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Old 10-08-2018, 05:47 PM   #19
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Who is your insurance company?
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Old 10-08-2018, 08:13 PM   #20
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Who is your insurance company?



It was National General, formerly GMAC, registered as a school bus and insured in 2010. I dropped the insurance at the end of August ,2017, when I moved from Las Vegas to AZ, turned in the NV license plates, and parked the bus on some land. Plan to resume if and when the bus is finished and registered as a RV. Don't know who the new company will be.


I had a really hard time finding a company the first time. The bus was parked in storage and insured for 7 years. Paid way more than the bus is/was worth for insurance and/or storage either one. Sad story - poor planning on my part (HOA gave me problems and I could not find a place to work on it - big enough with a 12 foot tall door and electricity that will let you work on it - for less than $1000 a month in Las Vegas) and lack of funds due to the down turn in the economy were the main culprits. Bottom line - make sure you have place to work on the bus before you buy it. I think this might be easier to do in the country or in small towns.





Plan was to get it done, retire, and enjoy traveling, tinkering, and prospecting for a while and then die.




Then, I thought retiring and moving to AZ would give me a place to work on it - no HOA or neighbors to complain (wrong about that too, seems you can't get far enough away from people to keep them from complaining - guess it gives them something to do), but I did not plan on the incessant and gusty winds here (big surprise)... also lots of dust/sand (no surprise). Now I need to build a building to work on the bus in. Once again, not enough funds, but at least I'm not wasting money on storage or insurance anymore. On the up side, I have electricity, a lot of people out here don't. On the other hand, there is not really "a lot of people out here".


Starting to look like I will get too old to work on it or just die of old age before it is done. Seems like I am going to have to forget the roof raise, scale back my other plans, and just do what I can in the middle of the desert or forget it altogether. Problem is that I am having a hard time giving up the dream and moving on.


Oh, well ....... that's a deep subject for a shallow mind.
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