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Old 08-07-2015, 06:55 PM   #331
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Lori and I have been talking about the whole roof raise and basically did a "pro and con" list for doing the raise and not doing the raise. One of the primary reasons for building this bus was a tiny home for the two of us to live in. Within that vision we would be boondocking more often than not while away from our homestead. There are two primary reasons for the roof raise. One is shower height and the other, stepwell intrusion into the floor plan. The number of steps is fixed by the floor height. The only difference is whether steps inside or out. While I have no issue with the actual fabrication aspect of this modification, I have always had concerns with the overall structural integrity of a roof raise, especially when driving on dirt roads back in the boonies. Nat mentioned the same in the last post. I've even had some lengthy conversations with my son (a mechanical engineer trained in the shipping industry and works in the steel industry). So, that being said, we're leaning toward leaving the stock body mostly intact with the exception of moving the entry door. To deal with the lack of shower height I'm looking into installing a bubble skylight to give things a bit more headroom and mounting the shower floor directly on the metal subfloor with a proper marine bedding material. A removable stepwell cover will keep us from baking an ankle on the way to the gallery in an early morning fog to make coffee. I'd like to hear from folks on both sides of this issue. If you left the stock height, are the stepwell and shower even viable concerns? Did raising the roof add "wiggle" to the body?
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Old 08-07-2015, 07:40 PM   #332
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I don't have the skills to do a roof raise, so I did not try, which is not to say that it should not be done. Also, I'm kinda not so tall, so the shower thing did not give me a concern ... but I also think it's a matter of what fits your needs. Give some concerns about how much time you will be in the shower versus the overall plan for your living needs and the height for just living in it and I think that may give you a good direction
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Old 08-07-2015, 07:44 PM   #333
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I did not raise the roof. I can stand slightly bent for the time I shower. It may help me get out of taking longer showers. Mine has a built in seat anyway so we won't be standing all the time, every time. Yes, it might be a nice addition to be able to stand straight up while rinsing but I don't stand straight up for long in the shower. In the rest of the bus, my height is fine and I am 6'1" which matters too.
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Old 08-07-2015, 08:14 PM   #334
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I can live with a short shower for now. And for the same reason as HolyBus
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Old 08-07-2015, 09:32 PM   #335
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Being only 5'8", a roof raise for me is not necessary. When I get a smoking hot girlfriend that is 6'4", I will worry about a roof raise. What concerns me more is compromising the structural integrity of the body structure. There are many members here that have the abilities to make it happen and we have seen their threads. There are some that should probably stick to hanging a picture with Velcro. I know you are capable but I think you really need to want a roof raise to make it happen if that makes sense.

Did you find a spot for you tools? I finally picked up my bumpers. I think one would look good on a flat front. The center section is made from 1/2" plate.
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Old 08-08-2015, 06:17 AM   #336
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Being only 5'8", a roof raise for me is not necessary. When I get a smoking hot girlfriend that is 6'4", I will worry about a roof raise. What concerns me more is compromising the structural integrity of the body structure. There are many members here that have the abilities to make it happen and we have seen their threads. There are some that should probably stick to hanging a picture with Velcro. I know you are capable but I think you really need to want a roof raise to make it happen if that makes sense.

Did you find a spot for you tools? I finally picked up my bumpers. I think one would look good on a flat front. The center section is made from 1/2" plate.
I'm 5'-10" and Lori shorter than I. The height has never been much of a concern with her, other than wanting ceiling fans.

1/2" thick? WOW!! That beast has got to be heavy!! It'll be fun to see it on your bus. Keep us posted with pics!!
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Old 08-08-2015, 10:47 AM   #337
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I finally picked up my bumpers. I think one would look good on a flat front. The center section is made from 1/2" plate.[/QUOTE]

Yep there you go again teasing me with that bumper
I am now watching go liquidation for one!

Man, that is awesome.
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Old 08-08-2015, 10:50 AM   #338
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Bad ass! And once you get the rest of the armor plate installed it should be REALLY cool.

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Old 08-08-2015, 11:02 AM   #339
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Bad ass! And once you get the rest of the armor plate installed it should be REALLY cool.

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Slightly used 20mm Vulcan M61
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Is that off of an A-10?
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Old 08-08-2015, 12:08 PM   #340
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Is that off of an A-10?
Nah, it's too small. M-61 off of an F-104/105/4E/14/15/16/18/22/35
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