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Old 04-24-2015, 12:46 PM   #11
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I will draw a diagram when I get time later.
I think that's an interesting suggestion -- a crazy-high lift, which nets about 10 feet of interior height, then build a loft inside by splitting the vertical space into maybe 6'6" and 3'-something" (allowing for thickness of the floor-ceiling). Hey, maybe you could put a balcony in there!
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Old 04-24-2015, 01:23 PM   #12
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What about what this guy did - remember this video posted recently on another thread?
Man Turns Garbage Truck into Unbelievable Boat RV | Mega RV Countdown | ulive

Go to 1:54 in the video.

Instead of going double-high for the whole thing, he built "down" just for the bunks. I've been thinking about doing the same thing - on one side, where you'd normally have belly storage, setting up a 6'-8' section that goes "down" into what would normally be that storage bay. I'd frame it with angle-iron and insulate its floor and walls the same way as the rest.

You wouldn't get nearly as much space out of this as a full lift/drop, but I think it would be a lot easier to engineer a single reasonably-sized bay. For me, that would be the kids' bunks, to fit one more bunk into that area.

I wouldn't want anybody in there while traveling in case you get T-boned but it seems like an easy win if you just want more interior storage or an extra bunk.
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Old 04-24-2015, 01:52 PM   #13
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I think that's an interesting suggestion -- a crazy-high lift, which nets about 10 feet of interior height, then build a loft inside by splitting the vertical space into maybe 6'6" and 3'-something" (allowing for thickness of the floor-ceiling). Hey, maybe you could put a balcony in there!
You visualized my description well.


Simple diagram.



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Old 04-24-2015, 05:07 PM   #14
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There is an american boat builder that designed and built an rv for traveling all over the world, he did same thing and even has a Japanese soaking tub...they spent a year in Europe on shake down run
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The video I linked to... it IS that guy.
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Your right, the garbage truck title threw me off, it was a custom cab chassis new from the factory

Weird title kickazz vehicle....
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Old 04-24-2015, 11:16 PM   #17
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This guy did a nice job on the interior and I like the hatch opening on one end to access the roof.

Lowering an area reminds me of the homes in the north with "sunken living rooms".
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Old 04-25-2015, 01:12 PM   #18
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I was thinking the ladder in the "well" that accessed the bunks (one lowered, two above it) could do double-duty going up to a roof hatch and a roof deck. A roof deck is definitely part of our plan. We travel to / stay in a lot of places with amazing views, and you don't see them from the ground. It's amazing what the world looks like from 12' up... It's a perfect spot to have a glass of wine, play Yahtzee, or just chit-chat.
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Old 04-25-2015, 01:21 PM   #19
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I feel the same about roof decks.

I love heights and I love great views. This is why roofing is one of my favorite forms of work.

Even with my bus lifted the extra foot, the view from inside is better.

However from the roof it's amazing. The added three feet made the difference.

I'm going to have quick mounts for a few marine seats for when we are parked, so they don't blow off in the wind.

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I am building a deck on my B700, using the luggage rack as a foundation. I've built the sides to fold down without losing strength. The problem now is a folding 16 ft. staircase with rails. If you are interested in how to configure the support posts, let me know and I'll post photos.
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