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Old 10-03-2016, 07:40 PM   #11
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What gauge sheet metal would be ideal?
How would one attach it? Epoxy? Screws? Any other adhesive that is used?
I read about butyl tape. I'm assuming folks use that with self tappers to attach their sheet metal?

Why does any one even remove these to block them off? Why not leave them and maybe use them?
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Old 10-03-2016, 07:45 PM   #12
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Why does any one even remove these to block them off? Why not leave them and maybe use them?
My AC units will be mounted in at least 1 of them
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Old 10-03-2016, 07:58 PM   #13
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I was using portable dual hose a/c units. I read there more efficient not having the sun on them.

I was hoping to use the exit hatches to vent some air or maybe even get access to a storage roof rack? with a ladder.
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Old 10-03-2016, 08:04 PM   #14
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Why does any one even remove these to block them off? Why not leave them and maybe use them?
They're chintzy as hell, they're horrible for heat and cold, and they leak horribly.
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Old 10-03-2016, 08:08 PM   #15
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They're chintzy as hell, they're horrible for heat and cold, and they leak horribly.
Is there a rv vent that size out there? Maybe I'll find a marine Hatch. I was hoping to go through this hole to get on the roof.

In stopped rush hour I was planning on stepping up there so i could look down on every one and give them hand singles.

Question can you walk on the roof with out denting it?
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Old 10-03-2016, 08:18 PM   #16
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Not a vent that I've been able to find that size. I think the common hatch size is 24x24.
Do you have Instagram?
There's an account called: biglarrybus

Story short, large roof raise, a gas strut roof vent, and stairs to a crazy rooftop deck.

Give him a check, he's pretty cool and closest I've seen to the quality and what you'd want to do
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Is there a rv vent that size out there? Maybe I'll find a marine Hatch. I was hoping to go through this hole to get on the roof.

In stopped rush hour I was planning on stepping up there so i could look down on every one and give them hand singles.

Question can you walk on the roof with out denting it?
There are similar sized roof hatches available for rv's and buses, but as far as I know they're not a direct fit and would still need a panel to fit properly.
I've found em in 22x22 and 26x26.
The ones that come on our buses are crapola, though.
You can walk on the roof, but yo'll wanna stay on the ribs. I've seen several buses with two rows of dents goin down the roof from folks walking on em.
How much you weigh can be a factor, too.
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And you can walk on your roof gingerly, when I'm up there cleaning the panels I step where there's visible rivets on the ribs.
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Old 10-03-2016, 08:27 PM   #19
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And you can walk on your roof gingerly, when I'm up there cleaning the panels I step where there's visible rivets on the ribs.
So if a guy was to put a rack on the roof and go through this vent you would want it to be right next to the hatch. I'm off to have crazy charlies roof rack?

Is a roof platform to much if I don't have a band? You just cant hide them with a oval roof. This is either what all bus's should look like aspire not to be?
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Old 10-06-2016, 11:08 PM   #20
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I replaced both my hatches with 14ga galvanized steel. I cut it so that it overlapped by two inches, ran butyl tape around it, and then fastened it with self tapping screws every 3 inches. No leaks so far!
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