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Old 09-03-2016, 02:20 PM   #1
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Damn Hurricane... Need some advice

So my bus handled the hurricane that came through my coast super well. I'm only about a mile from the beach and the winds were crazy. Huge winds, no problem. Sideways rain, no problem. Literally only a slight leak when the worst was coming through...
After the storm passes I come to see a giant branch has broken a passenger window. Luckily for some reason I had grabbed an extra sitting around from this other bus we ran into.
My QUestion is: Instead of keeping the bus windows, you guys think I should just cover with sheet metal? There's plenty of scrapper rvs to get Windows from here in FL. I absolutely hate the bus windows for everything besides the view and wouldn't miss them

Anybody know a rough a cost on the steel to cover all windows in theirs?
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Old 09-03-2016, 10:08 PM   #2
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So my bus handled the hurricane that came through my coast super well. I'm only about a mile from the beach and the winds were crazy. Huge winds, no problem. Sideways rain, no problem. Literally only a slight leak when the worst was coming through...
After the storm passes I come to see a giant branch has broken a passenger window. Luckily for some reason I had grabbed an extra sitting around from this other bus we ran into.
My QUestion is: Instead of keeping the bus windows, you guys think I should just cover with sheet metal? There's plenty of scrapper rvs to get Windows from here in FL. I absolutely hate the bus windows for everything besides the view and wouldn't miss them

Anybody know a rough a cost on the steel to cover all windows in theirs?
Shouldn't cost too much.
Get me a size and I can get it for you free.
I have some friends down in Sarasota so I could possibly even deliver it.
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Old 09-03-2016, 10:11 PM   #3
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Shouldn't cost too much.
Get me a size and I can get it for you free.
I have some friends down in Sarasota so I could possibly even deliver it.
Size on the amount of steel? Sorry I'm a bit confused! But, you're the man. I'll be in Orlando this weekend (twin brother goes to ucf)
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Old 09-04-2016, 06:37 AM   #4
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If you need a panel or two cut, I can probably get you whatever you need for free, but I usually have to wait a few days.
I can get you a price on whole sheets if that's what you're looking for.
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Old 09-04-2016, 06:41 AM   #5
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I'm looking to cover about 8 windows on each side, I'd have to measure but I'm guessing it's around 25 feet or so?
To be honest I don't even know what's a good price on it
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Old 09-04-2016, 06:45 AM   #6
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You have small prison windows, right?
You can go really cheap and easy and cover each one, or you can cover the whole of them with sheets cut to an appropriate width.
If you want option 1 I can get you covers cut out for free or next to nothing.
If you want whole sheets sheered to a specific width, I can get you a really good price monday or tues.

I have some decent used rv windows you can have, too, if you want them. Not sure on the sizes, they've been in storage for a while, but they're yours if you can put them to use.
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Old 09-04-2016, 03:26 PM   #7
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Man you're awesome! I think i'd go with the second option. The bottom of my windows have a metal cover across all of them thats riveted in, I'd remove that and sheet metal over the whole thing.
And I'd love the windows, lunch is on me!
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Old 09-04-2016, 03:59 PM   #8
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id go find scrap RV windows and keep the view.. otherwise your bus is gonna be dark and dreary and feel like a prison.. but yes id say anything is better than school bus windows
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Let me know what measurements you need and I can have them ordered and sheared to size for the wholesale cost of the steel.
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Old 09-04-2016, 04:46 PM   #10
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id go find scrap RV windows and keep the view.. otherwise your bus is gonna be dark and dreary and feel like a prison.. but yes id say anything is better than school bus windows
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My bus already looks like a prison !!!
There's a few campers being parted out in my area, plus eastcoast is a boss so finding windows won't be too hard!
Been studying up on the reskinning, my helper is my 5 foot 1 wife. So I'm thinking screwing in the sheet metal and then riveting?
Maybe I can make a jig with some jacks to hold it up too
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