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Old 02-19-2018, 06:00 PM   #1
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Flat ceiling question, concept.

So I have been thinking about my conversion I am getting ready to start and have a question.

I like a flat ceiling like a home would have in it. I am not overly fond of the roundish ceilings in the skoolies. I have search for other options and have found where people have taken the entire roof off, which I wouldn't want to do. I like the structural integrity of the roof, so that's not an option.

But....

Suppose I did a roof raise enough that the side walls were at my desired height of my ceiling and then I could span across from side to side with a flat roof. and still have my ceiling height.

This would also allow me to be creative with the Fantastic vents or sky lights I put in. It would also allow me a place to run a race way for wiring that may need to run front to back.

Has anyone done such a thing? Anything I am missing that makes this a bad idea?
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Old 02-19-2018, 06:13 PM   #2
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Besides finding a bus with a "not so round" roof (they exist, aside from city busses even) roof raise sounds like an alternative solution...

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Old 02-19-2018, 06:30 PM   #3
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Besides finding a bus with a "not so round" roof (they exist, aside from city busses even) roof raise sounds like an alternative solution...

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Well I will be doing a roof raise, but I am wondering is there anything I am missing.. Do the roof raise... Raise it enough to still have a 6.5 clearance on the side walls and then just do a flat ceiling across from side to side.

I am wondering will the vibrations and moving the bus affect a flat ceiling, that a roundish ceiling wouldn't have problems with...

My mind races with ideas, some good... some eh... lol
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There have been a few folks here and elsewhere that have gone the flat roof route. Seems to work fine once you add some headroom plus it leaves space for electric & ducting, etc..
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heres you a bus. flat roof (way more than most), tall windows so should be about 77-78" height i believe. no roof raise needed

edit- just noticed you already own a bus. may bad!
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https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?f...99&acctid=5213

heres you a bus. flat roof (way more than most), tall windows so should be about 77-78" height i believe. no roof raise needed

edit- just noticed you already own a bus. may bad!
That bus has a 77" ceiling with an AT545 transmission

(I looked it up)
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Old 02-20-2018, 01:28 AM   #7
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That bus has a 77" ceiling with an AT545 transmission

(I looked it up)
I own this exact model bus. (That's why I said there's school busses with not-so-round roofs)
It is also made in a transit/shuttle with the same chassis and body shape.

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Nat_ster's build thread was interrupted mid way but I think it went far enough to show a good idea for a flat ceiling.

I have had a similar thought. I am not sure if I want to raise the roof that much though. Still undecided.
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Or you could buy a box truck.
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Or you could buy a box truck.
Maybe it was a dream (I haven't slept much lately) but I swore I just recently saw someone debating on how to put a 40' box Trailer onto a bus frame. I'm trying to picture it, I think it would look neat seeing a full-sized bus as a cutaway...

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