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Old 03-08-2016, 06:18 PM   #1
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Raising roof or not to raise roof

After reading more than a few posts I can see that the roof raising is very ewll covered here. Lots of friendly advice on how to and pros/cons.

How tall is the standard ceiling? I am looking at the International AmTrans 84 passenger. Being 6'1" I thought I was ok, but now I am a little worried with insulation and after a finished ceiling I may have clearance issues.

By the way, has anyone raise part of a roof, like maybe the back half? Make sort of a Scenic Cruiser from the past.
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Old 03-08-2016, 07:07 PM   #2
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Yep, lots of folks have done partial raises. I will be. THe rear 3/4 of my bus.
At your height, you may as well just plan to raise. I'm only 5'10 and I feel I NEED that headroom.
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Old 03-08-2016, 08:08 PM   #3
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So you're saying I may not hit my head but will have that urge to duck all the time?

Funny you say that to me EastCoast, I was a submariner....lol. I have scars from watertight hatches.
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Old 03-08-2016, 09:15 PM   #4
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I recently took a job (for three weeks) at a greenhouse. It was set up for, ahem, much shorter folks than me. I hit my noggin on something BADLY at least once or twice a day.
The pipes for the LP were bad!

I could only imagine being tall in a sub... Must've been a real pain.
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Old 03-08-2016, 10:22 PM   #5
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I was on a carrier but the WT hatches are not much bigger than a subs. We had a chap who was 6'9 or so and after a few too many visits to sick bay, he was given special permission to wear a hard hat anytime below decks. You guys probably have similar scars.
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Hey Paul, I was a submariner myself. USS ALASKA SSBN 732 Blue crew. 2008-2013.
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How tall is the standard ceiling? I am looking at the International AmTrans 84 passenger. Being 6'1" I thought I was ok, but now I am a little worried with insulation and after a finished ceiling I may have clearance issues.
I'm six foot, with an '03 Amtran RE with 12" windows. I did a floor test last summer, and figured I could get away with 2.5" on the floor before I'm brushing the ceiling.
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You must have had cold feet during the winter.
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I'm still fighting myself on this one. I am going to make the decision once I'm done reinforcing my floor supports. I am also 5'10", ceiling is 6'1". I know once the sub floor and new ceiling are in, I will most likely have the "ducking" sensation as well. My only reasonable question for mine is how much standing will I really be doing in it??
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The clearance in my bus vs my height led to feeling my hair brush the ceiling sometimes, especially when walking at a quick pace down the aisle. I had a really hard time suppressing the reflex to tilt my head sideways to duck down a little bit. If I spent much time in the bus it resulted in a sore neck that could take a while to clear up. I knew I'd be losing some height to insulation, too.

Between those and really wanting to make 3-level bunk beds to reduce the floor footprint of sleeping areas, I decided I'd have to overcome my concerns and just do the raise.
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