Originally Posted by reb336
... I bought Galey's Bus Conversion Bible and he recommends only raising the roof 6-9 inches. I realize he is working with coach type buses that probably have more headroom to start.
I may be getting off topic, but am also considering a slide-out. ?
I have Galey's book. We had an Eagle bus that we were going to convert. And I spent several years reading & posting on the coach forums. There is a lot of stuff that I do not agree with in his book (like using cabinet drawer slides for a slideout... he is wrong... drawer slide load rates are based on a maximum width). Unless you do some heavy duty re-enforcing, only an Eagle/Prevost have frames that you can easily insert a slide out. Prevost bought the last 2 Eagles off the factory floor when Eagle shut down. Prevost then started manufacturing Prevosts using much of the Eagle technology including their frames. Eagle was recently reopened and is back manufacturing Eagle Coaches (entertainers, etc). And Eagle sidewall frame is made up of 2X2 steel tubing. The diagonals make this framework extremely strong and stable.
I do not think any of the skoolies have the diagonal cross bracing. I would not think that a slideout is worth the expense and money when you consider you are only gaining 18" to 24". Slideouts also are prone to problems. Not worth it to me.