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Old 01-16-2016, 01:02 PM   #1
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Raising the roof?

My first bus was a Ford/Collins DRW 4 window - the height at centerline was I think 78 inches. I am 74 inches tall so it was not too bad. I'm wondering if anyone has raised the roof on a skoolie and if so how they did it and how it turned out. I'm considering cutting the roof ribs and building a raised roof another 6 inches higher. Perhaps building in sky lights for additional daylight. Another option I've considered is lowering the floor - good deal of work involved there though.

Collins is one of the few manufactures in school buses with a high enough roof for me to stand up in. I've passed up some nice looking Ford/Thomas van buses because the ceilings are too low.
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Old 01-16-2016, 01:05 PM   #2
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use google to search for "skoolie roof raise".
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Old 01-16-2016, 01:22 PM   #3
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Check out my thread 3 foot roof raise in N AZ. Im still posting pics to get me to present day but you can see some of it. I also have videos all along the build on my FB page
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Old 01-16-2016, 07:02 PM   #4
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I'm 6' & raised mine 11.5 in
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Old 01-18-2016, 10:24 AM   #5
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I did a 16" raise, and at just about 5'11" I have plenty of headroom after putting 3.5" of insulation in the floor and 3.5" in the roof... If you do raise it I would go at least a foot up. Its a lot of work to do the raise but the results are well worth it.
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Old 01-18-2016, 02:14 PM   #6
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The thing that makes it hard is once you've decided to sink the time and money to do the raise, the marginal cost of each inch is almost zero. It's hard to limit yourself to something reasonable! I'm part-way through raising mine 16 inches. Up to around 24 inches would have cost essentially the same for my design, but I decided that was more height than I wanted.
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Old 01-18-2016, 06:40 PM   #7
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I can't decide. I'm going at least a foot but starting to think 16" may be ideal.
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Old 01-19-2016, 12:11 AM   #8
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My window openings are 24 1/4" top to bottom. I'm going to raise the roof 23 1/4" so that a 4' wide sheet of steel will fit with 1/2 " under the roof sheet. I think that is the best use of material. That will also give me 12" of tubing inside the hat channel above and below the cut. I think that will be plenty strong enough. Good luck.
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Old 01-19-2016, 05:59 PM   #9
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Correction. I was out working on the bus today and saw that 1/2" will not be enough. I need 2" above the bottom of the eyebrows so I will be raising the roof 21 3/4". Sorry for any confusion.
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Not to complain, cjnunn69, but you've posted the same post 4 times!
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