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Old 06-07-2012, 02:18 AM   #11
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I haven't been keeping track of costs, or my time, but I paid $75 a sheet for the metal (4'x10' 20ga). I'm pretty sure I used 4 sheets. I put 10 windows in altogether, 4 on the right side and 6 on the left side, including the driver window. Three of the windows cover two of the old openings (twice as wide as the original windows).

I don't have very good pictures, but here are a couple. I can take more if you want.

After the roof raise, before any skin or windows


After the right side is done


If you're ever out this way, I'd be happy to show you my progress so far, and how I did everything (just finished putting all the windows in).

As far as working on yours, it's unlikely because I have plenty of work already, and barely find time to work on my own bus. I might be able to help a little, or at least try to point you in the right direction. I would charge 25/hr if I did find time to work on it.

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Old 06-07-2012, 11:48 AM   #12
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Normally you can buy 18ga steel for $50 at Cherry City metals for a sheet if they have it in their recycle stack . I buy all mine from them, and mostly 18ga.

lowell roof raise looks good. There is another one around here somewhere with a 36" roof raise. Don't know how that one fits under trees in a campground. Have seen it in west salem.
I dont plan on raising mine, except to make it flat, because of the slides i am making. cides, im short and 78 in is fine.
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:31 PM   #13
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Good to know about Cherry City, chev49. I bought my metal at Farwest Steel, and that was the best price I could find anywhere for 4X10 sheets of cold rolled. I'll have to try them in the future.

I would recommend doing a simple roof raise like I did, even if you go higher than me, rather than moving the roof forward. Seems like moving the roof forward would just create many more places to leak and would be a lot more work. But to each his own, everybody has a dream! I'm sure it could be done well. I left my number up above, give me a call or text and we can set up a time to meet.

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Old 06-07-2012, 01:15 PM   #14
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thats probably about the best place to get the new steel.
i still have rounded edge rv windows and other stuff that im gonna scrap it no one wants it.
if one makes his own roof, i dont think it would leak if it was welded properly. and if i were doing it, i would use 18ga.
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:29 AM   #15
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We are leaning towards a metal roof raise vs a wooden one, with a loft in front for us and one in the back for our two kids, then a sun deck in between connecting the two....
My 2 cents: Glad you're inclined towards using steel. Stay away from wooden structures, unless you're keeping all of the bus's original steel ribs in place with just a small access hole for the upstairs. Wood is why sticks 'n staples RVs collapse in rollovers.

Check out the replies I got when I posted "Cross winds and roof raises." I got some good informative responses to it.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:02 PM   #16
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Please do not use conventional residential windows in a vehicle. "Plate" glass breaks into large sharp shards.

Some roof-raising info in the Millicent thread; link in signature. Good luck.
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:18 AM   #17
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Please do not use conventional residential windows in a vehicle. "Plate" glass breaks into large sharp shards.
Yes, yes. Just ask my Rottweiler. $500 for stitches. Went through her like a hot knife through butter. I replaced the window with custom made laminated glass. Much cheaper than $500. I bet not too many homes have laminated glass.
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Old 06-22-2012, 02:15 PM   #18
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thats what i looked for for the screen door installation. yup tempered glass! no shards of painful stabbing for me please!
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There are two kinds of safety glass: tempered and laminated.
When broken, tempered glass disintegrates into a million little "squares" that are relatively harmless. Tempered glass is used in door windows in cars.
When broken, laminated glass cracks, but the plastic layer in the middle keeps it in one piece. Laminated glass is used in windshields.

When cars were invented, most cars had open bodies for the first couple of decades. This was not because people enjoyed being cold and wet. It was because people hated being cut to mincemeat by broken glass.
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:58 PM   #20
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Even Henry Ford while riding in pre production model a...that's why those cars got safety glass..
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