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Old 09-13-2019, 01:49 PM   #1
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Roof Choppy vs Integrity

So I've been thinking about chopping off the front roof of the bus to just behind the driver seat/cockpit area, lowering it to a few inches above seating head height (like a Class C or Super C), reinforcing it with a 1/8 tubular steel frame riveted and welded to the body, with a sheet of 1/16" steel plate as the ceiling.

I would run 20' one piece steel tubing from the front to the back, tying them, and the loft/overhang section, into the roof deck and bus superstructure with rivets, welds, bolts...

This would allow me to build a loft for sleeping above, with a Class C/Super C style overhang above the hood. Cutting the roof there would give me a foot+ extra vertical space for the loft, so raising the loft 3 feet over the bus roof, plus the additional foot plus below would be good headroom with a mattress.


Any ideas and/or opinions?



Here's what I am thinking of:
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Old 09-14-2019, 05:55 AM   #2
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That's bunch of work for somthing that probably be either floppy or compermize the rest. It's a bus not a skyscraper hope this helps
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Old 09-14-2019, 04:32 PM   #3
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That's bunch of work for somthing that probably be either floppy or compermize the rest. It's a bus not a skyscraper hope this helps



I don't see why it would be floppy if it is welded and bolted to the body. Also, it would rise 3' over the current roof. Plenty of people do a roof raise that approaches that.


Not sure it it will be worth it, but seems like it would be a good way to get 4' of room for the sleeping loft area.
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