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Old 08-21-2016, 05:02 PM   #1
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Roof Raise

Watching a lot of tutorials etc and everyone seems to raise and redo their roofs in different spots.
Below the windows, above the windows, in the middle of the windows.....both above and below.
Thoughts??

Are there structural reasons for the differences? Or cost differences?
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Old 08-21-2016, 06:22 PM   #2
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Watching a lot of tutorials etc and everyone seems to raise and redo their roofs in different spots.
Below the windows, above the windows, in the middle of the windows.....both above and below.
Thoughts??

Are there structural reasons for the differences? Or cost differences?
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Old 08-21-2016, 06:39 PM   #3
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I am nearly ready to do my lift.
I have to reskin the outside of my bus.
So, part of my lift is lowering the actual exterior body of the bus.
Adding a mid-beam for surface mounting of sheet metal panels.
Then measuring the different to fit two full 4 foot sheets of steel.
So far, I will be lifting roughly 14 inches.
I will cut the ribs the same height from the floor.
Roughly in the middle of where the windows used to be.

I have heard people saying staggering the cuts adds strength.
Other people say it doesn't matter.
Personally, I am going to cut the ribs at whatever level is comfortable for me.

I am confident with my welding and bolting to secure the ribs after the lift.

Do whatever you think is best. You will get a feel for it once, you get closer. My plans have changed about a hundred times since, I bought my bus and started actually ripping it apart.

Good luck, hope it goes well.
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Old 08-23-2016, 12:34 AM   #4
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you have probably already seen mine, "3 foot roof raise in norther az" mine is a Thomas safety line and I cut mine below the window through the studs and the skin because I was keeping the original windows(much to may skoolie bloggers shigrin).

if I where to do it again i would still cut the stud below the window but i would leave the skin intact and just air hammer all the rivites off so the skin stays with the lower section. think of the skin and the skeleton as 2 separate entity and they do not have to separate at the same place.

The main reason I would stay below the window is on my Thomas there is a very slight bend at the base of the window, so the studs are parallel below the window but above the window they are slightly bent in. when you cut and lift your new stud extension wont fit properly as apposed to cutting and lifting on the parallel portion where everything will measure up and fit proper.

PM me if you need visual aids, not sure if any of my vids go over that.
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