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Old 07-24-2014, 01:09 PM   #11
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Re: Roof Raise - Building My Own Flat Roof

PM Das Mel about her opinion of the Flat Roof on her Class C! She has been fighting a slight sag coupled with a leak. As flat roof eventually sags over time. If you want to walk/sit on your roof, put a deck raised up above the roof. It will give you a bit of shading for the actual roof. I would avoid punching holes (potential leaks) in the roof as well. Make your deck removable so that you can perform maintenance on the roof that it will eventually require. Just my opinion. But I've been up on our roof. My latent fear of the sudden un-intentional contact with the terrain kicks in.
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Old 07-24-2014, 01:42 PM   #12
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Re: Roof Raise - Building My Own Flat Roof

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... I have this envision of raising the roof so the bus is at a maximum height of 13'6" (maybe less if I include the future addition of roof-top AC units), and turning the back door into a ramp.
Have you checked out the height a rooftop A/C unit adds to a roof? Usually a fraction under 14" high.

13'6" is the standard minimum for interstate highway clearance. Once you get off the interstates, that can and does change. I have low clearance POI collections for bridges that are 13'2" & below, 12'9"" & below, 12'6" & below, 12'4" & below. So you need to figure where you are going to travel. Don't forget that repaving can and does change the allowed height and it is not necessarily signed correctly. The POI's do not take into account the rural and not so rural roads with low hanging tree limbs and telephone/power lines.

This is the POI collection:
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Old 07-24-2014, 06:13 PM   #13
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I have a friend who turned a truck into a portable observatory for his homebuilt telescope.
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Please tell me your friend lives in Florida, too. I really want to meet him.

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PM Das Mel about her opinion of the Flat Roof on her Class C! She has been fighting a slight sag coupled with a leak.
I. HATE. My. Roof. HATE IT! Whomever came up with the STUPID idea of SANDWICHING CHIPBOARD between pieces of PLYWOOD for a ROOF out in WEATHER needs to have their KNEECAPS REMOVED. GAH! I've been fighting this leak for A YEAR AND A HALF! NOTHING I do fixes it for longer than the next rainstorm. And guess what? Now it's Monsoon Season.

There are. No words. For the amount. Of loathing.

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If you want to walk/sit on your roof, put a deck raised up above the roof. It will give you a bit of shading for the actual roof. I would avoid punching holes (potential leaks) in the roof as well. Make your deck removable so that you can perform maintenance on the roof that it will eventually require. Just my opinion. But I've been up on our roof. My latent fear of the sudden un-intentional contact with the terrain kicks in
^ Something I actually want to do on my Bus, for the shading of the roof and so I can have a higher 'ground for paintball cannons (I'm particularity EVIL when it comes to Trick-or-Treaters without a costume and red kool-aid during water balloon fights). A good way to do it is to essentially make a giant rollcage and attach the cage to the sides of the Bus (or in your case, the Boxvan, since the Boxvan may turn out to be your best bet). That way it's still removable, in sections for easy removal, and if something breaks you can fix it without tearing the whole thing apart.
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Old 07-24-2014, 07:17 PM   #14
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Mel, yes, he lives in Florida and he works for NASA. Unfortunately, he's about as friendly as a CARB board member on a bad day, trapped in a non-Californian Truck terminal. Yikes. Fully outfitted workshop inside a hanger. Argh!

As to your roof, do you have a secondary vehicle or is your rv your primary vehicle? If it is semipermanent, why not get one of those pole-barn tent kits and roof over your rv? You can get fence poles cut down to size to fit a narrower or shorter shape than the original, which are usually 10' x 20' footprint. Or you can cut down the existing poles. Whole thing can mount to the top of your craft, with no legs on the ground, so to speak.
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:31 PM   #15
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Mel, yes, he lives in Florida and he works for NASA. Unfortunately, he's about as friendly as a CARB board member on a bad day, trapped in a non-Californian Truck terminal. Yikes. Fully outfitted workshop inside a hanger. Argh!
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As to your roof, do you have a secondary vehicle or is your rv your primary vehicle? If it is semipermanent, why not get one of those pole-barn tent kits and roof over your rv? You can get fence poles cut down to size to fit a narrower or shorter shape than the original, which are usually 10' x 20' footprint. Or you can cut down the existing poles. Whole thing can mount to the top of your craft, with no legs on the ground, so to speak.
I'm in a campground. Can't build a polebarn until I get to FL and buy some land. I'll be selling it next year before we move back East so that I won't have to spend half my savings just to get it moved. So I'll fix the roof and the leak in the propane lines so that it won't blow up the next owner and that's it.
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Old 08-01-2014, 12:38 PM   #16
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Re: Roof Raise - Building My Own Flat Roof

I feel like Step-vans and box trucks don't really work for me.

I like the ~40ft length of the bus, the reliability of a fleet-maintained school bus, and the simple fact that: I've already got it (bought it for $1500 OTD ~7 years ago).

Money spent on a decent step van or box truck, could just be money spent on what I've already got and already know.

Who knows, maybe I'll keep (and raise) the stock roof and just build a deck on top.

Bah! Decisions, decisions...
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Old 08-01-2014, 03:34 PM   #17
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A roof raise with a deck above it is probably the best thing to do.

The deck would help serve as a heat barrier to the top of the bus, and help keep you much cooler.

And just raising the roof is probably a lot less work than having to fabricate a whole new roof. Of course, if you are ambitious enough... But you got the old roof right there...

Ah, decisions decisions. I am envious due to the fact that I am bus-less.

Good luck and have fun.
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Old 08-31-2014, 10:49 PM   #18
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We'll look/fix at the propane line when we get over there in Oct if you can last that long. I take it you aren't using the LP.

Make a list of everything we need to check out. Put the furnace on it too as I'm sure it needs to be cleaned out for the upcoming winter.
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Old 09-01-2014, 09:03 PM   #19
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Crown built such a beast--the only ugly crown I ever saw. Looks like they stuck a crown "cab" on a big box truck. I am sure it makes a wonder interior to work with, but oh man is it an ugly beast. One on CL in Denver right now if you want to see a pic. I am technically challenged when it comes to posting pictures.

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Old 09-01-2014, 10:31 PM   #20
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Function before form. That would be easy to build out thanks to all the square edges. To me it looks no more absurd than the current cut away dog nose school buses. It is certainly a one of (or so) a kind!
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