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Old 10-12-2018, 10:24 PM   #1
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Roof Raise Question

Hello,

I had a question on roof raises. I don't like the visual look of extending the roof so high as seen in some of the 20"ish type raises. We are thinking of keeping the original windows, and more importantly the visual style of the original school bus windows (not going to RV type windows).

The Two Nerds And A Bus conversion on YouTube was a roof raise, but the cut was made well under the existing window line, thus keeping the original window sizes in tact. A band of metal, probably a foot wide/high, was added as a belt to cover the cut area. This is one of the few that I have seen done this way.

Does anyone know if there are issues with doing it this way, and why this does not seem to be a very popular method of getting more head room but trying to maintain the look of a school bus?

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Unless you plan on installing oversized, RV windows, making the cut below the existing windows is a good choice. And as others here have noted, you wind up with windows that are closer to "eye level".
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Something like this is what we are thinking
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Something like this is what we are thinking
That's what I did.



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How do you keep the original windows from leaking like a sieve (thereby making any attempts at temperature control a mountain to climb)?

They are very inviting to summer heat and winter cold. They say, "Come on in, there's room for everyone".
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I like your logic about the windows. I think its done at window level since its easier to get to the posts, cut them and add to them. Down lower you have a ton of rivets and screws to get the inside panels off. maybe this pic helps your bus might be different? At the bottom of that wall, even with the plywood is the bottom of the fram loop. They have to get added to or set on a new.. higher framework i think.
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sorry i got this post mixed up with one lifting the whole wall up.
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How do you keep the original windows from leaking like a sieve (thereby making any attempts at temperature control a mountain to climb)?

They are very inviting to summer heat and winter cold. They say, "Come on in, there's room for everyone".
Are they really that bad? I'm ok with the thermal loss from the single pane, but if they inherently cant be sealed from air flow, that may be a different story.

An alternative might be to change them all out with similar looking RV windows.

The intent here is to maintain the look of a school bus (to the largest extent possible of course).
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Skoolie windows leak. They ALL leak. Air, water, bugs, antelopes, marmots, squid...everything!
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Skoolie windows leak. They ALL leak. Air, water, bugs, antelopes, marmots, squid...everything!
In all 5 buses I've had so far this has been TRUTH!
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