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Old 08-04-2018, 01:45 PM   #1
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Tall roof raise.... Why?

Hey Everyone,

I think many of us are here because of the flexibility and freedom to build a rig that suits each of our individual wants and needs.

I chose to raise the roof on my bus 10" in order to gain headroom, accomodate insulation and add to the "sense of space". For me 10" meets my needs very well.

I have seen a handful of builds here with plans for a 24"-36" raise and wonder what the motivation is for going that high?

How do you take advantage of the additional height?

Thanks for indulging my curiosity
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Old 08-04-2018, 04:24 PM   #2
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Hey Everyone,

I think many of us are here because of the flexibility and freedom to build a rig that suits each of our individual wants and needs.

I chose to raise the roof on my bus 10" in order to gain headroom, accomodate insulation and add to the "sense of space". For me 10" meets my needs very well.

I have seen a handful of builds here with plans for a 24"-36" raise and wonder what the motivation is for going that high?

How do you take advantage of the additional height?

Thanks for indulging my curiosity
I often wonder how much they've driven a bus before deciding on these heights.
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Old 08-04-2018, 04:32 PM   #3
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I thought cathedral ceilings in my home would be cool, until it came time to heat and cool those 16' ceilings. I can see very little advantage other than head room and a bit of overhead storage to have to go that high. Here's one of those time where being short is an advantage.
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Old 08-05-2018, 10:07 AM   #4
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I see that I am not the only one who is wondering "why?"......
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I see that I am not the only one who is wondering "why?"......
I already have clearance problems with my regular buses when driving around. Low branches are the worst.
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Old 08-05-2018, 11:26 AM   #6
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Each Individual has their own reasons for going "high", I'll try to explain mine.

It really boils down to form following function. As I have pointed out a couple of times on this forum, Angie and I plan to live full time in our bus when we retire in 5 years. For the first few years at least we plan to be off-grid as much as possible on public lands. The biggest limitation as to how long you can stay in the boonies by far is water ( especially when the occasional shower is part of the grand bargain with your bride ). To that end I plan on around 240-250 gallons of water storage. That means up to a ton of weight, and I just don't feel comfortable suspending that kind of weight under the bus. From about eight feet from the back of the driver seat to the the back of the bus I will be building a 12" high false floor that will allow me to put 3 80 gallon water tanks inside centered on top of the frame. The rest of the space underneath will used for batteries, plumbing, electrical paths, and storage via trap doors. The front 8 feet will be a sunken living room with a full 8 ft plus ceiling. The final lift size was limited by the 60" limit of 5x10 sheet stock. 1/2" above and below the rivet lines gave me 27". With the false floor my effective raise inside is 15" for most of the floor space.

Doing this also gives me room under the bus for long term storage items, as well as room for a slide out work bench and tools for my various hobbies, as well of course for a sizable grey tank.

As EastCoastCB pointed out, it isn't all roses. There is no doubt going to be limitations as to where I can go, but with diligent planning and scouting we'll find plenty of options.

Anyhoo, thats how I ended up with a 12 foot plus bus.

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Each Individual has their own reasons for going "high", I'll try to explain mine.


Anyhoo, thats how I ended up with a 12 foot plus bus.

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So you essentially did a roof and floor raise. Did you end up with 15" more headroom, or was the total lift 15"? 15" is reasonable and not fall into the "tall" roof raise of 24-36".
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Old 08-05-2018, 11:47 AM   #8
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15" more headroom..the total lift was 27". The sunken living room in the front gets the full monty lift .

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Old 08-05-2018, 12:13 PM   #9
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Each Individual has their own reasons for going "high", I'll try to explain mine.

It really boils down to form following function. As I have pointed out a couple of times on this forum, Angie and I plan to live full time in our bus when we retire in 5 years. For the first few years at least we plan to be off-grid as much as possible on public lands. The biggest limitation as to how long you can stay in the boonies by far is water ( especially when the occasional shower is part of the grand bargain with your bride ). To that end I plan on around 240-250 gallons of water storage. That means up to a ton of weight, and I just don't feel comfortable suspending that kind of weight under the bus. From about eight feet from the back of the driver seat to the the back of the bus I will be building a 12" high false floor that will allow me to put 3 80 gallon water tanks inside centered on top of the frame. The rest of the space underneath will used for batteries, plumbing, electrical paths, and storage via trap doors. The front 8 feet will be a sunken living room with a full 8 ft plus ceiling. The final lift size was limited by the 60" limit of 5x10 sheet stock. 1/2" above and below the rivet lines gave me 27". With the false floor my effective raise inside is 15" for most of the floor space.

Doing this also gives me room under the bus for long term storage items, as well as room for a slide out work bench and tools for my various hobbies, as well of course for a sizable grey tank.

As EastCoastCB pointed out, it isn't all roses. There is no doubt going to be limitations as to where I can go, but with diligent planning and scouting we'll find plenty of options.

Anyhoo, thats how I ended up with a 12 foot plus bus.

Casey
Thank you Casey,

That makes sense to me.

Where are you located? I am in Dayton. If you are not too far away, I would love to come and see your bus.

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Old 08-05-2018, 12:19 PM   #10
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Hi Steve,

I am 25 miles west of Yakima, around 25 miles from the summit of Chinook pass on hwy 410. Be happy to have you if your out this way.

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