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Old 03-20-2017, 01:09 PM   #1
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To raise the roof or not to raise the roof!? So indecisive!

Ok so we have been brainstorming for when we finally get a bus and have been writing down key points and decisions on how to go about our conversion. One major decision is whether or not we should raise the roof on our bus. I'm 5'11" and Mrs. Anarchy is 5'3". The fabrication skills are there for sure! Money is not a huge factor either as the materials to do this are cheap enough. It comes down to whether or not we want to invest the time and what benefits will it give us over just leaving things as is? So many other people get by with just a regular bus. So why is this constant back and fourth bugging me so much? Thoughts?
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Ok so we have been brainstorming for when we finally get a bus and have been writing down key points and decisions on how to go about our conversion. One major decision is whether or not we should raise the roof on our bus. I'm 5'11" and Mrs. Anarchy is 5'3". The fabrication skills are there for sure! Money is not a huge factor either as the materials to do this are cheap enough. It comes down to whether or not we want to invest the time and what benefits will it give us over just leaving things as is? So many other people get by with just a regular bus. So why is this constant back and fourth bugging me so much? Thoughts?
I'm 5'11". My bus had 6" and a little change before I raised the roof. Even if I were 4'11" I'd do it again. I went on the sensible side and only went up ten inches. It feels like a whole new bus.
Its your decision. Do what works best for you.
I have a daily driver/weekend warrior short bus I'm leaving pretty much the way it came from the school. But the one I raised the roof on is a forty footer we plan to spend at least half the year in possibly, so it was always in the plan to raise the roof. I almost talked myself out of it and I'm SOOOOO glad I went ahead and did it.
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:40 PM   #3
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I was planning on raising the roof in mine just to make it feel more comfortable. Even though I know I'm not going to hit my head, I find myself walking inside with my head dropped because I only have a little under 2 inches of head clearance.

Then my wife suggested raising the windows with the roof. I'd never considered doing that until she thought of it, but it's a great idea. While standing, it allows you to see more out the windows than just the ground outside the bus. It also gives you enough room under the windows to fit cabinets and countertops with backsplash without overlapping the bottom of the windows.
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If you have the time, resources and friends you should do it. Raising the roof is the most practical way to properly insulate your bus and provide a thermal break. However, if you are short on time or resources, you are short enough that you can probably get away with leaving it as is.

I'm 6'3" and I did not raise my roof, I am now practicing a wider stance in preperation for living in the bus. I'm cool with it, but it would be way cool to have the extra space. No big deal though, I don't spend much time standing at home anyway, and I have a deck on my roof which could complicate clearance issues.
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Rameses; I couldn't agree more about raising the windows with the roof. Past threads have referenced a weight issue changing the center of gravity, but many people dump most of the windows as they tin over the raise.
Good move. Very interested.
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Thanks for the feedback guys. I guess it's gonna have to happen. I do love the idea of being able to stretch out
If I did a raise, I'd raise it around 20"
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Raise without a doubt. Raise every single time.
The extra room is well worth it, the look of it is well worth it, everything about a lift is worth it.
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I find myself walking inside with my head dropped because I only have a little under 2 inches of head clearance.
I was in the same boat before raising my roof. Give it some time and you'll notice hair stuck under the rivets/screws. ☺️ some work boots are tall enough that my head would jam into the ceiling, leaving my precious hair behind
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I was in the same boat before raising my roof. Give it some time and you'll notice hair stuck under the rivets/screws. ☺️ some work boots are tall enough that my head would jam into the ceiling, leaving my precious hair behind
I have a propensity for hitting my head on things, so I always wear a hat when I'm doing work type stuff. It's amazing the difference a layer of cloth makes in how much damage is done.
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Rameses; I couldn't agree more about raising the windows with the roof. Past threads have referenced a weight issue changing the center of gravity, but many people dump most of the windows as they tin over the raise.
Good move. Very interested.

The windows don't weigh enough to make a noticeable difference in the COG.

Even if it was, most of us are hanging 1,000 lbs of water and batteries under the frame. That's way more than enough to offset the difference.
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