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Old 09-14-2016, 05:12 PM   #11
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With age bonding materials will give up.
No matter what brand/grade it is.
Safety wise a permanent attachment should be used.
At a minimum
Rivets with adhesive.
It might be scary at first but get a small welder and play with it then the scare is gone?
Hands on is how to build anything you want.
Put your gloves on and teach yourself! The only one holding you back is you?
Maybe money I can understand money but for it to be something you never have to worry about again and move forward with it needs to be done correctly.
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Old 09-14-2016, 05:24 PM   #12
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if i recall, Lornashinske was contemplating a similar roof raise. i think she called it a transome roof?

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Old 09-14-2016, 09:55 PM   #13
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Welding is delightfully simple and forgiving. I am always amazed at how two clean surfaces and a welding rod just melt right together. Sorcery. lol
I wear lots of leather protection when i weld, including an old 70s leather jacket... hayyyy!
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Old 09-19-2016, 11:37 AM   #14
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Hi Guys

Thank you for the comments - Yes learning welding is something I see in my near future...

Ok - So my new idea is this..

I wanted to add a deck to my Skoolie anyway, so my question is, it is possible to use this as my new roof?

As this would be properly and structurally welded to the steel frame.
All I would be doing different is to simply remove the original roof.
Equals more headroom and less weight.

Do you think this is an option?
Of course I would have to box it in and waterproof it. But I would then have a taller stronger lighter bus. With the ceiling height I want and it would also be flat and not rounded.

I welcome any feedback or comments

Thank you
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