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Old 02-13-2017, 12:31 PM   #1
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Windows in the roof?

Found this while looking for resources about putting windows in the top of the bus for sunlight. Very interesting use of a bus!

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Here is the photo of the windows! Anyone else put windows in the roof or have feedback about it?

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Old 02-13-2017, 12:38 PM   #2
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That looks cute and admits a lot of natural light, but I wouldn't do it. Skylights have always been an invitation for leaks. Besides, I'll be covering much of my roof with solar panels.
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I put a Lewmar 70 series ocean hatch in after removing the original escape hatch. It worked perfectly and I only had to enlarge the original opening by about 1/2".

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I put a Lewmar 70 series ocean hatch in after removing the original escape hatch. It worked perfectly and I only had to enlarge the original opening by about 1/2".

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Oh man!! I did not even think to look at the marine application market! Thanks for the tip!

I have a crazy idea - and yes, I agree that windows in a roof are generally inviting trouble, but I am also ok with that risk as we can always just rivet metal back over the hole, lol.

My idea is this, what if you were to cut a channel down the middle of the bus, say 3-3.5' wide, and then raised the roof 12-14 inches, then cover the whole thing in tempered safety glass (Yes, I know this would be crazy expensive, but we are dreaming here). My thought is that you could then have a sort of mobile green house on the top of the bus!
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Mmmmm...a 3-1/2' gap down the middle of ribs and sheetmetal doesn't leave much in the way of structure. And I would hardly consider any kind of glass as structural.
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Mmmmm...a 3-1/2' gap down the middle of ribs and sheetmetal doesn't leave much in the way of structure. And I would hardly consider any kind of glass as structural.
I guess I should have elaborated that I would likely leave the ribs (or maybe every other one) intact the full length of the bus, I would just remove the skin needed to create openings. It is my understanding that buses are seriously over engineered for safety and when compared to a TT or other RV. Do you think removing the panel section and then inserting cross bracing between the ribs would address the structural support of the missing panel?
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Old 02-13-2017, 01:48 PM   #7
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I put a Lewmar 70 series ocean hatch in after removing the original escape hatch. It worked perfectly and I only had to enlarge the original opening by about 1/2".

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Wow, I thought that was a good idea until I priced out the hatch! $950 is a little steep for me...
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If you watch on ebay they come up much cheaper ocasionally. I think I paid about $550 for mine.

But then the Ocean skyscreen on the bottom side will get the price back up.

Its a nice install though.

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