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Old 06-10-2015, 12:50 AM   #1
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wooden roof adition? how to?

I've got an old 1965 shortie (16 ft) bus GMC that I wish to turn into an office or shop. My idea is to build a wooden roof right on to the top of the bus. The roof would a) keep it cool b) minimize leakage (there is some) and c) look super cute.
The bus will not really be on the road much, although it may get moved from time to time.
Has anyone done anything like this?
I'm looking for pictures showing clearly where to begin.
I'm not super construction savy and don"t know how to weld, but could possibly hire help if needed.
I am also willing to learn and give it a really good shot myself if it seems realistic.
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Old 06-10-2015, 01:19 PM   #2
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You might consider something lighter weight than wood. Up that high, added weight can be problematic. Aluminum is pretty easy to work with ( nuts, bolts & pop rivets) and could provide the cover you are looking for. The old school safari Land Rovers all came with a "second roof" a few inches above the real one for the same reason. That way...it was always "in the shade".
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I've seen a lot of decks on buses, and I've seen gable roofs on buses that had a house structure built around it, but I've not seen a gable roof directly on the bus itself. Like Tango said, that probably has to do with weight issues.

Here's the house/bus conversion with the roof I'm talking about: Our Cora Bean: Tiny House Extravaganza: House Bus Tour
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check out a book called Some Turtles Have Nice Shells
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check out a book called Some Turtles Have Nice Shells
I own that book.

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Thanks for the advice, folks. In all honesty I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet.
Will check out that book though.
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Old 06-14-2015, 05:59 PM   #7
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OK, cora bean's tiny house bus is totally amazing! I'm going to have to scour that blog, do they talk about building the bus-house?
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Old 06-15-2015, 01:10 AM   #8
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And can you explain to me what you mean by "the house is built around the bus."
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And can you explain to me what you mean by "the house is built around the bus."
They built outside of the metal bus shell, VS building inside like most do.

The shed I live in is built outside of the 16 foot metal shell of a bus body.

Studs, insulation, and sheeting all outside of the metal.

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Old 06-19-2015, 02:54 PM   #10
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Nat, do you have pictures? I am very interested in this idea.
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