I elected to raise the roof on a 40' chassis.. Weather permitting, I will do it in the next day or two since I have the week off. It's a lot of work, just not very hard.
I think you may be underestimating the technology that goes into a double pane window. I suppose you could re-manufacture your own windows from the existing bus windows, but it would not be cost effective to do it right. If you simply glue two windows together you're guaranteed to get moisture failure. Plus, you'd make new frames anyway. I think you'd end up with windows like this:
Originally Posted by tesswynn92
Hey guys, I've been looking for a bus for about six months now and I think I'm buying one tomorrow. It's a 1989 GMC 66pass, diesel with a few seats already removed. I'm paying $2750 and I'm
pretty sure it's a good deal but I'm starting to get cold feet. I plan on converting it now through next spring and then living on it. Any advice would be much appreciated.
Tentative Plans: I can't decide whether or not to raise the roof. I know I would sacrifice it's structural soundness, but if I'm going to live on it--I want to be comfortable. As far as windows are concerned, I want them to be more energy efficient but I don't want to buy RV windows. Since I only need about half the windows that come on the bus, is it an awful idea to solder them in pairs so that they're double pane? They wouldn't be as good a actual double pane RV windows because they aren't gas filled and sealed; it's just an idea. Please let me know what you think! Especially with the windows as I haven't seen that done yet and I have a feeling there's a good reason...