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Old 02-28-2017, 10:34 PM   #741
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Glad you finally got to the raise, cant wait to see the transition. I havent really thought about doing a small window unit in the back, I just planned on doing two roof top units, but i like the cost factor of using a window unit in the rear.

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Old 02-28-2017, 11:57 PM   #742
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I'm really liking your roof raise so far! You did go 10 inches right? Gives me ideas for mine. I'm 6'2" and think I'll go at least 16 inches on mine. I'm not going to do a transition. Going to raise the whole thing.

Seeing your raise with the all thread cemented that as my go to method when I get to that stage.

Congrats on your new short bus too!
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Old 03-02-2017, 06:21 PM   #743
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Glad you finally got to the raise, cant wait to see the transition. I havent really thought about doing a small window unit in the back, I just planned on doing two roof top units, but i like the cost factor of using a window unit in the rear.
Yeah with the raise, I'm not wanting to have rooftop units. Plus they're LOUD. So I'm using a window unit for the rear and a mini split 9k unit for the front living area. Thanks, the transition will be done monday. I've got a guy who does custom sheetmetal work mostly on cars. Hoping it looks good, I know I can't weld 18ga worth a @#$&.
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I'm really liking your roof raise so far! You did go 10 inches right? Gives me ideas for mine. I'm 6'2" and think I'll go at least 16 inches on mine. I'm not going to do a transition. Going to raise the whole thing.

Seeing your raise with the all thread cemented that as my go to method when I get to that stage.

Congrats on your new short bus too!
Four pieces of all-thread will do just fine.
I'd have gotten 7/8" but the 3/4" did just fine and was free.

Thanks for the kind words, yall. Feels good to have achieved such a milestone finally.
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Old 03-04-2017, 08:33 AM   #744
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I may be in luck!
A good friend of mine who's a hell of a REAL fabricator is off this weekend and coming over right now to try n knock out that transition spot.
If I could do it over again, I'd just have gone straight up and not done a slope, just a flat panel to cover between high and low, like on a Wanderlodge.
Got some stuff to cut out and re-position, and some templates to make and cut.
This has been a huge learning experience for sure, I'm loving it.
I'm still feeling a little sick from that cold this week. Missed a ton of work.

Hoping to have the transition done, and by the end of the week I'm gona try to have the materials ready to panel in the sides.
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Old 03-04-2017, 08:43 AM   #745
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I may be in luck!
A good friend of mine who's a hell of a REAL fabricator is off this weekend and coming over right now to try n knock out that transition spot.
If I could do it over again, I'd just have gone straight up and not done a slope, just a flat panel to cover between high and low, like on a Wanderlodge.
Got some stuff to cut out and re-position, and some templates to make and cut.
This has been a huge learning experience for sure, I'm loving it.
I'm still feeling a little sick from that cold this week. Missed a ton of work.

Hoping to have the transition done, and by the end of the week I'm gona try to have the materials ready to panel in the sides.
Awesome.
The flat raise might be easier, but I like the transition. Especially the one on Mudda Earth's skoolie with that window.

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Old 03-04-2017, 09:03 AM   #746
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While I find his work masterful, I'd not want the window there. I'm just more into simplicity. I'm not actually one of the people who needs tons of light. I keep my blinds closed all year at my house.

I'll be going with lots of windows, but they'll all be 20x30's to fit between the ribs. I don't feel like cutting any for bigger windows than that.

Gona order windows in a week or two. Planning on spending 500-1000. Doors will be another 600-1000. May be able to do the doors a bit cheaper, but I like to guesstimate on the high side.

A REALLY good sloped transition is hard to pull off. Mudda earth and Aaron's look the best of any I've seen.
My biggest fear, and something I'm gona ensure doesn't happen (at least hopefully), is having it end up looking all hokey like the one Chistopher saw at BGA.


I mean, I guess I COULD make do with whatever, but this is the one part I want to look good and I'm a bit worried.
I guess worst case scenario is I try my best, if I don't like it I can cut it all off and start over. If I have to I'll just throw money at it until I've appeased the bus gods.
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While I find his work masterful, I'd not want the window there. I'm just more into simplicity. I'm not actually one of the people who needs tons of light. I keep my blinds closed all year at my house.

I'll be going with lots of windows, but they'll all be 20x30's to fit between the ribs. I don't feel like cutting any for bigger windows than that.

Gona order windows in a week or two. Planning on spending 500-1000. Doors will be another 600-1000. May be able to do the doors a bit cheaper, but I like to guesstimate on the high side.

A REALLY good sloped transition is hard to pull off. Mudda earth and Aaron's look the best of any I've seen.
My biggest fear, and something I'm gona ensure doesn't happen (at least hopefully), is having it end up looking all hokey like the one Chistopher saw at BGA.


I mean, I guess I COULD make do with whatever, but this is the one part I want to look good and I'm a bit worried.
I guess worst case scenario is I try my best, if I don't like it I can cut it all off and start over. If I have to I'll just throw money at it until I've appeased the bus gods.
I won't be doing a raise any time soon. Lol
If I ever do one, it will be a full raise front to back. I can do straight sheet metal 😂

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Our roof raise theme song lol

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EC you have a couple advantages.. one is that you only went up 10", and also you started behind the first skoolie window so you much more room to make the transition as opposed to the berry bus.. which the berry guy sued the original roof raise company ( yes that bus was a paid raise!!). The bus went to BGA to have their fab guy fix and complete, I haven't been back to BGA for awhile to see what they did with it.

But I think you will get a nice sloped transition and will look fine..

Also remember we are our own worst enemies.. dude you were freaked the skoolie weekend like OMG stoked freaked!..

Then the next weekend freaked when we took the sawzall to it, and see how it came out.. in my opinion there was no intregity lost in the bus, the raise went up nice n straight, your channels fit perfectly and you have a taller bus!. I see the same results coming with your transition and the skinning. You take the time to research it and learn and do it right and you also make friends with the right people.. and the results show in all the effort you take ..

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EC you have a couple advantages.. one is that you only went up 10", and also you started behind the first skoolie window so you much more room to make the transition as opposed to the berry bus.. which the berry guy sued the original roof raise company ( yes that bus was a paid raise!!). The bus went to BGA to have their fab guy fix and complete, I haven't been back to BGA for awhile to see what they did with it.

But I think you will get a nice sloped transition and will look fine..

Also remember we are our own worst enemies.. dude you were freaked the skoolie weekend like OMG stoked freaked!..

Then the next weekend freaked when we took the sawzall to it, and see how it came out.. in my opinion there was no intregity lost in the bus, the raise went up nice n straight, your channels fit perfectly and you have a taller bus!. I see the same results coming with your transition and the skinning. You take the time to research it and learn and do it right and you also make friends with the right people.. and the results show in all the effort you take ..

Christopher
Aw, thanks man!
You put that SO well!!

The first time I do anything I'm usually a nervous wreck. Just how I've always operated. I used to work with steel and welding and fab stuff every day. Three years later I barely remember any of it and have 1% of the tools and help I used to have available.
But you have it right about me and my strategy. I take my time, figure out what I can do, and try to utilize any friends, help, tools, stuff, etc... Slow and deliberate can be pretty good for some things.

We got the first piece of the transition cut out finally today after messing around with paper that was WAY too thick at first. A couple attempts at templates later and we have steel that fits pretty decent.
Should end up with something similar to MuddaEarth's only simpler without the window. Window is cool, but way outside my skill set and I am trying to keep things simple overall.
Not being a sheet metal worker at all, I think it will come out looking at least decent.

Thanks a lot, Chris, and everyone else. The kind words and encouragement really do go a long way.
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Got the first side of the transition stitched up today. My buddy Eddie is a GOOD welder!!










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Yup. Since I'm in no hurry. I keep on waiting for an unicorn I guess.

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looking really good, bet you can hardly notice your old bus anymore! those guys like your buddy eddie that work while having a cigarette in their mouth and smoking it at the same time are hardcore lol. they typically know how to get **** done.
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Yeah, that's very true!
I do the same thing!
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