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Old 01-18-2022, 08:56 AM   #1
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ZoomerVanGough roof raise

Hello, First real post here. Wanted to show the progress so far on my mid size Thomas Bus project. We are amateurs at best, learning as we go. Thank goodness for you tube. LOL
https://youtu.be/XFplUsDauGA
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Old 01-18-2022, 09:39 AM   #2
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Hey, ZoomerVanGough! That's a good looking, raised shorty. Sheet metal work looks professionally installed. Post more pictures, please. We love pics, especially major mods, like yours.
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Old 01-18-2022, 10:21 AM   #3
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Windows go in today! I will be sure to take some pictures!
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Old 01-18-2022, 10:42 AM   #4
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It looks great!
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Old 01-18-2022, 12:30 PM   #5
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Nice! Keep up the good work.
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Old 01-18-2022, 07:56 PM   #6
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Looks great. Eager to see more pics.

You tube video was good. Any issues with the angled walls when you did the raise?
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Old 01-18-2022, 09:06 PM   #7
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Funny you asked about the angled walls. I hadn’t even considered them before the final assessment of how we should proceed with the raise. The only challenge was the rear corner where the tapered wall curves around to the rear. My metal fabricator had no trouble figuring out how to blend the different planes together. We aren’t the type to over analyze the situation, but rather just dive in and figure it out on the fly. In the end, we are both pleased with the results.
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Old 01-20-2022, 09:43 PM   #8
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Window day

Installed the 5 windows today after cutting openings and figuring out how to shim the inside to give the window ring something to push against.
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Old 01-21-2022, 11:19 AM   #9
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Windows came out nice. The mini door is funny ��
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Old 01-21-2022, 01:44 PM   #10
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Hello...

I would very much appreciate a very close up view of how you are handling the vertical seams where replacement wall sheet metal may have abutting edges, or overlapping a bit? Gusset plate over abutting edges?
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Old 01-21-2022, 02:29 PM   #11
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I would very much appreciate a very close up view of how you are handling the vertical seams where replacement wall sheet metal may have abutting edges, or overlapping a bit? Gusset plate over abutting edges?


You usually overlap them. Think like shingles on a roof. Tuck the top edge under the roof skin. Bottom edge is on top of lower panel. Rub rail usually covers the bottom seam... Leading edge is always tucked under the next sheet forward.... Basically first skin to go up is on the rear, and you layer going forward.
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Old 01-21-2022, 03:43 PM   #12
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Windows came out nice. The mini door is funny ��
I agree. We were going to eliminate the side emergency door, but thought it may be a convenient way to bring in groceries.
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Old 01-21-2022, 06:17 PM   #13
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That looks awesome! Love those shorty safetyliners!
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Old 01-21-2022, 10:17 PM   #14
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How much did you raise it and what will be your estimated headroom after your done?
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Old 01-22-2022, 06:59 AM   #15
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Nice job, I like your mbe900 engine to, awesome.

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Old 01-22-2022, 07:32 AM   #16
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I agree. We were going to eliminate the side emergency door, but thought it may be a convenient way to bring in groceries.
Or if you have a cat.... Litter box access?
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Old 01-22-2022, 11:27 AM   #17
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I am new to this form and am a little overloaded on info. I may have missed what I am looking for so I thought I'd ask someone who's do a raise.



Do you know of a coach fabricator in northern Oregon?
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Old 01-22-2022, 01:43 PM   #18
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You usually overlap them. Think like shingles on a roof. Tuck the top edge under the roof skin. Bottom edge is on top of lower panel. Rub rail usually covers the bottom seam... Leading edge is always tucked under the next sheet forward.... Basically first skin to go up is on the rear, and you layer going forward.

The slight wedge shaped gap gets puttied/caulked? Sikaflex?
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Old 02-06-2022, 03:18 PM   #19
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You usually overlap them. Think like shingles on a roof. Tuck the top edge under the roof skin. Bottom edge is on top of lower panel. Rub rail usually covers the bottom seam... Leading edge is always tucked under the next sheet forward.... Basically first skin to go up is on the rear, and you layer going forward.
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