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Old 09-05-2020, 05:52 PM   #21
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It seems the International REs have less interior space due to the air intake configuration. Any workarounds for that?
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Old 09-05-2020, 05:56 PM   #22
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It seems the International REs have less interior space due to the air intake configuration. Any workarounds for that?
Usually where the queen bedroom is with the bed above the engine cover. Leaves room underneath for storage
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Old 09-05-2020, 10:20 PM   #23
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Roof Raise Thomas Bus RE

Iíve had good luck with mine. Itís a 1996, 34 feet long model.
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Old 09-06-2020, 12:37 AM   #24
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If you can do a roof raise you can do a roof raise on a Thomas ;) if your a newbie welder buy a straight walled bus! Sure itís a little bit more thought with the angled walls but if you can fab your not scared of 6*!
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Old 09-06-2020, 12:39 AM   #25
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I found rivet removal fairly easy: used an air hammer with sharpened chisel bit from the inside to shave off backs of the rivets. After, use the punch bit to pop out them out from the inside. Only took a few seconds per rivet. I found this was faster /easier than drilling all the holes in the sheets.

For any screws that are stripped out, i figured out that cutting a groove with a cutoff disc (on an angle grinder) into the head of the screw, then use a flat tipped screwdriver bit will easily removed any blown-out screw... If i had figured this 'trick' out sooner, I could have saved myself days.

An appropriate sized Roberts will usually work on phillips head screws where the driver slips the slot.



BTW, I read a long time ago that the phillips head was designed to slip to prevent stripping out the threads. That explains a lot.
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Old 09-06-2020, 12:47 AM   #26
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Owning one, I'm gonna say no.

The trick to raising a Thomas is to raise it from below the window line where the body starts to taper -- this way you're raising the body where it's straight and the insert you make is straight and then the tapered part sits above your raised section.



Do Thomas bus windows leak more than other buses? Sloping the windows doesn't seem like a good idea as far as waterproofing goes alltho I have never studied the details to have a solid reason to say that. Have to do that someday since I have a Thomas to look at.
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Old 09-06-2020, 10:07 AM   #27
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If you can do a roof raise you can do a roof raise on a Thomas ;) if your a newbie welder buy a straight walled bus! Sure itís a little bit more thought with the angled walls but if you can fab your not scared of 6*!
Well I'm no pro but definitely not new to welding. Lol
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