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Old 09-02-2014, 08:01 AM   #21
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Old 06-09-2015, 09:52 PM   #22
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i used the original roof but cut in a 4 foot wide deck countersunk into the roof. this gave me many thing one is a flat inside ceiling, it also gave my cubby hole the full length of the bus to run ac duct and electrical in. from the ground you don't see the deck i also put a fold down table and umbrella up on this deck.
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Old 06-10-2015, 01:55 PM   #23
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This vid shows the inherent sturdiness of Skoolies. Yes there's some damage but the bus bounces right off the loco instead of folding around it or flying apart like lesser vehicles. I would not want to compromise the integrity.

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Old 06-10-2015, 02:15 PM   #24
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Old 02-18-2019, 01:24 AM   #25
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You lose about 50% of the strength maybe more! Another thing when you remove the interior metal skin you lose about 75% of your structure because you no longer have a box structure any radius is far stronger than a square structure these bus companies have been in business since 1909 i believe for blue bird and they have spent millions of dollars making sure school buses are able to handle a roll over i dont understand why people want to change a well engineered body for ease of a build or cosmetics other than a simple roof raise ,thats a necessity for the most part if we go making these skoolies unsafe we won't be able to get them insured anymore if we keep pushing the envelope! We dont have many companies now that will cover them as it is! Before you go making radical changes id make sure you can insure it!
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You lose about 50% of the strength maybe more! Another thing when you remove the interior metal skin you lose about 75% of your structure because you no longer have a box structure any radius is far stronger than a square structure these bus companies have been in business since 1909 i believe for blue bird and they have spent millions of dollars making sure school buses are able to handle a roll over i dont understand why people want to change a well engineered body for ease of a build or cosmetics other than a simple roof raise ,thats a necessity for the most part if we go making these skoolies unsafe we won't be able to get them insured anymore if we keep pushing the envelope! We dont have many companies now that will cover them as it is! Before you go making radical changes id make sure you can insure it!
This is disinformation^^^.
20+ga sheetmetal is what the headliner is made of its not structural.
A BB Wanderlodge didn't come with a metal headliner and has half the ribs. The same engineers designed the Wanderlodge.
75% of the structure is the headliner?
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Everyone talks about losing structural rigidity. But no one offers any numbers. These buses are built way beyond acceptable limits. You can remove 25% of the structural ability and still be in the needed safe zone. Is more better, in some cases yes. Is less bad, not allows, often more than enough.
With the millions of buses out there, how often do you see a bus rolled over? I would hate living my life off of "what if's" when that what if is highly unlikely to happen at all.
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