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Re: 2nd story bus Tomcat862 7-29-06  
Has anyone seen Stuff on an expandable bus roof?. The roof can be molded in 6 to 8 foot long full width sections like a surboard these can be glued together to form a very lightweight but strong roof ( with sides that jake up double the height and liveable space.

Filberglaass is my choice as I have a lot of layup expertise you could even find a guy to chop it spray chopper sprayed up.
Re: 2nd story bus Michele Whitewolf 8-3-06  
Hi from Seattle Wa.
I have not seen this though it would make sense. I am trying to design a roof pod to add 19 to 20 inches to my 10 foot bus heigth for storage and added weather protection. I am working with the idea of using thin plywood and stick constructionlike the old airplanes amd cover it with the same or epoxied fabric. I will be interested if you find anything out about this process.

Michele White Wolf
(LupisDomesticus Nomaticus}
Re: 2nd story bus Phil Feinstein 8-4-06  
Lupis domesticus? Nomaticus? So a household wild creature who likes to wander and live away from home? That's a Triple! I love it!

Take a look at www.mobilehomestead.com as well as www.mrsharkey.com. They both have examples of raising rooflines for busses as well as some other examples of raised roofs. I like the idea of epoxied fabric, but keep in mind that a resin or fiberglass or epoxy is brittle and if the framework you put it on flexes, it will crack. You might want to consider something more along the lines of a thin metal lamination or shingles (wood or Asphalt).
I agree with the mentality that designing a moving home is like designing a home that will be subjected to earthquake forces constantly, so I suggest keeping that in mind.

Hope that helps!
Re: 2nd story bus steve 8-9-06  
I took all my windows out and cut the ribs and jacked up the roof a foot weldeded extensions then reskinned the outside. i guess you could go up as high as you want. i have also seen vw bugs as pods for tops as well as top parts of cabins off of boats.
Re: 2nd story bus John 9-6-06  
I was worried about was losing the structural integrity of the vehicle by messing around with the roof. Isn't this a concern?

What about the idea of building a platform on top (accessed by the roof hatches) with unfoldable pannels that latch down for crusing?
Re: 2nd story bus Jay dallon 8-24-06  
Have thought about this. Did you see this some where? do you Know someone who has done it. If so I would like info.
Re: 2nd story bus Alan Miller 11-26-06  
Why don't you look around for an old airplane fuselage, I'm sure you could find one 7' to 8' wide, and as long as your bus, with leak proof windows to boot.

Since they are made of aluminum rust won't be an issue, and you can cut access holes in the bus roof "Between" the bows so you don't loose any structural integrity.

Just an idea.. Alan
Re: 2nd story bus Tomcat862 1-5-09  
I guess I was not clear this concept uses some jacking of actuator or cable drive to lift the newly made roof and sides about 6 to 7 feet when you park. This way to get a double decker when parked but when you drive you have a single decker.

The existing roof that came witht he bus never moves it now becomes the floor for the second deck. This is similar to some pickup campers I have seen that also convert to a higher roof when parked
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