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Old 12-26-2017, 04:52 PM   #1
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Removing Roof

Hey guys,

I was sitting around with my Mom & Dad and we were talking about the unit and how people have to do all sorts of gymnastics to install new fridges etc.

This got me thinking, how come people aren't removing the roof if they need drastic access? I'm just spit balling but it seems to me that removing the roof should be relatively easy, it would give access to the inside of the walls etc.

Think about it - I'm curious. Maybe a guy could blow new insulation into the walls or run new wires (cat 6) or what have you. Although, an idea like this is so outside the box - it makes me wonder. It does appear to be a cap style roof.
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Old 12-26-2017, 05:17 PM   #2
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Probably because the roof is an integral part of the body?
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Old 12-26-2017, 06:45 PM   #3
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I think I've read a few posts where windows are popped out to allow for bulky item remove / replacement.

Will admit I have wondered how a fridge, washer or dryer would be replaced.
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Old 12-26-2017, 07:31 PM   #4
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Windshield removal would be for the worse case situation - but still 10X easier than roof removal.
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Depending on the coach, many frig's will go through the door way once you take the refrig doors off. Others have gone through the drivers window. Occasionally, you have to take the windshield out, but that's rare.

Taking off the roof? I think you had too many egg nogs. lol
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Remove the roof!
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With some prep work, I've brought refrigerators in through the front door on multiple coaches.
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Old 12-27-2017, 04:40 AM   #8
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We were looking at RVs at a large dealership a few years back, and noticed a Prevost-type coach that seemed to have the wrong proportions. Upon closer look and chatting with a salesperson, turned out he said it belonged to a 'sports-person' (wouldn't say, but likely basketball) and they were having the ceiling raised.

Guess you can 'raise the roof', if you've got enough money.
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Depending on the coach, many frig's will go through the door way once you take the refrig doors off. Others have gone through the drivers window. Occasionally, you have to take the windshield out, but that's rare.

Taking off the roof? I think you had too many egg nogs. lol
Ditto on the egg nog.
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I have to go up on it at some point in the near future. I'll take a closer look. The windshield idea is pretty interesting but I can't help but think roof removal may be an viable idea for certain operations.
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Old 12-28-2017, 02:50 PM   #11
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I cut the roof off a MCI 9 highway coach it order to give more headroom.
The monocoque design makes the walls and ceiling framing all totally connected together. I cut all the vertical framing around the mid-window area, raised up the roof and added eight inch spacers in each one of the verticals.
Then re-skinned the coach with aluminum panels and installed new front and rear fiberglass caps.
This was done after I completely stripped all interior walls and had just the bare framing.
I simply can't imagine trying to remove the roof on a completely finished coach. Although I guess you could partially cut away the roof skin but you would then still have the roof framing to contend with.
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Old 12-28-2017, 04:13 PM   #12
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Me thinks you need to adjust your medical maryjane prescription

Joking aside, I could see cutting a hole in the roof of a school bus to drop a large res fridge in or something similar. I however am not going to remove the roof on my $500,000 MH to do the same thing. There are A/C ducts, all kinds of wiring, TV cables and a host of other things... not to mention a one piece fiberglass roof.

I do understand your thought process itís just not based on a broad knowledge of MHs, that I can see.
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Me thinks you need to adjust your medical maryjane prescription

Joking aside, I could see cutting a hole in the roof of a school bus to drop a large res fridge in or something similar. I however am not going to remove the roof on my $500,000 MH to do the same thing. There are A/C ducts, all kinds of wiring, TV cables and a host of other things... not to mention a one piece fiberglass roof.

I do understand your thought process itís just not based on a broad knowledge of MHs, that I can see.
X2. Loads of ducting, wiring etc. up there. And one BIG piece of fiberglass.
Almost spit out my mouthful of tea when I read the OP!!
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I have to go up on it at some point in the near future. I'll take a closer look. The windshield idea is pretty interesting but I can't help but think roof removal may be an viable idea for certain operations.
I have installed residential refrigerators in RV's with access through the windshield, which we removed, and washing machines through a side window, which we removed (in my prior RV shop).

If you request we do a major appliance installation with access through the roof, please bring cash.
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