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Old 06-15-2018, 01:23 AM   #1
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hey guys,
new here. have been reading/digesting quite a bit the last few days. just got a used 07 dodge mega roof. looking around, there arent too many mega conversions. i've seen moby's and maybe a few others on here with megas. so..

any advice? what are/were your main issues with converting a mega roof.. how worried should i be? should i even start? =)

couple reasons why i got this is 1. want to do some kind of a bunk bed set up so the extra height helps and 2. the van seems to be in really good shape with previous owner having all service records, etc.

any feedback much appreciated.

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Old 06-15-2018, 04:37 AM   #2
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Only the obvious.......be very careful of take out lanes, multi level garages and unusually low bridges.
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Old 06-15-2018, 05:08 AM   #3
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The mega roof lacks some of the structure of the regular and super high ceiling. You will need to work out how to mound stuff in the fiberglass roof topper section. Keep your CG as low as reasonable, don't overload it, and enjoy the build.

A good place to put "air space" otherwise known as people space, is at the top. This keeps the center of gravity low, and makes good use of the extra headroom. An elevated bed/bunk bed setup seems reasonable.
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Old 06-15-2018, 06:27 AM   #4
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thanks guys. yea i previously wanted to mount a roof rack but given the loss in mpg i decided against it anyway.
all that will be mounted on that roof will be a maxxair + a couple panels of solar (lightest i can find). driving her she doesnt seem to be top heavy but who knows after the build. will definitely keep the cg in mind.

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Old 06-15-2018, 06:34 AM   #5
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I have not seen one of these up close. You will want to measure the thickness of the roof and gauge its strength. If needed, you can bond/bolt doubler plates to increase its point loading strength. Overall these fiberglass tops are pretty tough, they just need some additional consideration for loading on a small area.

Take note that flexible solar panels are usually only good for 2-3 years of service before degradation starts to set in.
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Old 06-15-2018, 05:56 PM   #6
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I have not seen one of these up close. You will want to measure the thickness of the roof and gauge its strength. If needed, you can bond/bolt doubler plates to increase its point loading strength. Overall these fiberglass tops are pretty tough, they just need some additional consideration for loading on a small area.

Take note that flexible solar panels are usually only good for 2-3 years of service before degradation starts to set in.
good to know about the flex solar panels.. thanks chief
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Old 06-16-2018, 08:57 PM   #7
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Since ceiling height becomes a non-issue, consider having a "basement" under the floor. A short guy on the PM forum has a 6" basement. Lawn chairs come out the slider. A complete working model train set-up slides out the rear.
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Old 06-18-2018, 04:51 AM   #8
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I'd love to see some photos inside the mega-roof, wish I could have found one when I was looking.
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Old 06-22-2018, 04:29 AM   #9
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no prob mark i’ll post some photos soon :)
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