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Date:         Sat, 10 Jan 2009 16:49:00 -0600
Reply-To:     Max Wellhouse <dimwittedmoose@CFU.NET>
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From:         Max Wellhouse <dimwittedmoose@CFU.NET>
Subject:      Re: Vanagon Roof Weight?
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I think I'll have plenty of cubic feet for the wood I'll be burning and storing for the winter of 2009/10 so I can work on my Vanagon in toasty comfort 12 months out of the year. When I have a choice, I cut the wood in 18" lengths due to the firebox door restrictions and should be able to stack it 3 rows deep. I'm tempted to have the gap from the sliding door face away from the shop for walk-in access. Probably won't build the support poles high enough so the roof looks to be the same height as a stock Vanagon, but with no fender wells and flooring to deal with, there should be 300' cubic feet of storage in there.

As far as cutting the roof off, if it's in the 200# range, I think I could suspend the roof with ropes and cam straps from the roof joists to take a little pressure off the saw blade as the cutting progresses. The cladding underneath may get hinged for ventilation as will the window openings. Will have to do something to make it all look really sano. NO blue tarps or burlap if I can help it. I'm open for ideas from the carpenter heads on the list too, even if we take it private mail(self-policing here).


At 02:46 PM 1/10/2009, craig cowan wrote: >My GUESS, if your cutting it that low on the pillars, is close to 200+ lbs. >I cut the roof off a westy at the top of the pillars and i'd guess it was >just over 150lbs. It's not Terribly heavy, just terribly awkward. I would >say 4 people minimum to move it, 6 would be preferred. > >I think it would make a great wood shed, but the access would be pretty bad >and the internal space not as much as you'd think. > >-Craig >'85WESTY > >On Sat, Jan 10, 2009 at 12:06 PM, Max Wellhouse <>wrote: > > > we're WAY past that possibility. If I had an entire vehicle back > > there, the code enforcment guy waould raise hell. City ordinance > > says no vehicles can be parked on grass. A more or less locked and > > airtight environment won't allow the fresh firewood to properly dry > > out and the economy isn't bad enough around here yet that folks are > > stealing firewood to heat their houses ......yet. > > > > DM&FS > > > > > > At 10:18 AM 1/10/2009, wrote: > > > >> In a message dated 1/10/09 4:47:19 AM Eastern Standard Time, > >> dimwittedmoose@CFU.NET writes: > >> > >> > >> My wife has given > >>> me pretty much permission to go ahead and cut the roof off this > >>> Syncro and use it as a shelter for our firewood if > >>> > >> > >> > >> > >> > >> just keep the van whole and gut the interior... i use them as > >> lockable mobile storage sheds :<) > >> > >> chris > >> > >> > >> ************** > >> A Good Credit Score is 700 or Above. See yours in just 2 easy steps! > >> ( > >> > > >> ) > >> > >>

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