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Old 07-27-2007, 05:45 PM   #1
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How To: Racks (Roof and Rear)

Any advice on the best way to attach a rack/deck to the roof and a rack/deck to the back?
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Old 07-27-2007, 07:51 PM   #2
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Re: How To: Racks (Roof and Rear)

Fighting Sioux, eh? I've been to the Ralph for a game before...I can only imagine what football games are like.

For the rear deck you might consider using receiver hitch type tubes welded to a beefy crossmember. With a tongue weight capacity of 500 lbs each I bet three of them would do you well. Then you could remove the rack if ever you needed to as well.

As for the roof....well....I'm still trying to figure mine out.
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Old 07-29-2007, 01:06 PM   #3
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Re: How To: Racks (Roof and Rear)

I built a rack for the rear of my bus last year. Here's a post all about it.

I just added a few pics. to my gallery of the rack off the bus so you can see what everything looks like. You can view them here
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Re: How To: Racks (Roof and Rear)

I made mine all out of metal square tube 1X2. First i hade the perimiter square(20X7) and welded it together on the ground making sure that it was square and flat. Then i hauld it up on the roof and since i measured it to sit on the ribs of the short pieces. Next i made pieces that would go straight down to the ribs from the overhanging bit.(round roof) I made these the same size so it would be level when bus is level, i also took my time so that they contoured to the body, i welded these straight to the body at everyother rib. Then i did cross pieces at everyrib. and should have done a piece or pieces down the middle but didnt, it wouldnt have made it stonger but would have made the plywood stiffer where they met up. Then i made side rails then i layed 7/16 plywood which is too thin for a party deck, But otherwize sturdy. I made my ladder out of the same 1X1 as rail but thicker, i made it so it was like a telaphone pole, alternate rungs off a center pole. It is very sturdy and after i miss welded one of the down bits about 8" long with two good tacks it took alot of effert to rip it off and reweld it, that roof is strong right where its rivited. USE GOOD PAINT.
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Old 08-09-2008, 11:48 PM   #5
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Re: How To: Racks (Roof and Rear)

Here is a link to picture of my rear deck.

I got lazy with the roof rack and bought this on ebay.

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