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Old 06-20-2012, 10:49 AM   #1
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Hey Spencer --- thanks for the link. Quite a project. I am considering something similar (on a Shorty scale) but want to employ a fold-down rail system similar to one I designed for a Bird I sold before completing. Makes for a much lower profile and less chance of snagging limbs and such. Will also be fabbed with aluminum to minimize weight that high up. Just a couple of things worth considering if you plan on driving it anywhere except NASCAR parking areas.
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This is a very timely post! I've been debating how to put a deck on my bus since I bought it and it's getting to be "that time" to just shut up and DO IT. This helps a lot. THANKS
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:34 AM   #3
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I don't like the mounting style, bolts are easy to break under the weight.
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:23 AM   #4
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Engineering a roof deck so that it will break away before totaling the body or ripping off a section of roof is my preferred strategy. Units welded directly to the ribs pose a serious threat to the whole unit if they ever encounter an unmovable object. Personally, I'm going with sturdy, welded mounting brackets to which the rack is attached via fairly light bolts. It will easily support the weight and resist the urge to become a wing at speed, but hopefully limit any damage to the rack itself should it encounter a tree limb or McDonald's overhang. Just somethin' worth considering.
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:53 PM   #5
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I would make the four deck railings collapsible so they can be folded flat against the floor deck, otherwise when built as pictured they add a lot of height for no valid reason.
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:25 AM   #6
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Pipo --- Roger that. Fold down rails make a lot of sense for a lot of reasons.
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