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Old 04-01-2005, 08:49 PM   #101
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i have some 35mm photos of the roofrack finished on the bus. Actually, they're pictures of the bus from burningman that just happen to have the new deck on top. It's painted bright yellow. Someday i'll post the photo's on here.

The deck is in good shape. I now keep my generator up there. I am pleased with the deck so far. I built it kind of out of the blue without a lot of contemplation. Basically i just ran out of time and money and had to have the deck before my trip to burningman. I'm happy with it. It does it's job, and is very sturdy. Suprisingly i have not had any noticable problems with the roof leaking either. I used self tapping screws to attach the 2x4's and in the back of my mind thought of possible water leakage.

It makes a good observation deck for a few people, but i wouldn't want 30 people up there! It's also a good place to sleep when it's warm out. I put a single matress and springs up there during the time i spent parked in the desert.
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Old 04-05-2005, 01:28 PM   #102
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Re: water storage drums

I am planning on building a roof top water system and am curious about the storage drums you made referance to that held your exess water. Where did you aquire them? Are they food grade? Do you think your roof top balcony would support one 55 gallon filled located in a corner? As I am planning on a roof similar to yours. Thanks a bunch. -Richard
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Old 04-05-2005, 06:27 PM   #103
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the drums i have for my water are not food grade. I bought mine for 5 bucks, and the guy wanted 10 dollars for the food grade drums. He gave me a 50% discount, normal price is 10 and 20 respectively.

they're out there...but i'm not sure where you would go to look for them. The non food grade are obviously easier to find.
There is an old guy in my town who collects them for free and sells them to make a small profit.

are you in mi?

As far as weight.....I could fill one drum allright. If found that when i put two full drums up there the cieling/roof started caving in slightly. I did notice that the bus handled worse than usual with the extra weight up that high.
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Old 04-05-2005, 07:00 PM   #104
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drums

Thanks.

No I am located in Alberta Canada now. So your source would not be the most effective for me.

Good to know about the weight causing handling issues. I had thought about placing the water container (whatever it is) on one of the sides, but mabye i'll go with somthing smaller and centre it in the very back middle.

I was considering those 5 gallon water containers that are used for water coolers. I think if I picked up a couple of those, tied them together with a couple of lines of 3/8" food grade lines and then ran a water hose for a gravity shower that might work.

All I am looking to do is create a gravity shower off the back of the bus for washing dogs, bikes and possibly me when boondocking in the summer.

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Old 04-05-2005, 08:24 PM   #105
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how about a waterbed matress on the roof ??

in the summer it would heat the water using solar engergy too!
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Old 04-05-2005, 09:19 PM   #106
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waterbed matress

Interesting...

I would be concerned about sloshing around and punctures. Birds, friends, weight and low branches in far off places.

But you could build a box for support....

hmmm?

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Old 04-06-2005, 11:02 PM   #107
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Solar water heater

I've been thinking about roof mounted solar hot water heaters. That black 1/2" polybutylene tubing coiled up tightly would probably make an effective collector. http://www.fieldlines.com has some info on this, but you'd have to search the posts there. I recall that a guy did this for his swimming pool. He was heating a huge volume of water, which was effective, but slow. On a smaller volume, the unit would probably be much more effective. Put the drums under the bus (or down low somewhere) and use a small 12 volt pump powered by a small solar panel.
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i'm finally getting around to posting some photos.

The bus is under construction, but i thought i'd start by showing off the new paint job for the ceiling.

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Old 04-11-2005, 09:47 PM   #109
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here are some photo's of the glass block wall and the stairs not yet completed.





this final photo is one of our lighting expierements...it's difficult to take good photo's in the dark!

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Old 04-11-2005, 09:50 PM   #110
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i've done more work...but don't have up-to-date photos.

the new floor is in the bus finally! the new walls have been installed, 100% acrylic mirror. The electrical wiring is nearly completed, and the new padded benches have been installed along with new higher quality exterior jacuzzi doors.


i'll try to post new ones before the weekend. The interior project is nearing completion!
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