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Old 05-25-2005, 08:13 AM   #1
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RAGBRAI Bus work

Thought I'd post a few pics of the progress on our RAGBRAI bus since I've been soliciting help & ideas from the board. Just completed a weekend full of work on the bus.

Top & back decks are built. Top deck has removable railings and will be finished with a plywood floor for now. Will most likely use deck boards for the back deck as it will take most of the abuse.

Once the plywood is on top, we'll be mounting our bike tie-downs and hope to be able to fit 28 bikes along with a box (yet to be built) to store front tires.

Seats have been removed, legs cut off and remounted along the walls. Inside storage has also been built, should hold a lot of junk.

Still some work to go, and definitely need a paint job!

Bus with railings off

Railings on

Back deck with ladder

Seats and storage
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Old 05-25-2005, 10:56 AM   #2
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We can't view the pictures, I think we have to be logged into yahoo as you to see them?
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Old 05-25-2005, 11:27 AM   #3
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Sorry about that... I've fixed the links so you should be able to view the pics now. One of these days I'll get them added to the gallery.
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The deck looks great! I would love one like that. How many feet of steel do you think it took to build the deck (not the platform). I have a friend who works with aluminum at a large factory who is willing to help, but I don't know how much material I should be expecting.

Bus looks good. Keep it up!

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Old 05-25-2005, 01:27 PM   #5
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Do you mean the deck on top or the one off the back of the bus?

If the deck on top, I can send you the plans I drew up to give you an idea of the amount of metal you'll need.
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I'd like to see the plans for the top deck also if thats ok.
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Old 05-26-2005, 01:13 AM   #7
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I was thinking the roof rack. The designs would be great!! Thanks a bunch. Can you post them here for us all? - Richard
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Old 05-26-2005, 08:34 AM   #8
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Just created a gallery to hold the pictures & plans. Dont know why I didnt do that before, seemed pretty easy!

http://www.skoolie.net/gallery2/TeamBAT

As for the deck plans - the only measurements that really ended up being different were the 42" pieces for the uprights. Think we went with 30" for those, 22" from the bottom support up, and went with 8" above the top support. Still have 36" railings that can be removed by pulling two "clamshell" type pins from each post.

Still looking for a way to get it painted. Have someone coming by Sat morning to give us an estimate, but dont know if we'll be able to afford it this year.

Feel free to let me know if you have questions.
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You better get around to painting it. In Iowa it can not have any yellow on it. Last Friday night I was bring my bus home to work on it all weekend and i got pulled over...... I ask the cop what did I do wrong? He said your bus is yellow. I told him (can't you see that I am woking on painting it) He let me go......
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Definitely one of the next things on the list. Not sure if we'll be able to afford a "good" paint job this year. A couple coats of light gray primer may have to do.

But, if the estimate isnt too far out there, we may just bite the bullet and have it done.
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