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Old 04-28-2010, 08:04 PM   #201
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What are you going to do with your exhaust? Extend it or have it come out the driver's side? I rerouted mine to exit just behind the rear driver's side tire. Now I don't get a sooty rearend!
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:10 PM   #202
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Oh come on Smitty, the side exit looks great!
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Old 05-01-2010, 12:19 AM   #203
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Looking great! Man I have got to say it again . I am super jealous of that box you installed! Nice!
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Old 05-01-2010, 08:34 PM   #204
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Whoa! Major deckage! I was expecting diamond plate or something else skoolie-ish, but that wood deck should be the envy of the stick-and-staple crowd at any get-together you might attend.
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Old 05-02-2010, 12:55 PM   #205
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Smitty,

I dig the box. Would love to do that but I want to maximize space between frame and skirt. I have not seen anything available that big that isnt crazy expensive. looks real good
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Old 05-02-2010, 04:44 PM   #206
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Smitty, is that the deck boards that are made of vinyl or another form? I forget the correct name of the artificial boards.
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Old 05-03-2010, 12:16 AM   #207
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Smitty-
You personally won't have anything to be concerned about w/ the shorter, well anchored lengths used on your well constructed deck, but I did want to say (for the benefit of any and all others) that high temps -and contrasts of- will warp a lot of the comp. stuff that's out there. Unsupported overhangs of 4+ inches, in particular, seem to be most prone.
It looks as nice as wood in most regards- which is your reason, I'm guessing, for not using deck plate or expanded metal instead?
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Old 05-03-2010, 10:15 AM   #208
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I love the deck!!! My bus is already just a hair under 40', but I am going to seriously consider doing something like that in the future. Also, I love the solar stuff, nothing like lots of shiny new expensive electronics !

I used to extrude composite decking, was actually the lead extruder operator. Example of what would be a problem...if decking was installed at 30*f, 80*f would create large bows. If it was installed at 70*f, and not supported like yours is, 80-90*f in the sun would create large bows. Also, the darker the color the worse the problem. One trick is to predrill the decking enough that the screw has a fair amount of slop (up to 1/16" oversize) in the board it is passing through. That gives it room to flex before it starts to bow.

Seriously, the way you have that supported I highly doubt you will have any issues.
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Old 05-03-2010, 10:22 AM   #209
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Love the deck Smitty. Great work.

I'm thinking of doing a fold down deck. I don't have the testicular fortitude to add that much length to my rig
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Old 05-03-2010, 10:38 AM   #210
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By temp. extremes, I'm talking about full Summer sun. A friend's bench seats made comp. had to be replaced after 3 seasons because the unsupported ends (overhang) got all wonky- part of this was due to less than perfect construction techniques, though.
Your decking was attached very well, so it'll never (never say never, right?) be a prob for you. I just threw that out there for the benefit of others, so they could keep that in mind if they chose to use that material.
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