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Old 08-30-2010, 07:15 AM   #1
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adding rear deck

Im thinking of adding about 2 1/2 ft rear deck of the back, to hold storage , fire wood etc, maybe my generator. whats the best way to attach it? to the bumper? or cut holes and slided to the frame, I would think it should hold about 400 pounds? any comments would be great.

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Old 08-30-2010, 07:27 PM   #2
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Re: adding rear deck

I added three ft. I removed the bumper and attached directly to the frame with heavy angle iron crossed braced. If I could have sourced a bus frame I would have salveged the extensions out of that. I tend to build heavy though. See Der Bus. There is a picture or two there.
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:00 PM   #3
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Re: adding rear deck

Check this link http://seanf.smugmug.com/Bus-Convers.../1329829_3ZmUN This is how I plan to do my rear deck. Perhaps its not strong enough for 400 lbs though. Hopefully it give you an idea. I also am breaking down a metal bedframe, that I got at the dump, for the angle iron.
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Old 08-31-2010, 03:30 AM   #4
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Re: adding rear deck

A cantilever made from bed frames for 400# rolling down the road? I hope I can talk you out of that.
It would prolly hold if it was just a shelf with four legs. Driving down the road turns a static load into a dynamic one. Every road imperfection will be amplified on the end of that cantilever. IMO a bed frame will eventually fail and it will fail while driving down the road. Im not trying to bust your balls but I would hate to see you lose even a inexpensive generator.
If you look at receiver hitch baskets notice how thick the "square tubing" is. If youre going to go cantilever, go big on the metal.
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Old 08-31-2010, 09:19 PM   #5
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Nice bead Smitty! Obviously you didnt go to Mud Dob U. like i did
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Old 08-31-2010, 09:31 PM   #6
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smity, I looked at your deck , fantastic job, You can land a chopper on that. might be a bit over kill for what i need.
I looks like nice wielding job, is it ok to wield to the frame? for some reason Im thinking that shouldnt be done
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Old 08-31-2010, 10:31 PM   #7
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Re: adding rear deck

If I'm seeing it right, the only welding Smitty did on the frame was at the very end of it, which is perfectly alright. That won't jeopardize the structural integrity, especially with the weld spot being centered to the length of the material he used, with 4' sleeving the frame and tied in with bolts.
You're right about not welding on the frame, though. All the modern frames are tempered, and a welding heat will take it away and leave you with a weak spot or spots.
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Old 10-27-2010, 06:34 AM   #8
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Re: adding rear deck

However, it's up to him if they wanted to weld the frame. Try to figure out what would be the best and comfortable for the deck. And then, you can make a good process to add some thing in the deck.
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Old 10-27-2010, 03:25 PM   #9
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Re: adding rear deck

Whats the max you could push out the rear for a deck if it were built like Smitty's I have considered this addition but have been a bit leery. I have small trail bikes that could but parked up there during transport and then used as nice space away form the rug rats in the evening hours. Any advise would be appreciated.
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Old 10-27-2010, 04:16 PM   #10
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Here's a deck for ya. Extended the frame back about 2 feet, reattached the bumper, added a receiver hitch, then plugged in my bike hauler.
Second vote for building with big steel, better to be overbuilt than underbuilt.

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