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Old 05-15-2016, 04:01 PM   #11
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You'd have to have an additional frame work above the skin of your bus to hold up the tarp to allow air to flow for heat to escape. Or you could cover your roof with solar panels and just enjoy that shade instead of spending money on another tarp.

I agree with CB, tarps don't hold up. I'd like to figure out a light weight deck that would provide shade and/or snow shielding. An extra tin roof?
I didn't explain it very good I am saying why not move the rolled up tarp position and use it as an awning to sit under. On the grain trucks the Roll Up Tarp is on the left side of the grain bed. Why not move it over to the right side of the bus so you can roll it out and build awning supports to mount on the side of the bus just like regular RV s have. Should be able to shorten it. They also have electric ones as well.
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That sounds like an awning that could survive heavy hail damage. Unless you've got a dump truck you can borrow one of those off of, I'm guessing they cost more than an RV awning. Very adaptable if you can get one.
I certainly understand the need for some shade. So far I just use a surplus parachute and ropes.
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Large truck scrap yard. I have heard of $350.00 prices. You could make it as wide as you want. Some are about 25-30 ft long on a trailer.
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Old 05-15-2016, 09:39 PM   #14
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The tarp from a grain trailer would work but it would be heavy and you would still have to build/find supports for the ends.
Interesting idea however. We replace several such tarps every year where I work. I'll have to grab the next one that gets scraped. Just in case.
If you make it work please let us know. Ingenuity and imagination are what bus converting is about.
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Old 05-16-2016, 10:38 AM   #15
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The tarp from a grain trailer would work but it would be heavy and you would still have to build/find supports for the ends.
Interesting idea however. We replace several such tarps every year where I work. I'll have to grab the next one that gets scraped. Just in case.
If you make it work please let us know. Ingenuity and imagination are what bus converting is about.

I don't have the shop or skills.
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