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Old 01-18-2018, 05:53 PM   #1
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Beating the heat - roof platform vs alternatives

Hello everyone!

I'm considering adding a platform on top of my short bus, with the primary purpose of reducing heat inside by having airflow between the roof and platform. Am I crazy for thinking this is the way to go? Better to insulate the roof? I'm worried about headroom because I only have 3" inside to spare, and the floor I'm putting in will put a dent in that.

Any help, advice, anecdotes or miscellany are greatly appreciated!
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Old 01-18-2018, 06:07 PM   #2
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Any shade over the roof will help.
But the sides of the bus and the windows that are left in place will also allow heat in.
Heat rises.
In my mind covering the roof will help when the sun is in those hours where the deck shades the roof.
Parking where the sun shines in in the mornings is always pleasant but that means the afternoon sun is a full blast on the other side of the bus as it is going down?
I am debating an awning on both sides of my bus so I can accommodate the onslaught of the SUN on both sides because I kept most of my windows in the front half.
Food for thought?
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Old 01-18-2018, 06:31 PM   #3
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I'd certainly start by using a roof coating to reflect the light and heat. I'm not a big fan of adding a bunch of weight to the roof of a tall vehicle.
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Old 01-18-2018, 07:47 PM   #4
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That is a well known method of dissapating heat before it directly hits the vehicle. It doesn't have to be a party deck, just something light that stops the sun.
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Old 01-18-2018, 08:45 PM   #5
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Hello everyone!

I'm considering adding a platform on top of my short bus, with the primary purpose of reducing heat inside by having airflow between the roof and platform. Am I crazy for thinking this is the way to go? Better to insulate the roof? I'm worried about headroom because I only have 3" inside to spare, and the floor I'm putting in will put a dent in that.

Any help, advice, anecdotes or miscellany are greatly appreciated!
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Old 01-18-2018, 08:51 PM   #6
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We've had this discussion before. Best examples of this theory are the older African safari style Land Rovers. They installed a lightweight aluminum secondary roof over the actual vehicle roof with about three inches of air gap. Simple. You will always stay cooler in the shade. And the second roof provides just that. They work. A roof deck can do the same. Just try to keep the weight down.

For what it's worth...I am doing the above on my rig.
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Old 01-18-2018, 09:39 PM   #7
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You know, the ceiling panels we take out of the interiors could make a nearly perfect sized heat shield.
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Old 01-18-2018, 10:00 PM   #8
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cover it in solar panels,.....
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