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Old 10-15-2016, 08:23 PM   #1
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racks overall max height

I see lots of schoolies with bikes and hand rails on the roof. What is the highest a person should have this. I don't mean the law i mean common sense do you start running into access problems in areas. I want to do a deck and I'm okay with a folding or put together hand rail. I was thinking I may buy some pontoon furniture and bolt it in. It seems to be going away from my KISS plan and I'm thinking why drag it all through the air and extra weight when i can buy nice folding chairs with drink holders.

Also is there a right way to add a roof rack. I see some shady stuff out there. Whats the best way to build up there. Id like to do a steel frame work and wood 5 1/4" cedar decking to keep the cost and weight down.

I was also thinking of building this in electrical conduit just because its so much lees buying that at the big hardware store than buying it at the steel shop. Most roof racks for cars look like there built from conduit back in the day. Plus its galvanized where its not welded.

let me know how far off I am. On the attachment to the bus roof it seems i should be riveting on a plat that has a tube welded to it fro the rack to sit in(leg) so that the roof wont crack at a weld and it spreads the load out better at the rack to roof connection.

Pictures would really help.
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Old 10-15-2016, 09:01 PM   #2
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Don't know about max height...
But I google image searched "DIY PATIO FURNITURE" and there's some pretty inspirational stuff out there, and a lot of it looks like it could be adapted to fold flat.

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Old 10-15-2016, 09:17 PM   #3
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I'm not saying i wouldn't buy that furniture but if they sent me a sample of the beers it woudl help me decide.
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Old 10-15-2016, 11:05 PM   #4
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If you add ANYTHING to the roof, make sure you figure out the height of the vehicle with the new addition, then add 3 inches for safety.

Tractor trailers are 13' 6" tall... underpasses on the interstate have to be at least that high for clearance. Secondary roads is another matter, I've seen underpasses as low as 9 feet which even an unmodified Skoolie could not clear, never mind with additional hardware on top.

As a former trucker I've seen lots of overhead accidents where drivers did not know how tall their vehicle was and tried to take a 13 foot 6 truck under a 12 foot bridge.... needless to say it didn't work too well.

Point to be taken from this... KNOW YOUR VEHICLE HEIGHT AFTER ADDING ANYTHING TO THE ROOF!
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Old 10-16-2016, 03:42 AM   #5
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12.5ft would work for my needs

13.6ft that's enough to put a hot tub on the roof. Of course you'll need to hold your breath under bridges.

I think I'll just draw up the lightest roof deck I can. I need some weather tight storage I can put some boxes in that are 2ft x 2ft 15ft long. I think I might be able to incorporate this storage box into a coffee/beer table of some sorts down the middle of the roof deck. When your sitting around in deck chairs it should be the right size to set stuff on or put your feet up on.

Make the first couple feet of it angled back on a 45 angel so the wind isn't hammering right into it driving. I'd like to find something that shape or storage boxes I could use so I don't have to build water tight boxes.

If any one has any idea of some type of storage locker that opens from the top or side to keep a seal. Its one of the last pieces I need to avoid having to tow a small trailer instead of a Toad vehicle behind.

Making the deck rails raise and lower wont be a issue.

This puts me in at no more than 12.5ft.
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Also...given the normal height of most skoolies, one would be wise to try and keep any roof rack and/or other installations up there as light as possible. Square aluminum tube and lightweight aluminum diamond plate are what I am considering. MUCH lighter than than the typical 2 x 4 and wood planking so often seen. It really doesn't take much to seriously affect handling when the weight is that far up. Anyone who has ever done a "weight and balance" check on an airplane can explain the effects of weight located at the extreme end of a "moment arm".

Be safe folks.
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Also...given the normal height of most skoolies, one would be wise to try and keep any roof rack and/or other installations up there as light as possible. Square aluminum tube and lightweight aluminum diamond plate are what I am considering. MUCH lighter than than the typical 2 x 4 and wood planking so often seen. It really doesn't take much to seriously affect handling when the weight is that far up. Anyone who has ever done a "weight and balance" check on an airplane can explain the effects of weight located at the extreme end of a "moment arm".

Be safe folks.
Have you bought a sheet of diamond plate aluminum lately.
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how does this happen, over and over at some point you would think they would install a truck by pass. Thats a tuff bridge
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There are two roads there that overheight vehicles can turn onto... it's just drivers who DON'T KNOW HOW TALL THEIR VEHICLES ARE.

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