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Old 01-25-2012, 10:35 AM   #11
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Re: Roof deck structure question

Keep in mind that every hole you put in your roof presents a possible entry for rain to enter. If you are to use L brackets, you must seal the screw area well. It is not so severe if you have a curved roof. If your roof is flat (like on the Dodge class C that I had) the water will pond.

The nice thing about a curved roof is that the water sheds off the roof. Nevertheless, if you use L brackets, first squirt some sealant into the screw hole for the L brackets, and then seal the top of the screw with some rubberized sealant. Once you put your decking boards on, you will not be able to access the framing very easily.

There are MANY methods of putting a deck on a bus. This is just one method that I did. I used wood because I am not much of a metal fabricator. Actually, there are probably many better ideas than mine. However, my method DID work.

Before you settle on a design, it would be prudent of you to research all the methods that the members on this site have employed.
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Keep in mind that every hole you put in your roof presents a possible entry for rain to enter. If you are to use L brackets, you must seal the screw area well. It is not so severe if you have a curved roof. If your roof is flat (like on the Dodge class C that I had) the water will pond.

The nice thing about a curved roof is that the water sheds off the roof. Nevertheless, if you use L brackets, first squirt some sealant into the screw hole for the L brackets, and then seal the top of the screw with some rubberized sealant. Once you put your decking boards on, you will not be able to access the framing very easily.

There are MANY methods of putting a deck on a bus. This is just one method that I did. I used wood because I am not much of a metal fabricator. Actually, there are probably many better ideas than mine. However, my method DID work.

Before you settle on a design, it would be prudent of you to research all the methods that the members on this site have employed.
One of the reasons I like the idea of the wood beams is because I won't need to use any attachments through the roof itself. It will be secured by the side brackets and some kind of tape or glue/caulk to the roof surface and the decking will tie all the parts together for rigidity.

My roof is slightly curved on top with a perfectly flat interior ceiling. It's the best of both worlds!
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Re: Roof deck structure question

Here's what I'm probably going to do on the roof:


The cutaway section in the image is where the solar array eventually will be placed.

The side stanchions are 1-1/2" square aluminum tubing, carriage-bolted to the side walls and through-bolted to the 1" x 6" side rails. The deck joists are lag-bolted to the side rails with a thick bead of caulk between the joists and the roof to prevent vibration noise. The joists will be placed directly over the interior ceiling ribs for additional strength. Once the decking is in place, the whole thing will be a solid structure that should support anything I put up there. For now I'm thinking of at least two boxes or car roof carriers for odds-and-ends in addition to the solar panels.
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