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Old 06-18-2016, 01:26 AM   #11
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10-4 on shading the roof of the bus, with an air gap between the shade and the roof. Makes a big difference in interior temperature under a hot summer sun.
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This might be a stupid question, but it seems that all the roof decks I've seen are supported by the vertical window strips. Is it structurally sound to attach one's deck directly to the roof? (with wooden/metal beams going across the width riveted/bolted down to the roof) I plan to have lots of storage on the roof along with a drum kit and wonder if the weight would be an issue. Thanks for the help!
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Old 02-24-2017, 02:28 PM   #13
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Hey, there! Welcome to the forum!
The window pillars continue over the roof, and they are quite strong.

Essentially, the body consists of a number of U-shapes that are up-side-down, beginning at the floor on one side and ending at the floor on the other side.

To these, are riveted sheet steel on both sides, except where the windows are.

So, you can put bolts thru the middle of these anywhere you like.

The U-shapes are themselves kind'a U-shaped... no, closer to Omega-shaped, but squared off. We call that a "hat section" because it resembles a hat. Remove a window or two, and you will be looking at it.
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Old 02-24-2017, 07:07 PM   #14
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you just need to size the cross members of the deck to keep a minimum deflection for the span of the bus.

use this calculator to see how much a particular tube will flex. if you keep deflection less than .25" it will be strong enough to what ever rated deflection per arch.

if the math says 500lbs load with <.25" deflection, that would 500 lbs per support. if you 2000lbs of gear, it'll have to have 4 joists.

you can change the size of the tubing or the gauge of the tubing to find the size that works for you.

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Old 02-24-2017, 07:29 PM   #15
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Wink When I buid my roof rack I will do it this way

I like this idea.



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pepepito, I was thinking of supports exactly like you are doing. Did you form the curved profile yourself? If so, how? If you paid to have it done, how muck did it cost? That is going to look really clean! I love it!
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I like this idea.



Now THAT is BADASS!
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The specialty fittings i think you are talking about are available from McMaster Carr Co. in Chicago, IL.

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Ohh I'm not taking credit for that, I took those pictures from a facebook group Canadian skoolie conversion, the guy paid someone to make them I found the idea pretty good that is why I save them.

I was thinking that putting a plate behind in the inside of the bus could help for support and to be able to unmount if necessary because welding it will definitely burn through.
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Those are seriously heavy duty, but do not appear to be designed to attach to the roof ribs. I am working on something similar that will mate directly to the ribs which will not require spreading the load out the way the ones in the pick do.
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