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Old 03-18-2016, 03:36 PM   #11
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Is it true that there are fewer mosquitos when you're up that high?
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I'll get back to you on that.
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Old 03-18-2016, 05:30 PM   #13
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Is it true that there are fewer mosquitos when you're up that high?

Ya..that funny smoke makes them too distracted to bite. But...don't be around when they get the munchies.
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Old 03-18-2016, 05:55 PM   #14
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Unfortunately it doesn't work that way. The weight is still up just as high and is only using the longer supports to replace the body of the bus as the "lever" the weight uses to try to tip the bus over in a turn.
Thanks But I wouldn't say it's unfortunate I was just wondering.
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Old 03-19-2016, 10:55 AM   #15
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When I said "mounting pads", I was referring to any kind of home-made bracket that the rest of the deck could be then attached to. Either steel or aluminum, bolted or welded. As long as those components are secured to the ribs, the rest of the deck will be solid too.

And as for mounting anything lower, you just wind up with a wider vehicle that has more hanging out in the wind and more weight overall.

IMHO...the deck and mounting system need to be well engineered and as light as possible to fulfill whatever task is assigned. Example: if all that will ever go up there are a couple of solar panels or an occasional plastic kayak...you can get away with a very lightweight structure. If you host roof-top NASCAR parties for 50 to 60 alcoholic friends and the associated coolers and dancing...well, that's a whole' nuther story and whole different design.

Decide how you expect to use it most and engineer it to it's primary task.
Got ya. Thanks for the clarification. Ya it will really be just for the 2 of us to go up and hang out on as well as storage.

Thanks for the tips starting to look @ unistrut rooftop walkway looking at other options as well. Will keep you guys updated.
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Trying to figure out how I want to accomplish the roof top deck. I have been searching the forum and have tried to get some ideas.

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Amazing Bus Conversion – Part 2 – Roof Deck

Conversion Log: 2005 - SeanF

Is this the best option for a non-welded deck?

That's a member on skoolie.net. I don't know if he is still active. I believe he sold that bus. You can probably go through hi s threads and find more info.
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Sorry to be the voice of doom but this is exactly the reason we can't regular insurance on our buses. If you brought your Honda Civic down to the insurance agent to get insurance and had a roof deck on it, you wouldn't get insurance either.
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