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Old 01-24-2018, 09:40 AM   #1
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Structural Integrity

I'm wondering what some of you think about this rear design and its ability to "behave" in highway speed wind. I'm sure plenty of you have seen this FLA tailgating bus but I'm only using it as an example. Seems like a nice set up for storage for grills, kayak, chairs, etc. Maybe some flip-down steps (like the back of a boat). Anyway, I'm curious if the rear end would want to sail/sway at 60-70 mph. Appreciate this communities opinions.

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Meh, looks fine to me.
People WAY overthink the "integrity" thing. Just look at all the hacked up melon field buses, or the peanut farm buses. That bus pictured looks AWESOME!

I did this roof raise, and sold the bus as pictured. It then went from Apopka Fl to Del Rio TX with no issues other than the new owner was a bit chilly.


Some folks are afraid to take out the interior sheet metal skins because they think its ALL structural and crucial. This bus sorta disproves all that, imo. NO flexing or ill effects from the removal of all that.
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Meh, looks fine to me.
People WAY overthink the "integrity" thing. Just look at all the hacked up melon field buses, or the peanut farm buses. That bus pictured looks AWESOME!

I did this roof raise, and sold the bus as pictured. It then went from Apopka Fl to Del Rio TX with no issues other than the new owner was a bit chilly.


Some folks are afraid to take out the interior sheet metal skins because they think its ALL structural and crucial. This bus sorta disproves all that, imo. NO flexing or ill effects from the removal of all that.
Do you have a build thread for that bus or pics of it? i'd like to see how you transitioned the new metal at the raise on the roof.
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Old 01-24-2018, 11:23 AM   #4
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Nice job on the raise. Hope you made a nice chunk of change for that work.

I love the way this bus would function for my family with the back deck and all. I'm just not sure that I want to go through the time and money and lose all of that indoor room.

Another hang up that I have is how to finish the cut ends of steel. It looks like they simply attached diamond plate around the ends.
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Do you have a build thread for that bus or pics of it? i'd like to see how you transitioned the new metal at the raise on the roof.
Link is in his post sig.
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Old 01-24-2018, 12:40 PM   #6
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Thanks for that, hadn't gotten that far through the 100+ pages to find it. Found what I was needing.
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Not had time to look at them
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The link to the bus is at the bottom of every one of my posts!

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Old 01-24-2018, 10:34 PM   #9
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Structural integrity, no problem. Wind at highway speed couldn't be too bad. Think about a curtainside straight truck. They drive around empty with open curtains and only 4 comparatively flimsy uprights...

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