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Old 01-30-2017, 08:52 PM   #21
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Old 01-31-2017, 01:08 AM   #22
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Well, that didn't work worth a sh!t, now did it?

So today I finished welding up the trailer hitch, which ties in structurally with the frame reinforcements and will also help support the rear bumper...which in turn will support the rear deck. Intended to fab my own hitch receiver but my 2.5" square tube had a raised seam on the inside which precluded me from sliding any 2" tube into it. So I went to my local steel/industrial supply, bought a 24" hitch receiver for $50 and then raided their shorts rack & dumpster for another $20. Came home w/ a couple hundred pounds of steel stock...

Anyway, here's the hitch assembly all welded up into what looks like some kinda Jesus cross. And a pic of it welded into the bus. It protrudes beyond the bumper about a foot.




I'll fab a plate w stiffeners and safety chain eyes that bolts to the outside of the bumper and clamps the receiver in position. But it's pretty damn solid now. I stuck a 6ft 2" sq tube in the receiver and jumped up and down like a monkey. No flexing or creaking or relative motion that I could see.



And...we'll see if the video posts.

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Old 01-31-2017, 01:49 PM   #23
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I see you installed some good tow hooks. I have used mine several times. I like your build.
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Old 01-31-2017, 06:22 PM   #24
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Keep those pix coming! I'm loving it!
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Old 02-02-2017, 09:56 PM   #25
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Initial framing is done and bolted to the bus. Still trying to decide on decking type. I left myself an inch, so I could use 4/5 wood decking, 3/4 plywood w/ 1/8" treadplate bonded to it...or whatever. When I build the folding section I will need to fab some much more substantial diagonal supports; for now it won't be supporting much weight so the 1" sq tube is ok.

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Old 02-03-2017, 08:56 AM   #26
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Very excellent! Have you considered flat expanded metal for decking? Can be had in heavy gauge and also stainless.
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Old 02-03-2017, 10:00 AM   #27
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Very excellent! Have you considered flat expanded metal for decking? Can be had in heavy gauge and also stainless.
A friend has that on his roof rack. But stainless would be $$$ and mild steel would probably have to be powder coated (again $$) to keep it from rusting from foot traffic. Also...you have to weld the perimeter to a frame and weld EVERY SINGLE TAB in order to keep it from bending under load between the supports. Thats alotta tack welds.

Other considerations are poultry/kennel grating, MDO plywood either painted with roll-on bedliner or layered with rubber matting, or some 5/4 yellow cedar I saw on CL last night...
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Old 02-05-2017, 10:11 PM   #28
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OR...maybe just some yellow cedar. It'll turn gray when it weathers.

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Old 02-06-2017, 10:23 AM   #29
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Another option I have been considering is fake wood deck material. Lighter than real wood, does not shrink or swell, won't ever rot and does not need to be stained or painted.
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Old 04-03-2017, 08:13 PM   #30
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