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Old 01-11-2019, 06:41 PM   #201
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Having had stuff fly out before I'm inclined to mount secure latches on every door. There are some "baby locks" that work quite well.
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Old 01-11-2019, 06:47 PM   #202
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Totally agree with that sledd. When stuff decides to move even the best packing down isn't good on rough roads. Not much you can do from the driver's seat at that point. The stuff flies out a stiffer latch would help more than a magnet.
Styrofoam plates are pretty quiet while driving any roads,

Cabinets and doors look great Doug.


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Old 01-11-2019, 06:59 PM   #203
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where do I buy peas canned in styrofoam? - lol

Now that is one to conjure with sledd. They make styrofoam peas for packing material, maybe try them out. Maybe you can patent a new invention.
Better peas than beer rollin around.


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Old 01-11-2019, 07:43 PM   #204
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laughing here
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:56 PM   #205
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Thanks for the input guys. I'm going to have a small 'railing' behind each door to prevent things from sliding up against it......was more worried about the doors coming open from their own weight while the bus was flexing. I'm trying to avoid having to unhook any latches every time I open a door, so may just bungee them while in transit. The self-closing hinges keep them closed while parked, even on a quite unlevel grade.

Never had an RV before, so didn't know how the magnets would hold. A friend suggested the "super" magnets, but who wants to yank on one of those every time you open a door.
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Old 01-18-2019, 11:47 PM   #206
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Had planned on extending the deck forward in a couple of years when I added solar, but decided to finish it now, so that I can go ahead and close in the interior ceiling. Had a beautiful day for it too. The narrower section in front will mainly be a catwalk between my solar panels. The whole deck is very unobtrusive, and everything sits below the level of the factory e-hatch.
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Old 01-19-2019, 08:22 AM   #207
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Deck looks good, man. I like the low profile deck. I'm planning a similar deck. Do you have wood joists attached to the metal roof, or what?
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Old 01-19-2019, 12:09 PM   #208
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Deck looks good, man. I like the low profile deck. I'm planning a similar deck. Do you have wood joists attached to the metal roof, or what?
Yes sir..........heavy duty L brackets bolted through each rib and end cap flange, and bolted through the 2 x 4s. Then the 3/4" planks fastened with 1 5/8" deck screws. Also a couple of runners that aren't attached to the bus, but just there to support the plank's span. The bottom of the deck boards are about 1 3/8" above the roof at the centerline.

I also put rubber weatherstripping under all the wood to keep it from squeaking. Don't know if it helped or not, but they don't squeak.
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Old 01-19-2019, 02:55 PM   #209
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Yes sir..........heavy duty L brackets bolted through each rib and end cap flange, and bolted through the 2 x 4s. Then the 3/4" planks fastened with 1 5/8" deck screws. Also a couple of runners that aren't attached to the bus, but just there to support the plank's span. The bottom of the deck boards are about 1 3/8" above the roof at the centerline.

I also put rubber weatherstripping under all the wood to keep it from squeaking. Don't know if it helped or not, but they don't squeak.

Sweet, thanks for the pictures. I'm much more comfortable working with wood than with steel, but I've considered trying to use Unistrut or something for the runners. Dunno if it would be tall enough though. There's a serious lack of Roof Deck tutorials on this site so I'm trying to gather ideas wherever I can!
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There's a serious lack of Roof Deck tutorials on this site so I'm trying to gather ideas wherever I can!
I saw one video where a guy screwed the unistrut onto the roof with self-tappers, then built what looked like 4-500 pounds of wood on top of it.....scared the crap outta me just watching it.

I actually thought about a 2x4 on top of unistrut (to solve the height issue you mention), but end the end went the lighter weight route. With 16 bolts, this thing is plenty solid.
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