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Old 08-03-2015, 03:10 AM   #1
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rooftop deck suggestions?

I got a 32 passanger t3800 with a 7.3 liter auto. I've yet to do plumbing, but I have electrical, fridge, stove, wood stove and a futon....as well as a fiberglass shell toilet shower combo. I'd like to put a 10 foot deck on top. I was thinking 4 foot sections of ladder sides screwed to the posts inbetween windows with aluminum ibeams going across the top. Probably do a post and beam every 27 inches on center. Then I think I'll do a fold down railing like they have for ontop of tanker trucks so its not as high as my woodstove chimney while traveling. I was kinda thinking roof hatch to get up there....with a rope ladder. I would do fold down stairs...but the roof is already low...5' 10" cause I insulated the floor with1.5" styrofoam and 3/8 plywood with hardwood on top. What do you think? And what are your ideas on what I should have dor deck material? Where is a decent roof hatch to be had thats decent for insulating? It gets cold up here in winter...like minus 40 farenheit.
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Old 08-03-2015, 06:52 AM   #2
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If it gets to minus 40f, I wouldn't think of opening a roof hatch. All heat would get out fast. I wouldn't want to touch that aluminum either. Why not a ladder on the outside rear like most do? -40f, now I know why FL is getting overcrowded!
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Old 08-03-2015, 07:42 AM   #3
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Old 08-03-2015, 10:14 AM   #4
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Have to agree with the outside ladder...the fewer holes in the roof, the better. And keeping the whole structure light is important. I have seen a number of rigs with massive beam & steel arrangements that would have me in fear of them toppling over with that much weight that high.
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Old 08-04-2015, 01:35 AM   #5
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ya ok

Well I was planning on using aluminum because of the weight factor. Outside ladder it is....secretly I just wanted a hatch...lol
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Old 08-04-2015, 09:39 AM   #6
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PS to the aluminum...just be sure to thoroughly isolate it from the steel or the dissimilar metal effect will create nightmare oxidation.
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Old 08-04-2015, 08:33 PM   #7
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I picture some kid with their tong stuck to the ladder in the winter.
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If you want a hatch check out pbeske thread, crap on phone and cant search and post,i spelled his name wrong im sure h3 did an awesome hatch the camel conversion is his build thread
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Old 08-08-2015, 05:15 PM   #9
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ladder

Yes...no need to turn my bus into a battery. On that note....I happened to see cold galvanizing primer paint....hmmmm....
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