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Old 12-12-2017, 07:11 PM   #1
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Geodomes on Skoolies

Geodomes on skoolies $$$ . Iíve had this vision for four years.. I cannot seem to sum up a simple but completely weather proof way to attach a oval geodome that spans the whole length of a shorty ... synchronized dreams? Or did I spill da beanz..


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Old 12-12-2017, 07:18 PM   #2
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I see the dome being open to the main cabin with a long bent wood stove chimney running through the space with maybe a hammock up there. Obv wouldnít be as tall and it would be long . And the idea of replacing a perfectly good roof with just head space is questionable. Idk yall . Just see the communityís of the two are very similar and havenít seen the cross breed yet . Same as it ever was...
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Old 12-12-2017, 11:53 PM   #3
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I think it's a cool idea- there has been talk of a trolley-type transom, as well.

The dome would have to be squished or it's be tall, me thinks. Maybe not...

If bus is 8' across, dome is 4' tall. Working backwards, 13'-4' = 9' would be your wall height to ground. (13'6" legal actual, but I like margarine of error).

Really cool Dome calculator

Now we need a picture....
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Old 12-13-2017, 12:19 AM   #4
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So, I went Out and measured my 2003 Blue Bird TC FE 35' bus. The top of the windshield is an inch or so over 8' on 11r22.5 wheels.

Looks like you can make your domemobile, according to the law of bridges.

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Old 12-13-2017, 12:21 AM   #5
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Then, we have to stretch the dome to make it long.

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Could truncate it for cool effect

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Old 12-13-2017, 12:50 AM   #6
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Old 12-13-2017, 10:25 AM   #7
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Yes!!! You see it

NOW how do we make it waterproof , and light,,,,,
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Old 12-13-2017, 02:57 PM   #8
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Talking totally major props tho for the enthusiastic pictures tho!

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Old 12-13-2017, 03:04 PM   #9
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NOW how do we make it waterproof , and light,,,,,
Waterproof and light would be the easy part I would think.
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Old 12-13-2017, 04:52 PM   #10
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i mean completely weatherproof at the joins where it would be mounted to the roof.. like alot of domes "seep" from the bottom,, if there light metal tubing cause most of them are just sitting on the ground.

to avoid this alot of domebuilders just go to wood for everything and put them on a foundation... but wood is too heavy for my style.
maybe have a wood "frame" around the perimeter of the bottom of the oval and use metal tubing from there. and i was gonna start this thread into maybe fiberglassing it after its wrapped in canvas.....

butttttttt i can guarantee that im over thinking but i aint new to that. im also not new to doing things and thinking to little about them and have HUGE pet peave about the whole project, i just want to be happy with a design first.
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Old 12-13-2017, 06:23 PM   #11
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i mean completely weatherproof at the joins where it would be mounted to the roof.. like alot of domes "seep" from the bottom,, if there light metal tubing cause most of them are just sitting on the ground.
There would be no upward migration of water like on the dirt.

For execution, I would keep it simple and go with something like electrical conduit for the frame and skin it with 18 ga sheet steel cleco'd/riveted thru the tube.

You can use a Tubing Pipe Notcher and drill press to cut the ends. It's all about repetition and consistency. Weld the ends.

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There would be no upward migration of water like on the dirt.

For execution, I would keep it simple and go with something like electrical conduit for the frame and skin it with 18 ga sheet steel cleco'd/riveted thru the tube.

You can use a Tubing Pipe Notcher and drill press to cut the ends. It's all about repetition and consistency. Weld the ends.
The wind may drive water "upward" while driving.

I would want my dome covered with clear polycarbonate (Lexan) sheets (more susceptible to scratches, but virtually unbreakable), or tempered glass (heavier, and breakable). But then you deal with more curtains, insulation (use duel-pane windows), etc... Or perhaps sheet -metal selectively with clear windows.
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Old 12-13-2017, 11:50 PM   #13
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Is there going to be passenger seats in the dome? If there was a front window on the dome that would be a cool place to ride. Nothing like going down the road on top of a vehicle.
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Old 12-14-2017, 08:37 AM   #14
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i mean completely weatherproof at the joins where it would be mounted to the roof.. like alot of domes "seep" from the bottom,, if there light metal tubing cause most of them are just sitting on the ground.

to avoid this alot of domebuilders just go to wood for everything and put them on a foundation... but wood is too heavy for my style.
maybe have a wood "frame" around the perimeter of the bottom of the oval and use metal tubing from there. and i was gonna start this thread into maybe fiberglassing it after its wrapped in canvas.....

butttttttt i can guarantee that im over thinking but i aint new to that. im also not new to doing things and thinking to little about them and have HUGE pet peave about the whole project, i just want to be happy with a design first.
Not sure how thin angle iron and square tubing go but welding won't leak. Or put a big eye hook in the top, find a tree, and replace the rubber gasket every 3 or 4 yrs.
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Not sure how thin angle iron and square tubing go but welding won't leak. Or put a big eye hook in the top, find a tree, and replace the rubber gasket every 3 or 4 yrs.


Great ideas!


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Dome? Lets not please? Hate to see the air national guard launching on a UFO.

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You're talking about a permanently mounted dome? I'd worry about strong crosswinds.

What goes in that dome? I mean other than the adventure of engineering an oblong dome on top of a bus, what is the real purpose?

I'm more of a, on the ground, yert man myself.
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It'll give them something to do and you some awesome stories to tell (assuming you survive).
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You're talking about a permanently mounted dome? I'd worry about strong crosswinds.

What goes in that dome? I mean other than the adventure of engineering an oblong dome on top of a bus, what is the real purpose?

I'm more of a, on the ground, yert man myself.


Now thatís where my secrets hide , I got a mission plan , brother . It involves a teepee sauna as well . But obv for extra sleeping room at times, I love beds but Iíve literally spent years in a hammock .
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