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Old 05-14-2017, 02:27 PM   #21
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I have several ideas in my head using aluminum t-5 clamps designed to fit standing seam roof panels/commercial metal roofs that are easily (because there aluminum ) modidified if need be. Many variations and full web sight to pick the ones you want including ones to fit the gutter on a bus and they will give you the strength rating of each anchor point in the application.if that's your choice?
I would choose a side rail load of the bus structure over anything penetrating the roof personally.
If I secure anything to my roof as far as the rack idea the legs will be tall enough for me to use roofing boots on each leg and if I secure to the ribs down the sides it will be with bolts drilled all the way through to the inside and visible so that I can check and tighten as needed?
But that's me?
I do a lot of commercial and govt work and every working part needs to have access to check and tighten as the years go on!
There's a reason why? To me anyway. SAFETY for the ones on a ROOF TOP DECK?

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Old 05-14-2017, 05:57 PM   #22
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Old 05-14-2017, 07:50 PM   #23
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not mine, but maybe it can give you some ideas on a different approach, i have seen many that go mount on the side of the bus between the windows then up.

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Old 05-14-2017, 07:53 PM   #24
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this guy also does a great roof deck, check it out on the first page more towards the bottom. I most likely will go the same route as him.

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f11/19...stle-9911.html
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Old 05-14-2017, 09:34 PM   #25
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Old 05-15-2017, 10:19 AM   #26
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Roof Rack

Looks very comfortable!

My initial planning is going to include using the tubular seat framing from our bus to build a safari rack for the roof.

Every plan is a dream right now. Every day passed is a day closer to the future that includes a bus conversion.


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