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Old 06-26-2019, 12:32 PM   #1
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INSANE Rooftop Deck

Over a year ago we decided to take a vacation and while we were away we didn't want the bus sitting idle when work could be getting done. We took it to our welder who had it for 9 weeks designing, laser cutting, bending, and welding a 27' aluminum deck which houses our solar panels. The panels will be tucked under the deck when traveling and popped out when stationary.

We will be using a 4.5kwh Tesla module for power.

Read more about it at http://Sasquatters.com/deck-yes















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Old 06-26-2019, 02:08 PM   #2
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Over a year ago we decided to take a vacation and while we were away we didn't want the bus sitting idle when work could be getting done. We took it to our welder who had it for 9 weeks designing, laser cutting, bending, and welding a 27' aluminum deck which houses our solar panels. The panels will be tucked under the deck when traveling and popped out when stationary.

We will be using a 4.5kwh Tesla module for power.


















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Spare no expense!!! Are the panels on motorized slide rails or "wings"?
This has to be one of the most elaborate units on the site. Very nice, thanks for posting pics!
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Old 06-26-2019, 02:45 PM   #4
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Spare no expense!!! Are the panels on motorized slide rails or "wings"?
This has to be one of the most elaborate units on the site. Very nice, thanks for posting pics!

Heavy duty sides. I may add an actuator. Weíll see.
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Heavy duty sides. I may add an actuator. Weíll see.
can you tilt them towards the sun?
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can you tilt them towards the sun?


Not yet. We basically just need to get the deck done so we could install the ceiling and continue with the build. Itís basically been neglected since installation.
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I gotta ask, what did that artwork set you back?
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Old 06-26-2019, 02:58 PM   #8
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Hell's bells! That looks very much like the design I've had in mind for about a year now!
Looks great, & looking forward to it's development.
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I gotta ask, what did that artwork set you back?

To keep it a bit fun and to not discourage others from seeking similar setups, Iíll only say more than $2,000 but less than $10,000


I really wish I had the CAD design. I believe that was most of the cost.
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To keep it a bit fun and to not discourage others from seeking similar setups, Iíll only say more than $2,000 but less than $10,000


I really wish I had the CAD design. I believe that was most of the cost.
I laughed as I read this. I told my self $10k is more than $2k before I finished the sentence. I would only consider that kind of money in a build I had no intentions of selling and recouping it.
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Very nice work there!
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I laughed as I read this. I told my self $10k is more than $2k before I finished the sentence. I would only consider that kind of money in a build I had no intentions of selling and recouping it.

People seem to think that they can build a bus and flip it and make a bunch of money. While it has happened, itís rare. If we were to ever get a different bus we would likely take this deck off.
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Thatís amazing. Someone may have already mentioned it will not produce much if any power while driving which was one of the design goals of my system. But now I think it through the percentage of time the vehicle is actually driving is small. So not much loss doing it the slide-out-from-under method. Nicely done. I like aluminum. Am thinking about all aluminum framed and skinned interior with a little wood trim to make it look deluxe.
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Thatís amazing. Someone may have already mentioned it will not produce much if any power while driving which was one of the design goals of my system. But now I think it through the percentage of time the vehicle is actually driving is small. So not much loss doing it the slide-out-from-under method. Nicely done. I like aluminum. Am thinking about all aluminum framed and skinned interior with a little wood trim to make it look deluxe.

It wonít produce any power when they are in because they will be fully covered by deck boards.
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This is super cool.
How far out will the panels slide?
I will be curious if you have any issues with the deck shading the panels just a little bit, and how that will effect their production.
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This is super cool.

How far out will the panels slide?

I will be curious if you have any issues with the deck shading the panels just a little bit, and how that will effect their production.


The panels slide out fully as shown in the last photo. Eventually the panels themselves will be on a tilt.
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To keep it a bit fun and to not discourage others from seeking similar setups, Iíll only say more than $2,000 but less than $10,000


I really wish I had the CAD design. I believe that was most of the cost.
Fusion360 is available for free for student/hobby use.
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Every program is free Itís just unfortunate to not have the actual design that was already made
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Wait...did you pay someone to design it for you and they didn't give you the CAD file?
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Wait...did you pay someone to design it for you and they didn't give you the CAD file?


Correct. We donít own the file.
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