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Old 01-24-2014, 03:31 PM   #11
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Re: Expanded mesh decking on aluminess rack, any reasons not

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Biggest benefit of expanded metal over slats is weigh savings imho
Wouldn't that depend on the materials gauge? I might be wrong but it seems like Aluminess told me the slats were lighter on my rack design using what they suggested. Do correct me if I'm wrong Jacko. It's been a few years since I had mine installed and it hasn't been too long since you built yours.
BTW I don't have cross slats.

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Old 01-24-2014, 07:58 PM   #12
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Re: Expanded mesh decking on aluminess rack, any reasons not

I went with the slats bc I was told they were lighter. You do have to be careful walking up there though, not to step between the slats and they are slippery if wet. Grip tape helps a lot.
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Old 01-25-2014, 05:56 AM   #13
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Re: Expanded mesh decking on aluminess rack, any reasons not

I have expanded metal on the back 5 feet of the rack and stand on it almost everyday. Works great.

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Old 01-28-2014, 08:34 PM   #14
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Re: Expanded mesh decking on aluminess rack, any reasons not

Thanks for all the input and feedback. A removable deck would definitely be best of both worlds, and zip ties the perfect fastener. Sounds like the wide spaced slats are a bit tricky to get around on and narrow slats probably just as problematic to lash gear to as mesh with d-rings. I'll look around for some of that kennel flooring.

Maybe I spoke too soon about getting up on the raised PH. With some nice weather, I finally had a chance to lift the top and consider the route I had planned in my head: climb out through the front PH window onto the cab roof, turn around and hop up (over the solar panel). Right... not optimistic, but not giving up.
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:15 AM   #15
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Re: Expanded mesh decking on aluminess rack, any reasons not

I wouldn't get on top a raised ph top. I barely feel comfortable having the top up with the Aluminess rack and 2 solar panels on top much less adding another 150lb+ human on there. Def check with smb to see what your top is rated for.
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