ToorCamp 2012!

Partway through the build, we got a chance to stress test the new upper platform at Toorcamp, a hacker camp out conference.

Lessons learned:

  • The I-Beam support worked great
  • Having DJ’s on the top platform is very difficult to manage
  • People like to jump to music… bad for shocks
Castle Camp @ ToorCamp

Modifications to the vehicle for 2012

In an effort to get more people on the vehicle, we decided to reinforce the top structure and allow people to stand on the upper level. This was achieved by bracing a 8 foot wide I-Beam to the truck frame and using that as a load carrying support.
In addition, the major improvements included:

  • Significantly lighter and more usable drawbridge
  • Larger sound system,
  • Funcional PA system controlled by the driver
  • Improved operating protocols
Playa Palace Build at Crash Industries
Welding the draw bridge support

Complete 2012 Build log at Flickr