Partway through the build, we got a chance to stress test the new upper platform at Toorcamp, a hacker camp out conference.
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
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
Success! There are many things that needed changing for 2012 but it turned out great!
Playa Palace at Night!
Complete Photoset from Burning Man 2012
The whole build process of the vehicle was achieved in under 5 weeks from purchase to arriving on the Playa. Overall it was successful but a very stressful build.
Test Build of the Castle
Complete Playa Palace 2011 Build Log on Flickr