The last big job I needed to finish before I could see the electrician, was to install roof racks on the bus. I needed them to mount my solar panels.

There are pros and cons for using roof racks instead of mounting solar panels directly to the roof, but for me, the biggest factor in deciding to go this way was that I just didn’t want to risk having more leaks and rust in the bus from drilling a bunch of holes in the roof.

Unlike standard car roof racks, there aren’t a llot of options available off the shelf that will fit the high roof of a Toyota Coaster Bus.

I ended up buying gutter-mount brackets from Roof Rack World ( and made the rails myself from lengths of aluminium.

Building the roof racks was a huge job and unfortunately, I ended up having to do it twice!