Ok so about a year ago I scored a great deal. $500 for a SkyShed Pod XL1 (insulated) with visor, and a metal pier. It looks similar to the SkyShed pier but a little different.
I am finally inching my way towards getting this thing set up. I am getting ready to reach out to contractors to put down a slab. 10x12 or maybe 12x12. My plan is before they put the concrete down, I want to pour concrete for the pier. Then frame that off so the pier is separate from the slab. First of all, is that necessary for imaging? I gather that it is, but if I can get away with just bolting the pier to the concrete slab that would be easier!
Second, how thick should this slab be? I have read 4 inches should be enough since all it will do is support the Pod.
A pier question is, I plan to have a 10in or so sonotube pier below ground which the metal pier will bolt to. I plan on it being 24-36 inches. We are in Chesapeake, VA. There is a lot of clay and sand here and while freezing happens it looks as though our frost line is only 10 inches according to my googling. I plan to use 4 bolts sunk into the concrete and hope to do all of my leveling via those 4 bolts and nuts. My plan is to secure the AP adapter to the top of the metal pier. So the "rat cage" will be between the concrete and the pier. My thought process is those bolts are heavier and will have less flex. But I am concerned because there will be more total weight on them than a rat cage under the mount but above the pier.
The AP adapter has fairly small holes for the bolts, so I worry that those would flex too much.
So what do you folks think?