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Need a little input...
Adding this Yakima to the TC and found the only area that it can really go is here. I'll need to secure it to the roof via a home made rack. I was wondering if taping into the roof is a good idea? Any thoughts?





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Geeze...are your pix big enough.............Dennis

Run a few ratchet ties around the whole thing and you're good.....D


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Satellite dishes, roof racks, TV antennas, solar panels, etc, are fastened into the roof. Like anything else, use the proper sealants and you should have no issues. I would rather have a professional looking installation even if it means drilling and screwing into the roof. Keep and eye on the sealants/caulk periodicly and you should be good to go.


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Shame you don't have a Thule storage pod then you could use the racks as intended. Just curious, how much did you pay for the solar?

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don't let them get to you about the pictures being big. I can at least see what you are talking about now.

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GregTheCampingGuy wrote:

Shame you don't have a Thule storage pod then you could use the racks as intended. Just curious, how much did you pay for the solar?

The solar was $350.00 for 135 watts. They have come down in price:
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old guy wrote:

don't let them get to you about the pictures being big. I can at least see what you are talking about now.


I set them to 640x480 oh well.

I guess what I'm concerned about is making sure that whatever I'm screwing into will hold. Do you think these things have 3/4" plywood up top? it feels like it.

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Just cover the roof and the bottom of the box with industrial strength Velcro


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Executive wrote: "Run a few ratchet ties around the whole thing and you're good....."

Wouldn't something like this be a better idea than attaching the box permenantly?

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If you build 2 cross members that span the width of the camper, you can mount the cross members to the top edges of the outer wall framing, then mount the box to the cross members. This is how most truck camper roof racks are mounted. The walls have the strength. The roof deck surface, if not mounting into the roof joists beneath, is not so strong as the walls are, for carrying much weight.


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