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Old 08-27-2019, 12:26 PM   #21
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Also in using rivnuts, it can always replace a rivet. This would allow you the structural support of the crossmember and no new penetrations in the roof.
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Old 08-27-2019, 01:29 PM   #22
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Ribs are like an upside down hat channel. Unfortunately I didnt decided on how to build the rack until after I installed the ceiling. Had planned to drill a hole all the way through the outer skin, the hat channel, and the ceiling and put a large bolt thru. But will reeval the rivnuts.
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Old 08-27-2019, 06:23 PM   #23
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Ribs are like an upside down hat channel. Unfortunately I didnt decided on how to build the rack until after I installed the ceiling. Had planned to drill a hole all the way through the outer skin, the hat channel, and the ceiling and put a large bolt thru. But will reeval the rivnuts.
Ah, U-channel, upside down hat, I get it. How are the channels attached to the roof? And the ceiling is already done, and beautiful by the way... I am planning a special spray foam Labor day weekend this weekend, if I can finish up boxing the front wheel wells... Your ceiling planks (and other woodwork) look really nice, great work.
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Old 08-27-2019, 06:52 PM   #24
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Ah, U-channel, upside down hat, I get it. How are the channels attached to the roof? And the ceiling is already done, and beautiful by the way... I am planning a special spray foam Labor day weekend this weekend, if I can finish up boxing the front wheel wells... Your ceiling planks (and other woodwork) look really nice, great work.
The roof skins are riveted to the bottom of the hat brim on both sides.
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Old 08-27-2019, 07:14 PM   #25
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I never really thought of it that way, but the roof is actually full of holes isn't it.
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Old 08-27-2019, 07:30 PM   #26
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I never really thought of it that way, but the roof is actually full of holes isn't it.
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Old 08-27-2019, 08:33 PM   #27
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Now some people might consider me biased to rivnuts because of my screen name... and it's true.
As you should be! I deal with rivnuts / nutserts on a regular basis and they're wonderful things.
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Old 08-27-2019, 08:43 PM   #28
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Had planned to drill a hole all the way through the outer skin, the hat channel, and the ceiling and put a large bolt thru.
Carriage bolt with a pronged anti-turn washer? Your nut would be on the roof side and a tastefully painted carriage bolt head on your ceiling.
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Old 08-27-2019, 08:55 PM   #29
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Old 09-04-2019, 04:27 PM   #30
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we went the roof deck + solar panel combo bolting down the sides. has held up perfectly the last 4 years since install. my philosophy is if you can avoid drilling through the roof do so. had a few leaks even being careful with silicone in some of the places where we did.
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