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Old 08-26-2019, 02:17 PM   #1
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Roof Rack/Desk side or top mount

Getting ready to mount panels to my roof via a large rectangular frame with legs on it.

I have really been struggling with the decision of attaching the legs to the side of the bus between the windows. or the top of the bus with brackets on the ribs.

I really like the idea of the top. I think it would be more sturdy, use less material and look better, but am not excited about introducing an avenue for water to get in.

Who has experience with this, Do you like the way it ended up, or do you wish you would have gone one way or the other?

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Old 08-26-2019, 03:21 PM   #2
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Before you do that you should make sure you can get insurance for you bus after you do the deck.
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Old 08-26-2019, 03:29 PM   #3
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You can use rivet nuts to attach it easily.
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=rivet+nut...l_3rq86a8pny_e
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Old 08-26-2019, 03:47 PM   #4
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This is not a deck. Just a frame to attach solar panels to
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Old 08-26-2019, 03:50 PM   #5
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This is not a deck. Just a frame to attach solar panels to
Thatís perfect. I want to know too.
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Old 08-26-2019, 04:11 PM   #6
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Rivet nuts are perfect for attaching anything to the roof of the bus including solar panels. Just drill a hole insert the nut, pop the rivet and insert bolt. Presto!
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Old 08-26-2019, 04:32 PM   #7
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Rivet nuts are perfect for attaching anything to the roof of the bus including solar panels. Just drill a hole insert the nut, pop the rivet and insert bolt. Presto!
This is the tool and rivnut bought of Amazon for around $60 . Indeed, a wonderful tool. Access panels, hard points, removable anything and so much nicer than a tek drive. Using it right now to attach custom clearance lites on my roof.
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Old 08-26-2019, 05:27 PM   #8
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This is the tool and rivnut bought of Amazon for around $60 . Indeed, a wonderful tool. Access panels, hard points, removable anything and so much nicer than a tek drive. Using it right now to attach custom clearance lites on my roof.
Are they waterproof?
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Old 08-26-2019, 06:15 PM   #9
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Are they waterproof?
The rivnut to both sides of your substrate, installed correctly, yes. But remember it has a whole in the center with threads so a little sealant on the bolt will help make it very water resistant. My original clearance markers were sheet metal scews right into the roof and they never leaked but the holes were corroded. Rivnuts are a much better installation practice.
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We used Blind Bolts https://www.blindbolt.com/ to attach heavy duty L brackets through the ribs, then angle iron bolted to the L brackets, and panels bolted to the angle iron. Lots of Dicor lap sealant smothered on each penetration. No special tools are required to install the blind bolts.
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