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blownstang01

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I am going to be building roof racks for our Winnebago class C. I will be making a simple 8' wide aluminum square tube (X2) for Kayaks. Has anyone done this before ? How did you attach ? I would like to mount into the roof and seal the holes, but I am concerned about the layout of the internal wiring and A/C ducts built into the roof structure. I see from info online that Winnebago installs sheet metal plates where things such as satellite dish etc are to be mounted for strength, obviously I don't have these where I want to mount the racks in the rear of the coach, this has me concerned about the strength of the roof to hold a screw otherwise. I also thought about installing a nutsert through the fiberglass and wood layer of the roof to help with pull-out strength. Thoughts ?

Oh, and yes I searched this and other forums. I know how I'm going to build the racks, I have not seen a post regarding my mounting question and how others have done it. Thanks

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I have done that to 2 Itasca mh's.
They each have fiber glass roofs, and I did not put holes in the roof.
I use a 3-1/2" hole saw to make wheels/disc's/donuts. I'm not a very good scribe, I would post a picture but I've tried and have not been able to do that with my MacBook. I can e-mail pictures.
PM me your e-mail add if you would like pictures. If not I will try to explain how I built my racks.

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Dusty,
PM sent.

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Pictures sent.

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My rig came with roof rack but there is no way I would put a kayak up there - maybe on the rear bumper but not on the roof. RV roofs are one of the weak points on rigs and many avoid trying to place any weight/strain on them. Just my 02.


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X2, Kevin. What does the RV manufacturer say?


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Our factory roof rack must have been brushed by overhanging trees or something prior to our purchase. It was loose and several of the mounting screw holes leaked. I removed the rack and did a patch with eternabond tape, problem solved.
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ksg5000 wrote:

My rig came with roof rack but there is no way I would put a kayak up there - maybe on the rear bumper but not on the roof. RV roofs are one of the weak points on rigs and many avoid trying to place any weight/strain on them. Just my 02.


I don't know if you have ever walked on a Winnebago roof, but it's like walking on the ground. I go 270 (unfortunately) and the roof is a solid as a rock. Other makes I've been on, not so much, I feel like i'm going to fall through. Many people will chime in now saying that don't like how Winnebago seals the edges, but as far as being solid, I have no concern. Thanks for the input.

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