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Old 08-26-2015, 07:01 PM   #1
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Chevy van roof question

I want to install a small CB radio in my motorhome. It's a Forester on a Chevy van chassis. I'm thinking about mounting the CB just to the rear of the dome light on the ceiling. It will be easy to see, reach and hear at that location and won't interfere with moving around the cab. The ceiling of the van cab portion has a headliner that I can get wiring through near the dome light. The only thing I'm trying to find out is if the cab has a double roof? When I push up the ceiling liner it's solid metal behind it. I took out the dome light and it seems to be all solid sheet metal above the headliner. But....I know with my luck if I just drive a couple sheet metal screws through the headliner into the sheet metal they will pop out of the roof of the cab!

Has anyone else mounted a radio to the ceiling to the rear of the dome light or removed the headliner and determined if the cab has a double ceiling?


Brian Clemens or Josh Cavitt, any possibility that you can weigh in on this? Figured you've seen the cabs "naked" before the coach is installed.

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Old 08-27-2015, 11:06 AM   #2
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Most roofs have a single layer of sheet metal with "bows" or steel supports that run across at varying widths.
Pop out your dome light and loosen the headliner. You should be able to see the bow supports.
Why not just get a magnetic base for your antenna?
I use that on my truck for my FM 2-way.
Run the cable down the side in through the door jam.
Mine works fine.
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Old 08-27-2015, 05:11 PM   #3
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I'm not trying to mount the antenna to the roof, just the radio. Here's a photo of what I'm talking about. Just to the rear of the dome light is a flat spot where I'm thinking of mounting the bracket for the radio. The section that got cut out for the flip up part of the overhead bunk looks a couple inches thick, but I don't know how much of that is Chevy van and how much is Forester framework.

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