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Old 08-06-2019, 01:41 PM   #1
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plywood thickness/roof - 2008 Sunseeker 2860

Iím having a fellow rvír Install a solar panel to keep my batteries charged when drycamping.

Does anyone know the thickness of the plywood used in the roof?

(This is happening on Thursday, 8/8 - so the sooner the better for the answer!)

TIA! Much appreciated!

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Old 08-06-2019, 02:51 PM   #2
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I mounted 2 panels on my roof. Used inch screws that fit the holes in the brackets that came with them. Marked the holes, drilled starter holes. Used self leveling Dicor over the holes, set the panels down over the Dicor, screwed them down and put self leveling Dicor over and around all the mounts. Do not over tighten the screws. Did that in 2013 and maybe 80000 miles and no movement from them.
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Old 08-06-2019, 03:08 PM   #3
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Thanks!

The install detail is great, thank you!

Do you know the thickness of the plywood in the roof?
(Or the screw length you used?)

TIA!
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Old 08-06-2019, 04:18 PM   #4
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Not sure how thick since its a sandwich type deal. I used 1 inch pan head wood screws. The 2 panels equal 305. 145 + 160.
I just know at 185 lbs the roof does not move under me. There is aluminium framing.
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Take the inside trim down from one of the roof fans and see if that tells you anything. The Filon is 1/16" but do not know the actual roof thickness.
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Old 08-07-2019, 06:31 PM   #6
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Check with the manufacture before drilling. I was ready to install 2 panels on my Forest River Mini Lite and decided to call the manufacture before drilling. He told me that there was insufficient plywood to hold the screws and that they would eventually rip out. I called a structural engineer friend and he agreed. At highway speeds the air flows cause powerful lift and the panels would simply be sucked off if there was insufficient anchoring.
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2010 2650 Sunseeker with 200 watts of solar panel mounted on roof with 3/4" screws and dicor at each interface.
30,000 miles of mostly boondocking and rough back roads combined with freeway speeds; no loosening of screws or panel.
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