I'm planning on installing a CB in my Forester Class C (Chevy chassis). I'm looking at the Midland 1001LWX which is one of the smallest CBs out there. It's 4 1/2" wide, 6 1/2" deep and 1 1/2" high. It weighs 1lb, 10oz.
I want to mount it on the ceiling just behind (to the rear of the coach) from the dome light. It's easy to reach from the driver's seat but out of the way for the passenger when she's getting in and out of the co-pilot's seat. I can run the power and antenna cables through the headliner and down the A pillar. I cut up a cardboard box and taped it together so it's the same size as the radio and it fits perfectly there.
I'm thinking of getting a 4 inch by 6 inch piece of 12 gauge aluminum sheet and epoxy a couple of T nuts (actually brad nuts) to the bottom of the aluminum.
Then I figure I'll drop the headliner enough - the 4 screws come out of the bunk cutout to allow access - and slide the aluminum sheet with attached brad nut between the headliner and the steel roof panel of the van. Once attached to the roof I'll punch a couple holes through the headliner to the brad nut so that machine screws/bolts can be threaded through the radio mount into the brad nuts.
My question is related on the best way to mount the aluminum sheet to the roof of the Chevy van. I looked already, there are no cross struts - it's just sheet metal so driving a couple sheet metal screws up through it is not a good idea....they'll stick out of the roof below the overhead bunk.
I'm trying to decide if I should cover the top of the aluminum plate with 3m automotive trim tape (the double sided tape that holds on trim) or epoxy the sheet to the van roof.
Has anyone mounted anything like this with 3m trim tape?
If so how did it work out? Any other ideas or suggestions on how to mount the radio bracket to the ceiling?