Ducato roof mounting points (2 Viewers)

Feb 25, 2020
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Just starting planning for solar on the roof of our PPVC Autocruise Alto based on a Ducato long chassis, What I would like to do is make up an alloy frame for attaching rigid panels to I have alloy welding facilities hence would like to use the Ducato roof rail mounting points.
So just asking if anyone has found / designed a way to make a low profile clamp to these roof mounting points, I have messaged a member who posted this very subject within a search awaiting a response from him hopefully.
 
Oct 9, 2019
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I am interested in the same. There are mounting lugs on the roof which. Currently have my Fiammia awning fitted to, but I am hoping to find a method of fitting a frame, possibly of 80/20 aluminium which will sit on the 6 lugs and Solar panels and awning can be bolted on.
This saves drilling into roof and all potential for water ingress.
 
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2x2 Camper thank you very much indeed exactly what I am looking for.

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I am interested in the same. There are mounting lugs on the roof which. Currently have my Fiammia awning fitted to, but I am hoping to find a method of fitting a frame, possibly of 80/20 aluminium which will sit on the 6 lugs and Solar panels and awning can be bolted on.
This saves drilling into roof and all potential for water ingress.
ive just fitted a f80s awning on a 6mtr ducato the roof lugs are so useful, No sika used !!!i did some research . you can attach other items to the awning brackets by drilling suitable holes in the brackets and use the lugs on the opposite side of the roof. vanbitz fitted solar panel i was initally worried about sika. Ash reassured me. "We use screws it wont fall off"Job done.
 
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I currently have a 180ah flexi panel sikafkexEd to the roof but when that dies, I want to have at least 2 panels giving me 350 to 400ah of solar. The longer I can leave it the better as solar tech improves
 
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Bobby-gg

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Yup, I used the mounting points for my solar install, my existing awning was mounted using thule mounting brackets, so I bought another set for the opposite side, and used so 40mmx40mm extruded aliminuim to make the frame from either side and mounted my solar to it.

I thought I'd posted it on here but I can't find it now
 
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Thanks Bobby-gg yes I also have an awning mounted on the Ducato roof mounts and was planning on drilling and tapping a thread into these to mount an alloy profile on, But if theThule / Fiamm mounts are available then that could be the way to go.
 

Bobby-gg

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Thanks Bobby-gg yes I also have an awning mounted on the Ducato roof mounts and was planning on drilling and tapping a thread into these to mount an alloy profile on, But if theThule / Fiamm mounts are available then that could be the way to go.
You might be able to zoom in and see what I did in this picture

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Hoovie

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There are a few videos on YouTube of how some people have made their own bars. Here one example




I am rather wary of the folk who have used this method (there are a few videos out there showing similar 'solutions').

The tabs on the Ducato roof are effectively locating tabs for a roofing system and are not designed to be the load-bearing part - which is what the people who are using their DIY brackets are using them for.
If you look at the 'proper' roof rack systems, such as the Fiamma ones, and also what Fiamma use these tabs for on their Awning supports, you will see the weight is taken by the roof itself, both on the inner part and on the roof shoulder. And the tab is purely there for locating the brackets.

It is very easy to make a clamp system to lock onto the tabs, but you must add on a way for the roof itself to take the weight and not the tab.

I am interested in the same. There are mounting lugs on the roof which. Currently have my Fiammia awning fitted to, but I am hoping to find a method of fitting a frame, possibly of 80/20 aluminium which will sit on the 6 lugs and Solar panels and awning can be bolted on.
This saves drilling into roof and all potential for water ingress.

If you have a Fiamma awning already, you could buy a Fiamma Roof Rack (which will distribute the load correctly on the roor and not on the lugs) and sell the parts that are duplicated to cover some of the cost. You really don't want anything "sitting" on the lugs.
 
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These are really good quality:

 
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Feb 25, 2020
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Hoovie thank you for your very valuable input and yes I understand they are just a set location point and need to be treated as such the load needs to be spread over the curved side / top etc, The ones Wiesel has linked to look well made and perhaps a piece of rolled mild steel welded to these could work well ?
 

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I used these Aiko fixings and really like them. Available without the roof bars for £20 each inc postage
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