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How to remove ceiling panels?

sandied

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Hello there we wondered if anyone would be abl to help. We have recently bought an Autocruise Starfire and would like to bolt a roofbox onto it. Is there a simple way of removing the ceiling panels over the kitchen sink so as to secure the box properly. We don't want it flying off while we are driving along. Any suggestions would be useful. thanks
 

pappajohn

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think you'll find the ceiling panel is part of the roof 'sandwich'

ie: (from the top) fiberglass, ply, polystyrene, ply with a decorative covering material.

as others have said...sikaflex adhesive/sealer and short screws.

you will find a roof box will increase your fuel consumption slightly due to extra drag/wind resistance.
 

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Dont...EVER screw,bolt anything to the roof unless you want problems in the future.
If there is roof rails affix to these.If not get a back box.
With the constant movement and vibration of a motorhome,its only a matter of time before the seal breaks and you have a damp problem.
One more thing...do you realy want to be climbing up on the roof everytime you want somthing out of the box?

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Dont...EVER screw,bolt anything to the roof unless you want problems in the future.
If there is roof rails affix to these.If not get a back box.
With the constant movement and vibration of a motorhome,its only a matter of time before the seal breaks and you have a damp problem.
One more thing...do you realy want to be climbing up on the roof everytime you want somthing out of the box?
had a look on yer roof recently Dave ?

your TV mast base will be screwed and glued......

your black tank vent tube and fridge flue will be screwed and glued....

the base for your roof fans/vents will be screwed and glued....

the list goes on.

nothing wrong with screws if you seal them properly, and the clues in the name...sikaFLEX...none hardening sealant/adhesive:thumb:::bigsmile:
 

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Mine has been on for 3 yrs plus without leaking ( yet :winky: ) but it does cost 4 mpg :Eeek: and about 10 mph off top speed :ROFLMAO:
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seriously thinking about making a back box and removing the roof box
 

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had a look on yer roof recently Dave ?

your TV mast base will be screwed and glued......

your black tank vent tube and fridge flue will be screwed and glued....

the base for your roof fans/vents will be screwed and glued....

the list goes on.

nothing wrong with screws if you seal them properly, and the clues in the name...sikaFLEX...none hardening sealant/adhesive:thumb:::bigsmile:
Yer right there John,it is sikiflex and screws...but then coated with liquid rubber...ya cant do that with a roofbox cos ya wouldnt be able ta open it.:winky:

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Personally I wouldn't have a roof box.. as already said they cost money to run, are dangerous to use and a security risk... if you can get on the roof, so can the scrotes.. why I don't like fixed ladders.

A back box would be my choice .. but before buying I would seriously question the need.. as back boxes are also a security risk and IMO look horrible ..
 

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Personally I wouldn't have a roof box.. as already said they cost money to run, are dangerous to use and a security risk... if you can get on the roof, so can the scrotes.. why I don't like fixed ladders.

A back box would be my choice .. but before buying I would seriously question the need.. as back boxes are also a security risk and IMO look horrible ..
now, a backbox on wheels...different matter :winky:

 
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sandied

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Ceiling Panels

A big thankyou to everyone for your suggestions. We wanted to try and free up some extra space within the motorhome from all of the paraphenalia thats not going to be needed all the time but obviously in an emergency. Ed has built a streamlined box for this purpoose. We may go down the route of fixing it onto the roof rails with the adhesive and screws rather than bolting it onto the roof. You have certainly given us something to consider.
We will be having our first week away in the van later this month and we are still trying to work out what we need etc. We have found this site really useful as there are so many tips and points of view on here.So thanks again.

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