My next project is to mount three 100w solar panels on my van's curved fiberglass high top.
I decided among all the mounting options and the risks involved with each, that my best bet to get all three panels mounted would be to install a roof rack via artificial rain gutters.
I want to do something like is mentioned by @MrMyagi in this thread:
Originally Posted by MrMyagi
I ended up installing a rack myself using side plates from Thule, and towers from Yakima with Yakima cross bars. I did not want to install the roof rails on the top of the roof. I was worried about eventual leaking. I opted for the side plates with a heavy dose of silicone to prevent leaking. The rack is very sturdy and currently holds a large cargo carrier that has a lot of stuff in it. Our Roadtrek is a 4x4 which we use on bumpy roads frequently. The rack has stayed solid with some crazy swaying back and forth (of the van) sometimes.
I too started down the road of looking for the gutter mount towers. It ended up in frustration. I even contacted Thule directly for help. I am glad I decided to go the way I did. It has worked out well. It was terrifying to drill the first hole carefully into the side of the fiberglass cap but I got over it quickly. As far as taking kayaks and paddle boards, take a look at my thread in the General Discussion section about my vertical kayak carrier. I don’t know how long your kayak and PB is but maybe it can work for you too.
Photos of his result: https://imgur.com/gallery/GPa3JPe
In order to install the artificial rain gutters, I'll need access to the inside wall of the roof, but some of it is covered by cloth or plastic panels and/or cabinets.
I think I can remove the panels easily via a few screws here and there, but there are these floating cabinets that for the life of me I can't find how to remove. I attached a photo of them below.
When I run my hand along the edge they are essentially floating, and there is no backing to them so when I open them, the back wall is just the paneling that covers the inside wall of the whole van.
Does anyone know how to remove these?