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Old 10-19-2020, 06:16 AM   #1
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Default Roadtrek ceiling/ roof liner question.

Hello and thanks again everyone for all the help .

I have an 04 Roadtrek 190 and was thinking of doing a simple mod.
I wanted to see if Iím able to drill some short screws up the interior ceiling to mount some brackets or hooks.
The idea it so I can hang some fishing poles up high there to save some space.

Does anyone know what material is up top? After the vinyl or leather surface.
Is it safe to drill short screws or if you know, how much space I have to work with up there?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks again everyone!
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Old 10-19-2020, 01:48 PM   #2
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on my pleasure way I had to remove my fan to do some other work- when the fan was out I was able to see the gap between roof and headliner, where the wiring was run etc.


assuming you have an awning- would it be possible to mount a length of pvc pipe to carry rods?
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Old 10-19-2020, 04:25 PM   #3
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on my pleasure way I had to remove my fan to do some other work- when the fan was out I was able to see the gap between roof and headliner, where the wiring was run etc.


assuming you have an awning- would it be possible to mount a length of pvc pipe to carry rods?
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Thanks for the tips. What was the material in the headliner? does it seem like it was something that can be drilled into. Having hooks inside would be dual purpose to hang other light items too such as those bug lights too.
I saw some mods for PVC storage outside, but since I don't have a ladder, accessing them would be a tad inconvenient. And I kinda prefer not to drill anything on the outside.
It's still an option, but if I have no other choices.
Thanks again.
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A strong magnet might locate the "Studs" for you. Rolling the dice hoping to miss drilling into any electrical.
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Old 10-19-2020, 05:01 PM   #5
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Hello and thanks again everyone for all the help .

I have an 04 Roadtrek 190 and was thinking of doing a simple mod.
I wanted to see if Iím able to drill some short screws up the interior ceiling to mount some brackets or hooks.
The idea it so I can hang some fishing poles up high there to save some space.

Does anyone know what material is up top? After the vinyl or leather surface.
Is it safe to drill short screws or if you know, how much space I have to work with up there?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks again everyone!
The ceiling in my 09/10 Roadtrek C190P is primarily some very thin plywood, with the some padding and the vinyl liner applied. The exception is the very forward portion, which is thin plastic (ABS?) instead of the plywood; I assume this is because of the curvature of this area. There is a small area where there is both plywood and plastic, but it is fairly far forward. This entire ceiling is retained in position by the cabinets, and also by a number of screws. The screws have little round "snap cap" covers over them. The fiberglass top, which is fairly thick, has small wooden blocks glued on where these screws are, so that you are screwing into the wood rather than the fiberglass.

As for how much clearance there is between the ceiling and the roof, it is a small but variable amount, probably 1/4". If you are drilling a small pilot hole, you should be able to feel when you go through the plywood. Beware that your drill bit will probably start wrapping up some of the padding between the vinyl and plywood.

Bottom line is that what you want is doable, albeit you'll need to be careful of hitting your head on these hooks or your fishing poles. If you need more info, I can dig through my photos ...
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Hello and thanks again everyone for all the help .

I have an 04 Roadtrek 190 and was thinking of doing a simple mod.
I wanted to see if Iím able to drill some short screws up the interior ceiling to mount some brackets or hooks.
The idea it so I can hang some fishing poles up high there to save some space.

Does anyone know what material is up top? After the vinyl or leather surface.
Is it safe to drill short screws or if you know, how much space I have to work with up there?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks again everyone!
I'm not sure if the 04 is the same type of topper that I have on my 1994 chevy roadtrek but I can tell you what I have.
I decided to gut my roadtrek out because there had been so much water damage to it the I was having rust show up/windows leaking etc.
What I see is that there are areas that have wood blocking under fibelgass (where the pintucks are that hold up the vinyl liner). There is foam (like you see for cooler insulation) apx 1/2" thick sandwiched between fiberglass. The screws holding the pintucks are very short-maybe 3/8" (I could measure them later today).
I could try to get some pics later today if you would like.
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Old 10-21-2020, 05:02 PM   #7
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Thank you. Some pics would be awesome! I would great appreciate that.
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Hi Kon,
I know it's hard to tell what you are looking at by the pics but just trying to show the the topper on the roadtrek is not that strong- it is basically foam sandwiched between a thin film of fiberglass that has small pieces of wood scattered in places where very small screws could hold up the vinyl. The pic with 2 parallel strips is after the fan heading towards the back door. You can kind of see them in the 3rd pic that I tried to get the whole ceiling.
If you have a particular place where you would like to hang your fishing rods and you would like me to measure out where the blocks are let me know. I will be working on the van the next 2 weeks then it is going in for fiberglass and metal repair.
This remake of the campervan is moving very slowly!
Hope this helps,
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Thanks ! That’s really helpful.
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You're welcome, glad I could help.
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You're welcome, glad I could help.
Hope you share some pics later on when your project is finished too. Thanks again!
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