Mounting ideas for ceiling rail inside troopy.

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 20:09
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Hi all. I want to manufacture & mount a ceiling cage for surf boards and other items inside my Troopy. Has anyone got any ideas or even pictures on how you think i should go about this. I know how i'm going to make the cage but the problem is how and where to mount it. I.E tap thread into frame above window or hang bracket over lip on the inside of roof. Minimum damage optimum.
Also i'm not sure if it will create any extra problems having it up their, it will probably weigh about 50kg finished. Any ideas?
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Reply By: mountainman - Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 20:27

Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 20:27
the restraints for the surf board want to be damn good..
in the case of an accident.. she comes forward and knocks your head off......

kind of like in point break..... ha ha

surf board lets go, and choppy chop of the drivers head..

worse case scenario but good old murphy is only around the back.

waiting for you to collect................ ha ha

option would be an angle at the front that stops the front of the board moving..
sideways and forward..
obviously a soft but thick rubber would do the job..

id be using 25 by 25 rhs around the 2.5 wall thickness..
their is a rivet available today you drill a hole and has internal threads..
works very very well.
idealy 8 of these should be ample, and use high tensile bolts..

use two or 3 cross bars for the rack.. but use the mesh stuff conservatively..

or another idea is go to the tip and get a old ally screen door where the mesh goes all the way than half way..

I think its a captive nut your chasing..
your better off marking the holes..
finding out what size bolts your going to run..
and drill to suit the captive nuts..
then get to a engineering firm and get them to install the nuts, as I don't think the tooling is cheap to buy, considering you only got 8 or soo to do..

that's my idea.....
and in the trade.. to know..
an m8 or m10 bolt would be ample on the captive nuts

youll need to do a dummy run and get the length and angles right for the mounting, all of which could be same length or different
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Follow Up By: gbc - Sunday, Jul 07, 2013 at 17:15

Sunday, Jul 07, 2013 at 17:15
I think you are thinking of a nutsert.
I had a kombi in the 80s with an internal board rack. Very simple and covered with foam - boards were occy strapped in. Just a few bits of 10 x 10 screwed together in situ - worked a treat. Amplimesh screening works well because you have tie off points everywhere - I have two joined together on the rack of my builder's trailer.
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Reply By: Member - John - Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 20:52

Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 20:52
Hi, not sure of the internals of the Troopy, but are there grab handles or places for them to be bolted? You maybe able to utilise them if they are present. Nutserts are the things you maybe able to use. Cheers, John
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