Roof rail for solar, awning, etc. - Page 2 - Ford Transit USA Forum
 5Likes
Reply
 
Thread Tools
post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 10:45:AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Occidental, Ca.
Posts: 2,750
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 980 Post(s)
One way of mounting a single 300 watt solar panel without a rack:

http://www.ortontransit.info/solar.php

2015 high roof 148" WB 3.5 Ecoboost 3.31 LS rear cargo.
orton is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #12 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 11:31:AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: mississippi
Posts: 815
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 196 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by WhereDoIgoFromHere View Post
Michael, if you had it to do over what would you do differently? For me the noise factor is big. Plus I want to keep it as low profile as possible with minimum hit on the fuel economy.
yeah, something like the ford roof rack bars would be a better choice, or roof rack mounts and bars like what (dare i say it?) hein sells, (or use to sell?) and sometime advertises on this forum.

although i did really like how transit forum member Skagistan mounted his low slung solar panels, browse his Flicker link pictures to see how he did it: https://www.flickr.com/photos/skagit...57653213165316

2016 transit cargo 250 MR, LWB, 3.5 eco, 3.31 limited slip

Last edited by Michael Ophus; 01-11-2017 at 11:41:AM.
Michael Ophus is online now  
post #13 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 11:50:AM
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 56
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by RonR View Post
Has anyone installed this: Weather guard mounting channel.

http://www.weatherguard.com/en/view/...0Kit/2102-0-01

Seems a perfect solution for solar, awning and other roof junk. Aluminum, predrilled, correct spacers, strong dimensions.

I'll order some in a day or two.
Ron
I installed the weatherguard channel. So far I have not installed cross bars. I plan on using Heins tower supports for cross bars when the time comes. That will get the cross bars high enough to clear the mid roof area.

I'm happy with the channel. Make sure you use the RTV silicon that Weatherguard recommends. Two of my pre-threaded for inserts did not line up with the hole in the roof. I had to cut the holes a bit larger, and treat the bare metal with paint prior to finishing the install. And vacuum out the tailing as best you can from the hole. There is also a 10lb torque limit installing the bolts. I believe this is so all the RTV silicon doesn't get pressed out from under the rubber plate. After all the bolts were in I placed a healthy amount of silicon in the channel where the bolts are just to try and make it as water tight as possible. I may put Dicor lap seal on this spring around the base plates. So far no leaks in mine in the wet northwest.

I have the 148 wb, one thing to note is the weather guard channel for this length covers the plastic caps on the rood in the rear of the van. These rear caps don't have threaded inserts in them and are just ports into the van. I decided to cut about 8-inches off the channel at the rear so that I could keep access to these ports in the future.

These channels are the way to go. Leaves you the most options for mounting stuff in the future. I've looked at two sprinters that used the channel system and they each had a rack and awning mounted off the channel. good luck
RonR likes this.

2015 T250 LWB High Roof Cargo - converting to camper
bshred is online now  
 
post #14 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 11:57:AM
Senior Member
 
EddieZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Georgia
Posts: 1,337
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 393 Post(s)
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by bshred View Post
I installed the weatherguard channel...
Are spacers used at the bolt-down pads? It looks to me like spacers would be necessary, since the pads dip down lower than the roof surface.

Transit 250 Cargo MR LWB 3.5L w/3.31

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
EddieZ is online now  
post #15 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 01:16:PM
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 56
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by EddieZ View Post
Are spacers used at the bolt-down pads? It looks to me like spacers would be necessary, since the pads dip down lower than the roof surface.
Yes they use rubber rectangular pads.

Sent from my VS820 using Tapatalk

2015 T250 LWB High Roof Cargo - converting to camper
bshred is online now  
post #16 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 02:58:PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Posts: 64
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
Thanx
They are already on order. Definitely the way to go.

I may use 3M 5200 or Sikaflex 291 rather than silicone. It may be the way I clean and apply but silicone always seams to eventually pull away from the metal.

Ron
RonR is offline  
post #17 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-12-2017, 11:14:AM
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 56
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by RonR View Post
Thanx
They are already on order. Definitely the way to go.

I may use 3M 5200 or Sikaflex 291 rather than silicone. It may be the way I clean and apply but silicone always seams to eventually pull away from the metal.

Ron
keep me posted on the other product. I just went with the manufacturer recommendation. These are going on 100's of commercial rigs out there so I'd be surprised if it was a bad system to begin with. But you never know.

preparing the surface and cleaning it with alcohol is key. The RVT silicon is really robust. Same stuff used for shower door installs. Just get the auto version type. believe it has a higher temp range for the auto version of RVT.

2015 T250 LWB High Roof Cargo - converting to camper
bshred is online now  
post #18 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-12-2017, 11:15:AM
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 56
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
link to photo of weatherguard channel installed
https://goo.gl/photos/2PWRc4piZxjY2UVr6
camp&ride and RonR like this.

2015 T250 LWB High Roof Cargo - converting to camper
bshred is online now  
post #19 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-14-2017, 11:29:PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 29
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
the racks do seem to add the ability to make changes easier down the road. And you can mount so many other things up there if you choose to.
TransitFool is offline  
Reply

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



  Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sliding storage and roof rack, awning Bca1313 Interior 6 12-21-2016 02:54:PM
Looking for ideas for an awning. rene12341 Ford Transit General Discussion 22 11-02-2016 07:54:PM
Solar, roof vent, fridge and battery questions Chatski Camper Vans and Conversions 3 04-03-2016 10:37:AM
New Question: Awning Airedrifter Camper Vans and Conversions 1 01-26-2015 08:57:PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off