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Those are nice. Given that they're vertical, I'd be worried that they'd maybe let water in.

I'm going with a lot more minimalist setup with a removable panel. I'm hoping whatever is up there without the panel will be very low-profile.

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These cable glands fit precisely, to the thread, into the circular holes:

uxcell 10 Pcs Black Plastic Waterproof Cable Glands M20 x 1.5 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007Q846A4..._jxx9wb78QRVJ5

They fit in the oval holes too with a sliced-in-half-lengthwise rubber grommet from this kit:

125pc Rubber Grommet & Plug Assortment - Includes Solid Plugs - Automotive, Airplane, Marine Applications https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00552Q1P6..._Syx9wbS3J5CZ6

This smaller gland size works beautifully as well for the circular hole:

10 Pcs PG9 Black Waterproof Cable Gland Connectors https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BXWVLNE..._6zx9wb4W5YJ3X

I sealed with this stuff:
3M Marine 5200 Adhesive Sealant, Black, 3 oz https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000Y89JC8..._VFx9wb91K343V

Here's my install that squeezed 2 16gauge and 2 14gauge wires through the smaller PG9 gland, and 2 10gauge and 4 14gauge wires through the larger.








I think these are quite un-butt, personally.
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Those are nice. Given that they're vertical, I'd be worried that they'd maybe let water in.

I'm going with a lot more minimalist setup with a removable panel. I'm hoping whatever is up there without the panel will be very low-profile.
Here is the right-angled version of the glands:
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I've seen this setup on camperize.com


It's rated 15 amps; seems a bit low. Maybe you can find something simlar for your removable panels.

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Those are nice. Given that they're vertical, I'd be worried that they'd maybe let water in.


I was worried too until I cinched down the top nut. It tightened those wires up perfectly. But I added the marine silicone stuff too between wires just in case. Then I wrapped the harness on the outside of the wires. Think I'm safe.

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I'm picking up wut your laying down! I'm sure you'll find one that'll work!
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This is what I used. Glued and sealed to the roof.
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This is what I used. Glued and sealed to the roof.
Yeah, I bought one of those, but ended up installing the double-entry version of the same thing. It had the most surface area to attach with double back tape, and also had to caulk the heck out of it. Testing soon with some rain coming in. I'll let you guys know how it works out. Thanks for everyone's suggestions!
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I think I may use the same "butt-ugly" solution you did. Can you post or send me the link to the parts you used?
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Sorry, but I found the parts rummaging around in the Home Depot electrical section. No idea exactly which parts I found, but it consists of a 90deg 1/2" waterproof bulkhead connector and a gland.
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Sorry, but I found the parts rummaging around in the Home Depot electrical section. No idea exactly which parts I found, but it consists of a 90deg 1/2" waterproof bulkhead connector and a gland.
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That'll work. I noticed that it didn't appear that you've sealed the factory roof rack mounting hole plugs. If you have ignore this but if not, I suggest that now would be a good time to do that. There have been many instances of them failing and leaking. Mine did and it wasn't very long after I bought the van. I wire brush around them, clean the area with acetone and then seal with Dap Gutter Seal. It will withstand the high temps of metal in the sun.

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I've done it on the ones I worked on. Used Dicor self leveling lap sealant.
Probably would be smart for me to do the same for the rest of 'em come spring.

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