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Old 05-17-2016, 11:02 AM   #1
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Mounting options on the TH exterior

I am adding some additional lighting (LED light bar at about 3-4 pounds - so not too heavy) over the rear ramp and wondering what type of screws to use. I know some will say no, no, no to drilling any hole in the exterior, but it is no different than the Dutchmen mounting an awning to the side.

I could go to the local stealership and ask, but I value opinions and experiences from this forum far more than any dealers.
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Old 05-17-2016, 03:21 PM   #2
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Don,

How many screws are used? If you hit a structural member, #8 tapping screws would do nicely. Butyl tape on the back of the light will seal the screw holes and provide additional support.

If I'm not hitting a stuctural member, it's a job for nutserts, so I can get the tape compressed.
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Going to be just two screws. Thanks for the tip!

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Old 05-17-2016, 07:34 PM   #4
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I would use these and call it good:

8x1" Square Philips Pan Head RV Screws Polar White - RV Parts Nation

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Old 05-17-2016, 10:37 PM   #5
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I would use stainless #8, probably 1" to 1.25" try to hit a framing member.

Second choice would be some 3m VHB tape, actually that might be my first choice.

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I've already added lights to my rear ramp. If you don't want to use screws, check out the following link... starting with post #14.

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I've already added lights to my rear ramp. If you don't want to use screws, check out the following link... starting with post #14.

Patio/Ramp Lightinhg
Hi, Tom. Neat idea, but I am actually mounting an LED light bar up above the awning and below the camera as a reverse light. We return from race tracks late and dark and want to see behind me when backing into the driveway. We've been thru three backup cameras now and I have no faith in them at all. Considered mounting it below the ramp but I want it up high to really throw the light around. Hoping to do this this weekend and I will post pics when complete.


I still may do this one though as well - I like it!
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Donz,

Were you at the wreckfest on Sunday? That was some crazy stuff, when we were at the fall race in 2013, flagman didn't get much exercise. Never saw a yellow all day, even the faster cars coming flag didn't see much use.
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Were you at the wreckfest on Sunday? That was some crazy stuff, when we were at the fall race in 2013, flagman didn't get much exercise. Never saw a yellow all day, even the faster cars coming flag didn't see much use.
Afraid we weren't, but Dover is on the bucket list for sure. Watched it from my recliner while smoking a brisket and ribs. We are going to both MIS races this year and Darlington. We do want to go back to Kentucky - we were there for the inaugural. Our usual group is too busy this time.
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Afraid we weren't, but Dover is on the bucket list for sure. Watched it from my recliner while smoking a brisket and ribs. We are going to both MIS races this year and Darlington. We do want to go back to Kentucky - we were there for the inaugural. Our usual group is too busy this time.
Don't the brisket and ribs make the paper wet and hard to light?

My bucket list is Martinsville, Bristol, Richmond and of course the Lady in Black and some of the old tracks that aren't on the schedule anymore and may not even exist any more like, Birmingham, Hickory, Concord and how cool would it be to sit on the fifty yard line at Bowman-Gray and watch short track Saturday night. I'm slowing down in my old age, it's more about the history for me now.

I got my momma to thank for filling my viens with full of gasoline and oil. I was just barely walking and she would pack me up in the buggy and walk over the the little short track to watch the 1/4 midgets on Saturday afternoon. Grew up watching short track racing on 3/8 & 1/2 mile tracks under the lights.

Have to say the last few changes to the aero have made the racing alot more interesting. Be interesting to see what happens when they take the side force down a notch.
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