Roof and Sides

Fans / AC / Solar

Roof and Sides

Fans / AC / Solar

At some point, you are going to need to make holes in your vehicle. Do this first! It is best to determine exactly what is going on top of and what is going on the sides of the coach. Roof racks? If your van does not have them, there are existing “punch outs” on the roof channel where a rack can be secured to the roof. A short video we did will show you exactly how to build your own roof racks using Unistrut. There are also dealers who manufacture and sell very nice, high-end roof rack systems. You can install them yourself, let them do it or bring them to a nearby Upfitter like ourselves for a professional, watertight install. What about Maxxair Fans? Yes, there are other models available but we recommend the Maxxair Deluxe 7000 (white) and 7500 (smoke), are the only ones we sell. Why? They are the best. 10 Speed, can be used in the rain, ceiling fan mode, remote control, 900 CFM’s, check them out here. These (along with most other fans) require a 14” cutout to create access for the units to mount on the roof. Do you want an Air Conditioner? There are many styles available, but like in your home, most are electricity hogs, so if you plan to go this route, you had better plan to have a big battery bank, a portable generator (both) or have access to shore power. There is also a mount/pass through to run your wiring for Solar Panels and exterior mounted lighting. Lumitec Extreme Lighting offers a very nice line of LED lighting you can mount on the exterior of your van. Check them out, they are the industry standard on quality! On the sides, depending on the configuration of your van, you may want to add additional windows, side flairs and/or more!

By determining in advance the direction you are going, you can install, seal and then water test your Coach for leaks. It is extremely important it is 100% fully sealed before moving on to the next steps. Water penetration is a vans worst nightmare. I have read horror stories that a leak can go unnoticed for months or even years before the rust started to show through, by then, it is too late, you are doomed for high priced repairs.

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