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Mounting on the inside of a leer camper, advice needed,

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by BeeRadd, May 16, 2012.

  1. May 16, 2012 at 6:07 AM
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    BeeRadd

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    So I've been wanting to mount a few things to the inside of my leer camper like, a pair of quick fists, lights, axe mount etc. etc.
    The problem is I don't know how the hell I can do it!
    It's lined with a carpet and it's composed mainly of fiberglass so I can't just magnet everything.
    I don't know if I should, or how, to drill or mount things so Im starting a thread asking for advice since I can't seem to find one!
    Here's a random picture I have that can be of slight use for reference:
    [​IMG]:eek:
     
  2. May 16, 2012 at 6:14 AM
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    Great question.
    I too have a Leer that I'd like to modify some. Would love to hear what others have done. And see pics if available.

    My $0.02 - the fiberglass material is likely about 1/4" thick. Risk of going thru or cracking material. If you have a roof mount/rack, their may be some additional material that was sprayed in to support the extra roof wt that may be usable for mounting equipment onto. :confused:
     
  3. May 16, 2012 at 6:40 AM
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    JayDirt

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    There should be some supports in the shell. Give Leer a call and ask for a cad drawing or spec sheet.
    I used the existing holes on my rack rails to mount fishing poles. I also drilled through to mount a roof rack, seemed pretty thick, but might have been insulation.
    [​IMG]
     
  4. May 16, 2012 at 6:45 AM
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    Mine is an ARE. The flat part of the roof is thicker. I have bolts though for the gutters that hold the roof rack on. I have attached a bunch of bungees to the bolt and hold kayak paddles and fishing poles up there. I will look for pics.
     
  5. May 16, 2012 at 6:50 AM
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    In the aerospce composites industry we use what are called potted inserts. These are positioned and then cut into the foam core. Followed then by epoxy to secure them.

    An easier method would be to try Click Bond products. These are external and require no drilling.

    Have a look around their catalog.

    http://www.clickbond.com/index.php

    PK
     
  6. May 16, 2012 at 6:55 AM
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    [​IMG]
    I've added them to all 4 on each side and crisscrossed them!
    [​IMG]
    Just some paracord.
    [​IMG]
    And my car alarm mount
     
  7. May 16, 2012 at 7:18 AM
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    Thanks guys! This is all great, great stuff. I will try looking up the schematics from LEER about mounting holes like yours has, TacoDaTugBoat. If I don't well then fuck my life. At that point I'll try hitting those guys up, PMK.
     
  8. May 16, 2012 at 8:40 AM
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    You can see on my roof that the middle section is thicker. I have been thinking about using some really coarse thread wood screws to mount something there.

    The clickbond stuff all appears to be adhesive mounted, which will not work on my carpeted cap. And I don't feel like trying to cut the carpet out in little areas to mount it. I have also been thinking about mounting some flat channel things that I saw somewhere on here. I will post here if I find them again.

    I still want to hear if anyone else has more to contribute. I know there are some clever peeps on here!
     
  9. May 16, 2012 at 8:43 AM
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    Can you post a link to where I could find those rod holders?
     
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    So, pretty much right after I posted this, someone broke in and stole this and everything else in my bed.
     
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    So much for the alarm system....
     
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    you need to get one of these

    http://youtu.be/Ee3L9BQQ4Gs
     
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    Not to sound the alarm (sorry TacoDaTugBoat, not meant as a poke), and not that I'm suggesting anything like a connection... but there is a danger of showing your stuff off on the web...

    Frank
     
  14. Jun 16, 2012 at 7:48 AM
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    I would like to add a roof rack on my leer 100R and I'm wondering what the best method is...subd.
     
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    Whatever you do, don't drill through the thicker part of the shell. That's a composite core and you won't be able to clamp anything down without it crushing i.e. mount your roof rack outboard of that area or you won't be able to actually tighten the nuts down. Roof racks should be out as far as possible anyways so the load weight is carried on the vertical part of the shell.

    On my previous Tacoma I used some of those heavyweight picture hangers that have the loop and a metal tab that you put the screw through. I used them as the washers for the roof rack bolts. It' not like you're going to hang much weight from them so those worked fine. I had a nylon gear hammock suspended from mine which worked pretty well for drying wet clothes while driving. I also put things that I didn't want crushed up there such as a loaf of bread.
     
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    You have to get the spec's and construction of your cap before drilling into anything. My cap is a century and they put wood in the top part to allow you to use that for mounting stuff, they even offer one's with storage already there for fishing rods, guns etc etc. Get your spec's and see what you can do , you can use existing stuff to maybe bracket off of which is what I am doing when done I will post the pics so you can see . One other thing you may want to consider doing or anyone else with a cap is to get the stone gaurd plastic stuff and wrap the top part of your tail gate with it the cap's rubber seal is going to scuff the hell out of your paint. I have the part number here some where I will post it when I find it or pm me if you need it faster. I forgot to mention I read where potted or click bond nut plates might work, I used to install those on air craft as a structural repair mech for the AF . They would not work unless you are positive they used a foam,fiberglass, metal honey comb core which to my knowledge of owning several caps from different manufacturers they do not use to expensive. Your cap is most likely layered from out side in gel coat, chopped fiber sprayed in to a negative mold, and rolled out with a light gel coat or sealer on the back side to protect the chopped fibers. You might have some alum inlaid in certain places and even phenolic for screw points etc but mainly it will be solid Epoxy emedded with fiberglass strands. There are adhesives you can use to glue brackets to the glass made by hysol ( 9446 or 934, 9309) and many others but will be expensive.

    Cypher
     
  18. Jun 19, 2012 at 5:54 AM
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    I hear you. I do doubt that there is any connection.
     
  19. Jun 19, 2012 at 6:59 AM
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    Back in the day before leash plugs were made for surfboards, we would make little "Ropes" of fiberglass strands, and then fiberglass these "ropes" to the surfboards in a half circle form. When cured, you could attach a leash to these anchor points when surfing. I thought you could attach these half circles to the shell's roof, for anchor points. What I wanted to do is make 4 anchor points so I could attach a roof cargo net like pictured. No drilling, if you have the carpet liner, you could cut a slit in the carpet and peel back, attach the anchor, then when cured re glue the carpet slit so the only thing showing would be the half circle anchor point sticking out.
    Just an idea, you could get creative with this mount system and never drill holes.
    [​IMG]
     
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