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#1 Liebe2reisen

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 10:55 PM

We'd like to mount a back-up camera either above the door or above the light on the Fleet.  I'm looking for information about how to do this.  Where are the aluminum "studs"?  

 

We'd also like to install a short track right outside the door for mounting a drop-down shelf/utility table.  Any ideas greatly appreciated!


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#2 moveinon

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 11:21 PM

You should be able to contact 4 wheel campers and based on year and number get a plan for where the stud placement is.  I think that changed some on different years and models.  Good luck, hardest thing for me was to drill into the outside of my fleet for the solar hookup.  I have mounted a camera off a wrecked truck on the underside of my Fleet with a simple homemade bracket and it works well OEM just plugs in like the tailgate.


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#3 Liebe2reisen

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 11:31 PM

I too mounted the new camera under the Fleet - works great, but I've just purchased a hitch-mount bike rack so I need to move it.  Thanks for the suggestion to contact 4-Wheel.


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#4 Vic Harder

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 11:44 PM

when i gutted my Hawk last year I took lots of pics of the framing.  Made it very easy to locate a 2 /12 hole between studs only 3" apart last weekend.  

 

Maybe you can look for staples to see where the studs are?


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#5 inciter

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 11:55 PM

Remember when screwing into Aluminum siding you are use compatible screws. Other than that as long as you can secure it while driving (Fold Up) locked your good to go. 

 

Does anyone have specs as to the studs and the distance? 

 

Tim

 

PS Great Idea! ! ! 


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#6 JaSAn

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 12:58 AM

I ran a Mr. Heater in my camper this winter.  After about 20 minutes water was condensing on the walls where they touched the frame, giving me their location.  Could still do it if your area has low dew points.

 

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 04:22 PM

I hope these help. I downloaded these off the internet. They are of an older FWC model. Good for reference anyway.

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 06:57 PM

Anybody try using a studfinder?  I would think that the aluminum studs would be higher density than the rest of the walls, but maybe not enough difference to show up on a studfinder (I'm thinking the Zircon density type, not just a simple magnet).


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Posted 17 April 2018 - 09:03 PM

I got someone at FWC to send me pictures of the frame.


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Posted 18 April 2018 - 12:25 AM

I hope these help. I downloaded these off the internet. They are of an older FWC model. Good for reference anyway.

 

Tippy: any idea on the year/model for these?


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