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Old 04-06-2012, 09:52 AM   #1
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I want to make and install a front "cab" overhead cabinet. I have seen them in a 1989 motor home. My main question is: what is the best way to secure it to the overhead? I know it gets a lot of vibration, and don't want it to fall down on driver and passenger while driving (of course).

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Old 04-07-2012, 02:07 PM   #2
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Our '89 has the cabinets screwed in from below at the windsheild. there is a black frame right at the windsheild. These photos were taken with my head on the dashboard looking up at the cabinet's bottom. I removed the center temperature control pad, but could not see any attachment to the roofline.
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Old 04-07-2012, 04:58 PM   #3
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I'll get inside of my motorhome and take some more pix for you and see if I can't discover attachment points.
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Old 04-07-2012, 05:06 PM   #4
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Old 04-08-2012, 11:15 AM   #5
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Thank you, I would like all the pictures and ideas you can provide.

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Old 04-09-2012, 09:11 PM   #6
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I'll get out after work tomorrow and do some measurements (ie side-to-side, front to back @ center, height @ center) to give you some idea of how large this thing really is. I didn't pay attention to the fact that the '85 I looked at a year ago, didn't have the upper cabinet at the driver's area. Guess I was too blown away that I was inside of an actual Airstream Motorhome to pay attention to much. That's why I took along an extra set of eyes (those eyes convinced me to pass on that rig)
Too dark outside now, but look for some measurements tomorrow.
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:49 AM   #7
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Red face 1986 front cab cabinet

Thank you so much. I think I want it because I never get to use my sun visors in the original installment from the factory. I hope to have a better mounting area under the new cabinet, plus a tiny bit more storage. I just hope your measurements won't scare me away from it. We plan on using light weight material. I'll post the results after it is in. We already have the custom small doors, just exactly the same as already inside.

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Did you manage to install the overhead cabinets? I was thinking about doing the same with my '86 345. I may have to relocate the spotlight controls - as mine are mounted to the ceiling.

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Sam,

Here's some pictures showing what is under the plastic front cap. Hopefully they will give you an idea as to where you can or can't use fasteners. All you really have to fasten to is the structural framework. There is nothing under the center area of the cap to fasten too, only along the edges.

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Thanks Brad! Your photos are a priceless source of help and info!!!

Pretty much a newbie here as I have had my MH for about 2 months. Started the polishing as she is in mechanically very good shape (knock on wood!).

Followed and lurked on your dismantling/parting out of the 345 - wow!
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Thanks Brad! Your photos are a priceless source of help and info!!!

Pretty much a newbie here as I have had my MH for about 2 months. Started the polishing as she is in mechanically very good shape (knock on wood!).

Followed and lurked on your dismantling/parting out of the 345 - wow!
Glad you've enjoyed the show

It's been a lot more work than I anticipated but I sure did manage to harvest a lot of parts. As a matter of fact the last cutting to place today and it's now nothing but a pile of parts. I've got a lot of scrap to haul off and by the end of the year there won't be anything left but pallets of parts I didn't want to toss.

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