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Old 04-27-2017, 06:28 PM   #1
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Drilling a hole in the side of the trailer

Can anyone let me know the best way to drill a 7/8" hole in the side of the trailer for the installation of a Zamp port for a portable solar panel.
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Can say I've done it, but if I were to do such I'd use a 7/8" hole saw.
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Old 04-27-2017, 06:38 PM   #3
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Can say I've done it, but if I were to do such I'd use a 7/8" hole saw.
I would drill a small (1/8") pilot hole first, then enlarge it to the size of the hole saw bit, likely 1/4", and then use the hole saw.
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Old 04-27-2017, 06:51 PM   #4
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I would mask off the area you wish to drill and then drill with a hole saw . I find the tape stops the gel coat from chipping out.
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Old 04-27-2017, 06:58 PM   #5
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Drilled lot's of f.g. Yes, a pilot hole is a good idea.

Usually it's a problem free situation. On thin material, where there isn't much wall to prevent the pilot drill from wandering, I sometimes take a piece of wood a few inches square and drill it with the hole saw I'm using. I then tape it over area, using the pilot drill to center it. Not required but prevents little accidents that could damage the surrounding area.

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Old 04-27-2017, 07:09 PM   #6
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I agree with the suggestions of taping and drilling a pilot hole before drilling the 7/8" hole. There are videos on-line of drilling holes into fiberglass boat hulls that maybe worth watching and also sealing the hole afterwards with Sikaflex 292 or 3M 5200.
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Old 04-27-2017, 07:15 PM   #7
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My suggestion is having Escape drill the hole, that's what I am doing on May 23. My skills are not sufficient that I would trust putting a hole into my trailer! You are close enough to do so Barry.

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Old 04-27-2017, 07:21 PM   #8
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I use painters tape and put it over the area then drill, hole saw with pilot hole makes sense. The painters tape helps prevent chipping the gel coat as others have mentioned.
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Old 04-27-2017, 07:40 PM   #9
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You can also drill a pilot hole and then drill it out with a versa bit .
Go slow and don't force the bit. They make a versa bit that goes up to 7/8" , which is the same size as a 1/2" electrical KO.
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Old 04-27-2017, 07:46 PM   #10
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I used a sharp Forstner bit, which made a nice, very clean hole.
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