Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 07-30-2019, 11:43 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Otter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Oregon
Posts: 701
Garage
CCV Top: Unistrut or Thule?

I’m on the CCV schedule for a mid-height top. Pretty excited! I had planned to have the 60” Thule tracks installed for my kayaks and probable eventual solar, etc. CCV is happy to do that but their usual is a full-length (110” I believe) aluminum Unistrut. I’m leaning towards the Unistrut because of these factors:

1. It’s a lot longer
2. Three connecting bolts are the same ones that attach the lift mechanism; the Thule has 10 extra (each)
3. In researching the Unistrut, I’ve been impressed with the variety of connections available.

Downsides?

1. Thule/Yakima accessories won’t just click in. But I’d have to buy (expensive) Yakima adapters/towers for the stuff I already have, anyway if I go the Thule route.
2. Don’t much care for the aluminum color. But they’ll powder coat it black for me for a fee.

I need to commit pretty soon. Do you see downsides (or upsides) I’m missing?

Some photos they shared:
Attached Thumbnails
63A1A9CF-7889-4111-9994-EE6630B13F6C.jpg   D675C088-4795-4288-A625-3D34B76DF7FC.jpg   3DC009FB-2690-41DD-A229-603C7A1C10D9.jpg  
__________________

__________________
"PhoTo" - 2014 Ford E350 5.4L RB Agile 4x4 - a Multipurpose Transformer Photo Rig
Otter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2019, 12:01 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
carringb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Corvallis, OR
Posts: 4,274
Unistrut is the way to go. Strut nuts can be picked up at any home improvement store if you need to add anything.

Most Yakima stuff will bolt to it once you delete the towers. Or just mount the bars with pipe clamps. If you don't already had the bars and what not ,you can either use strut there, or use Rhino rack stuff, which is Unistrut in disguise.

__________________

__________________
2000 E350 extended wagon dually
V10 w/ Banks Powerpack, Diablo Predator
Buckstop Outback bumper/grill guard
Reunel rear bumper
carringb is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2019, 06:53 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Otter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Oregon
Posts: 701
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by carringb View Post
or use Rhino rack stuff, which is Unistrut in disguise.
Thanks carringb, thatís how I was leaning. Funny about the Rhino Rack stuff... I didnít know that!

.
__________________
"PhoTo" - 2014 Ford E350 5.4L RB Agile 4x4 - a Multipurpose Transformer Photo Rig
Otter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2019, 07:47 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
rallypanam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: San Francisco/Nevada City
Posts: 3,670
Unistrut! No question.
rallypanam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2019, 09:13 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Otter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Oregon
Posts: 701
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by rallypanam View Post
Unistrut! No question.
Because... ?
__________________
"PhoTo" - 2014 Ford E350 5.4L RB Agile 4x4 - a Multipurpose Transformer Photo Rig
Otter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2019, 10:55 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
sbgrimm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Durango, CO formerly Seattle
Posts: 130
Hey Otter, I'm in exactly the same situation with the same questions. I just heard from Mark at CCV today, he says "unistrut is far superior in every way". I want to continue to use all the Yakima round bar accessories that I've invested in over the years and was uncertain how Yakima gear attaches to the unistrut. He sent me this picture (sorry I can't get the forum tools to show the pic in the proper orientation):
Attached Thumbnails
yak rack on uni strut..jpg  
__________________
Bardo
--------------------
2005 RB-50 5.4L V8 E250 "Blanca"
sbgrimm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2019, 12:13 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
rallypanam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: San Francisco/Nevada City
Posts: 3,670
Quote:
Originally Posted by Otter View Post
Because... ?
Ultimately because itís totally flexible. Anything you want to do on the roof now or in the future is easy!

Want Yakima racks? Easy. Want Thule racks? Easy. Want anything? Easy.

Parts are all ready accessible at your local electrical supply or big box store.

And itís aluminium (If you go that way, and you should) so itís light and never rusts.
rallypanam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2019, 09:22 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Otter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Oregon
Posts: 701
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by rallypanam View Post
Ultimately because itís totally flexible. Anything you want to do on the roof now or in the future is easy!

Want Yakima racks? Easy. Want Thule racks? Easy. Want anything? Easy.

Parts are all ready accessible at your local electrical supply or big box store.

And itís aluminium (If you go that way, and you should) so itís light and never rusts.

Thanks! Thatís a rousing bunch of pros! And, yeah, aluminum!
__________________
"PhoTo" - 2014 Ford E350 5.4L RB Agile 4x4 - a Multipurpose Transformer Photo Rig
Otter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2019, 09:25 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Otter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Oregon
Posts: 701
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by sbgrimm View Post
Hey Otter, I'm in exactly the same situation with the same questions. I just heard from Mark at CCV today, he says "unistrut is far superior in every way". I want to continue to use all the Yakima round bar accessories that I've invested in over the years and was uncertain how Yakima gear attaches to the unistrut. He sent me this picture (sorry I can't get the forum tools to show the pic in the proper orientation):
Hi sbgrimm. Thanks for the pic. I turned it around. But I havenít seen that connector. Is that a Yakima tower?
Attached Thumbnails
6D60BA7D-FDCF-46B9-8753-33F38CF45912.jpg  
__________________
"PhoTo" - 2014 Ford E350 5.4L RB Agile 4x4 - a Multipurpose Transformer Photo Rig
Otter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2019, 11:33 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
rallypanam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: San Francisco/Nevada City
Posts: 3,670
Here’s a picture of my old van with unistrut... and the cool thing is the new owner wanted more solar, so it was easy for him to change the setup without any new mounting points... no new holes in the top or anything.

__________________

rallypanam is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sportsmobile SIP or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:59 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.