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Old 02-09-2021, 01:18 AM   #11
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I bought a set of 3 weather guard contractor roof/ladder racks on craigslist for $75. Gutter mounts and adjustable square cross bars all together. I see them for sale fairly often. They are utilitarian, but you could easily make them work to hold your cargo box. Pic from weather guard's website.
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Old 02-09-2021, 07:04 PM   #12
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Here is the one I built about 18 years ago. It has a 6 foot center fence section and two gate sections one in front and one in back. Then I added full length upper tubing and light mount.
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Old 02-14-2021, 02:16 PM   #13
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Yea the gutter mount and fabbing something up seems like a good way to go. I wish I had welding skills
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Old 02-14-2021, 07:15 PM   #14
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The K Suspension XJ gutter mounts clamp onto the Econoline rain gutters just fine. They don't have quite enough rise, so a flat bar laid across them will hit the top center of the roof, where it's domed up the highest. I don't see that as a big issue, just something to accommodate in the design. These things are super sturdy -- they're made out of 3/16" thick steel.
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Old 02-15-2021, 10:01 AM   #15
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Aluminess makes one that you see on the new SMB classic and they are asking $1700 for it.
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Old 02-15-2021, 10:28 PM   #16
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The K Suspension XJ gutter mounts clamp onto the Econoline rain gutters just fine. They don't have quite enough rise, so a flat bar laid across them will hit the top center of the roof, where it's domed up the highest. I don't see that as a big issue, just something to accommodate in the design. These things are super sturdy -- they're made out of 3/16" thick steel.
The gutter mounts you say will work just use 2"x !/2" or 3/4"rectangular steel tubbing double it up where the mounts are for spacing, or if you use the fence rail from Home Depot just do the same with some extra tubing. You'll be into this for under $400.00 and it is all bolt together.
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That's roughly what I have in mind, yeah. If I could weld it'd be even more straightforward, but it should all bolt together pretty easily.
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Old 02-17-2021, 01:10 PM   #18
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The mounts can be bolted unless you are going to weld up on the roof. I mean you can tack weld them then weld them up on the ground to save the splatter but bolted to the mounts is strong enough. Just build your frame on the ground or buy the wrought iron gate I told you about previously.
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