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Old 12-29-2016, 04:42 PM   #1
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Cheap Roof Rack Option????

Heavy-Duty Cargo Carrier Rack - Heavy-Duty Cargo Racks - American Van Equipment

I saw this roof rack and would like to hear thoughts on the product. Seems like a really cheap alternative to aluminess products at $632. Must be something I'm missing. 158lbs. Powdercoated steel would probably rust????

Here is an aluminum one for a little more.
http://www.americanvan.com/alurack-cargo-carrier.html
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Old 12-29-2016, 04:50 PM   #2
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It is heavy and made in China. If you want light and US made you pay for Aluminess. Not much more to it than that.
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Old 12-29-2016, 04:56 PM   #3
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Anybody ever just have a custom welder make one locally for less? There are a lot of custom welders around me.
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Old 12-29-2016, 05:46 PM   #4
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Inexpensive DIY aluminum roof rack.

Homemade roof rack - Expedition Portal
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Now that is creativity. If you click the link and look at the finished, painted product it's pretty amazing. Hmmmm......

Thanks for sharing that!

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Old 12-29-2016, 06:41 PM   #6
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Inexpensive DIY aluminum roof rack.

Homemade roof rack - Expedition Portal
Must be a Werner roof rack.

Very creative, and functional if you do a great of strapping things down, but I would want at least some amount of vertical structure (something more along a basket than a flat rack).


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Old 12-29-2016, 09:18 PM   #7
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I picked this Pro II Leg and Bar Kit by Kargo Master a few weeks ago, I like the look and profile of it and it was only 315.00 with free shipping. Seems well made but basic I will probably add onto it in the future. I have it together but then got snowed on really heavy so I haven't put it on yet.

I was mainly looking for a way to mount solar panels and maybe carry sheet goods every now and then.
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Old 12-30-2016, 09:52 AM   #8
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Thanks guys, some great ideas lets keep them coming.

http://www.kargomaster.com/products/...argo-rack.html

Here are more specs on the Pro II Leg and Bar Kit by Kargo Master.

Kargo Master makes another aluminum tubed rack looks nicer aesthetically, but holds 500lbs less surprisingly.
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Are you planning on keeping the rack on the roof all the time, or just when you need it? If just when you need it, I'd go with Thule bars and a basket which are easy to install and remove.


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Old 01-03-2017, 12:56 PM   #10
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I was wanting to keep on the roof all the time.
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