Originally Posted by Abitibi
Smart design! Does your recent trip to BC has anything to do with your desire to be protected from tree branches
Have you consider simply using a stainless cable running from the roof to your front bushguard instead of tubing? David
The design parameters included good air flow below and between the panels, no shadows, light weight, protection for the vent and the ability to tilt the panels. The only thing I missed was the ability to tilt, but I didn't have enough time, that will happen next fall. I considered using cable as limb lifters but that would have required fabricating mounting points on the fiberglass roof anyway (the GTRV fiberglass top extends all the way to the windshield). A combination cargo basket, and light mount will give me a place to mount the exoskeleton tubing that will run from the basket to the front bumper tubing following the body lines, with a brace or two tieing it into the fender. It will be much stronger and should look pretty cool. I've been planning this for a while, but the brush in BC certainly added to my sense of urgency. Still, there are plenty of overgrown trails just about everywhere I go, and I seem to have a desire to see the end of most of them. Now, even Mrs A/T see's a trail and says "I wonder where that goes?" In the beginning, she would freak out and say, "YOUR GONNA SCRATCH THE PAINT!", but as Rally P/A once said, "I ain't saving this rig for the next guy"