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Board Racks on a Pop-top.

Discussion in 'Kombi Club' started by 65busser, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. 65busser

    65busser Member

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    We have a customer who wants to put board racks on his Camper. The racks would need to attach to the pop-top cap. Anyone done this or have pics of a Camper with surf board racks?
    Cheers
    Brad
     
  2. jtkombi

    jtkombi Active Member

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    Hey Brad,

    hope these pics helps.

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    cheers

    justin in ballarat

    this was actually part of the poptop i was going to remove and fix when we repair the poptop
     
  3. Rossco WA

    Rossco WA Member

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    I've got Rola racks on mine, just screwed to the roof, stainless fittings, look good, work good.
     
  4. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Gotta pic Rossco ?
     
  5. milly

    milly Well-Known Member

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    Ditto Rossco, like oldman said, can you post some pic's very interested in rola's for milly.
     
  6. 79_micro_bus

    79_micro_bus Member

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    Not enought room in the van for this bloke Brad ?
     
  7. Rossco WA

    Rossco WA Member

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    Here ya go, only they are Rhino Sportz, not Rola, much the same, was thinking of the wife's car on the Rola.
    Pretty sure these are good for 80kgs each, just screwed through the roof with a larger stainless washer on the inside to spread the load over the underside of the GRP roof, so no cracking etc. Can't show photo inside as roof liner covers it.
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  8. HunchyHillBilly

    HunchyHillBilly Member

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    If you are going to fit the racks then I would suggest that the 30+ year old glass be reinforced with additional fibreglass to spread the load.

    You don't want them coming back in 3 months with stress fractures in the glass and expecting you to fix it cause you fitted them.

    I've seen people tying surf skis to roof racks and then driving down the highway, the wind force could pull fixings through the old glass and the whole lot get airborne.

    Cheers.
     
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  9. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    That's a tidy set-up Rossco :cool: Forces on board racks are - generally - in a downward direction as a result of the rocker in the 'board facing forward. The increased area of those Rhino's base would help resist any "puncture" action that might otherwise occur if straight out bolts were used to mount the racks. I can't see there being an issue with the fibreglass' integrity unless it is obviously dry,cracked & in a weakened state to start with. Only issue could possibly be if you were planning on doing 130 kph for 6hrs straight. The airflow pushing over the windscreen & up & under the 'boards would almost negate the downward pressure, in my opinion.
    I've carried 'boards all my life on all sorts of racks, including the webbing, temporary ones. They were attached to a tinny hire car for a run down to Margaret River last Christmas & caused no noticeable downward or upward pressures while driving.

    Just my thoughts..... Cheers, Mark
     
  10. HunchyHillBilly

    HunchyHillBilly Member

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    oldman, light loads or small surface areas probably won't be an issue especially when anchored to metal, the popup roofs were never designed to have roof racks attached.

    All I'm saying is that fibreglass fatigues with age and lets go quickly when fatigued/cracked I know this because I was in the boat repair and board manufacturing industry.

    Sure you'll probably be right but a little reinforcing before hand could save a lot of grief later.
     
  11. 65busser

    65busser Member

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    Appreciate all the info guys. Hadn't thought about potential force of air at speed. Those are nice Rossco. Thing is we're not removing the cap headlining so we need to secure from the sides.
    Rhino do a canopy mounting so we can mount on the side of the cap. Like yours Justin but a bit more modern perhaps.
    They insist on fitting them so I reckon I'll take them up on that and they can handle any issues.
    Good point Matt but he wants to carry the kids inside and the boards on top .... or was it the other way round? Not sure.
    Thanks again guys. Issue just about solved. Gotta love KC.
    Cheers
    Brad
    Thanks for the pics too
     
  12. LOMBI

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    Lombi uses the gutter mount type

    You can get the gutter bracket which attaches to the fiberglass

    The mounting has quite a large reinforcement strip on the back of the fiberglass

    You will see a lot of tradies use this type of bracket to mount racks on to their fiberglass ute canopies
     

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