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Old 10-18-2019, 09:03 PM   #11
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Default Re: Suggestions for T1N roof racks with pics?

I've used unistrut that I attached using a few bolts that go through the roof and have a washer and a lock nut underneath.
Some crappy pictures I attached - sorry I don't have better ones showing it.
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Old 10-19-2019, 05:33 PM   #12
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I've used unistrut that I attached using a few bolts that go through the roof and have a washer and a lock nut underneath.
Some crappy pictures I attached - sorry I don't have better ones showing it.

I did something similar with aluminum unistrut (14 gauge) from grainger. We got the shallower depth so its not as visible. Glued it down with VHB tape. Eventually will toss in some bolts but its too cold in Alaska right now for sealer to cure. 90$ for the aluminum, 30$ for the VHB tape. Cross bares will be fabricated from aluminum. The biggest cost is going to be the stainless steel spring nuts but i might just use 1/4 inch aluminum and fabricate square washers to fit the unistrut.
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Old 10-19-2019, 06:13 PM   #13
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I made slide nuts for my rails by drilling and tapping through carriage bolts and cutting off the threads. Easy work if you have a drill press, strong, and cost effective.
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Old 10-20-2019, 06:38 PM   #14
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Yes was looking at the Rhino platform but couldnít get a straight answer if it would fit a 2006 sprinter with rails.
Also was wondering What crossbars would go with it? Thanks again!
So with the Rhino Rack their website won't really give a fit option because with the tracks installed it would be a custom job. After the tracks are installed you would just need a set of towers that mount in the tracks and the pioneer platform size of your choice. The pioneer platform will mount directly to their towers or to any set of crossbars you have with their adapter. Their website is kind of difficult to navigate for custom installs (even for someone who knows what they're looking for). But the tower I would recommend for tracks is their RLT600 as it is quick release allowing you to take the entire platform off easily.
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Old 10-20-2019, 07:27 PM   #15
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Where does one get Aluminum unistrut? Is it the same dimensions as steel?
I wish I knew that is an option...
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Old 10-21-2019, 06:29 AM   #16
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Grainger. I ordered online. They shipped to alaska distribution center. Still need stainless hardware to avoid galvanic corrosion. Only comes in 10 ft lengths. So ours is cut into a 44 in and 10 ft. Glued with vhb tape. Itís 14 gauge x 1&5/8 by 13/16ths I think or at least thatís what we got because we wanted a lower profile. Cross bars or photovoltaics that go across will need a shim to not touch the center of the roof curve.

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Old 10-21-2019, 08:59 PM   #17
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i have these on my van

https://www.truckrackinc.com/s/cc_im...g?t=1501870325

its shown on a cargo trailer, but mine has 4x long legs that go down to the gutter and normal rails and crossbars on top

https://www.truckrackinc.com/products/specialty-racks/
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Old 10-22-2019, 05:40 PM   #18
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real pics

put solar on last night and got lucky, the pattern for the panels matched the crossbar
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Old 10-28-2019, 02:29 AM   #19
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former thread:
https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=40756

8020 rack thread
https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=31574
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Old 10-29-2019, 12:47 AM   #20
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Anyone else have recommendations on how to install aluminum extrusion / track slides to the roof of their T1N? I just put a piece of extrusion on top of my 118" to see how it would look and theres a slight curve towards the rear of the van, dont know if I should make some sort of spacers to account for it, or find some different track (1050? Proline?) that might conform better to the roof.
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