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Old 02-16-2020, 04:55 PM   #21
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https://www.mcmaster.com

FYI McMaster Carr is a great source for aluminum strut
Telescoping Strut Channel?! This site is awesome, thanks! I've been looking for a place I can just go walk into to look at these but I'm not really finding them. Home Depot just has a few of the basics only, and only galvanized steel, no aluminum.
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Old 02-16-2020, 06:47 PM   #22
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Telescoping Strut Channel?! This site is awesome, thanks! I've been looking for a place I can just go walk into to look at these but I'm not really finding them. Home Depot just has a few of the basics only, and only galvanized steel, no aluminum.
Yeah, McMaster is awesome for tons of stuff and shipping is quick and cheaper than you would expect for things like strut...and for me everything arrives next day

Did my whole bed frame outta their aluminum strut and since they have a variety of lengths had minimal waste (and added expense) vs buying full 10' sticks locally.

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Old 02-16-2020, 10:38 PM   #23
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@Gsand31415 I was wondering about thermal expansion issues as well until I realized vantech's rails are aluminum also (https://www.rackwarehouse.com/vantec...size-vans.html). But for unistrut.... at $55 for a 10 foot rail, aluminum struts with some stainless bolts, a little butyl tape and 3m 5200 is a no-brainer. I might even powder coat them black. The only thing I can't seem to find are the black plastic end pieces (https://youtu.be/Sb344VLXpYU?t=470). I remember looking for those specifically while making a unistrut rack for my LR3..... All I seem to find are the flexible rubber / PVC caps.
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The only thing I can't seem to find are the black plastic end pieces
https://www.mcmaster.com/strut-channel-plugs

Search for "Strut Plug"...there is a black powder coated option. (McMaster direct product linking is awful)
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Old 02-17-2020, 12:45 AM   #25
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Thanks, but that's been my dilemma. None of those are what's shown in the video at 7:55. Do you happen to have a McMaster part number? Looks like they're all in the 3312T### format. https://www.mcmaster.com/strut-end. Also, I plan on using the "slotted hole" aluminum strut so water can drain out.
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Thanks, but that's been my dilemma. None of those are what's shown in the video at 7:55. Do you happen to have a McMaster part number? Looks like they're all in the 3312T### format. https://www.mcmaster.com/strut-end. Also, I plan on using the "slotted hole" aluminum strut so water can drain out.
They are black powder coated steel, not plastic...but looks like for the 1 5/8" strut that part # is 3312T385
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Old 02-17-2020, 07:13 PM   #27
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I don't know if the vantec rails fit a 2019? but I can tell you that I've used a lot of their products on my van and their a great company and good folks to deal with. You might give them a call and they might be able to advise you further.
yup

We put them on vans that need rails for racks. great product. NCV3 fits VS30
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I have a 2019 144 that didn’t come with the OEM roof rails/tracks. Mercedes doesn’t have any in stock and doesn’t seem to have any idea when they will be in stock. Anyone have any experience with the vantech rails, since they are the only ones that I can find? Or have any other rails that they know of? I’m trying to get an awning (probably Thule hideaway) and mount a solar panel, but I need rails first! Also, I tried searching without much luck...sorry if this has been discussed. I’m new.

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I remember that we obtained the part number from the MB dealership and then bought the rails for a cheaper price from eBay (they were shipped from a Canadian dealership )

Later when it came time to attach things to the rails I refused to pay the hostage money for the rail sliders and made these out of elevator bolts:

https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...7&postcount=25

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Old 02-25-2020, 11:27 PM   #29
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Got my black "Powder-Coated" steel unistrut channel plugs in today. "Powder-Coated". Riiiiiiiiiiight. More like spray paint, and only the outside. The paint chips off by fingernail and leaves a black residue on fingers (and entire inside of plastic bag as you can see). Just wow. I'll just get them powder-coated when I take the aluminum unistruts in. Anyway, does anyone know how to install these? Just bash them in with a hammer? Spot-weld? I can't find anything online.
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