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Old 04-08-2017, 04:29 PM   #1
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I struggled to force myself to pay for a custom made aluminum roof rack. So I put on a Vantech H2 rack on my 4x4. I did modify it, though. Being manufactured as a construction/contractor type rack, it has enormous overhang on each side. So I shortened the cross bars about 8 inches. This will also allow for a Fiamma F45S to be reasonably flush with the side of the van when mounted to the side of the H2. I also left one crossbar out to make space for the roof vent. I hope this gives others an option instead of shelling out the big bucks.
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Old 04-08-2017, 04:31 PM   #2
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Great work!! Might need to look at this for my Thule awning


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Old 04-08-2017, 04:58 PM   #3
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Nice job!
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Old 04-09-2017, 09:26 AM   #4
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I struggled to force myself to pay for a custom made aluminum roof rack. So I put on a Vantech H2 rack on my 4x4. I did modify it, though. Being manufactured as a construction/contractor type rack, it has enormous overhang on each side. So I shortened the cross bars about 8 inches. This will also allow for a Fiamma F45S to be reasonably flush with the side of the van when mounted to the side of the H2. I also left one crossbar out to make space for the roof vent. I hope this gives others an option instead of shelling out the big bucks.
Only downside I see is that you can't fit under the drive through at Chik-fil-A!😂
Nice modification!
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Old 04-10-2017, 01:56 AM   #5
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I gave up on height with my old T1N that had a lift kit, oversized tires and a roof rack with skybox.
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Old 04-12-2017, 11:05 PM   #6
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Great looking van!
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Old 05-01-2017, 04:07 AM   #7
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An update on my inexpensive roof rack. The Fiamma F45S mounted perfectly to it. I just through bolted the Fiamma mounting plates to the side of the rack and viola. The position also conveniently allows for some led side lights to sneak under the awning and mount to the roof rack feet.
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Old 05-01-2017, 06:13 PM   #8
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nice set up
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Old 05-05-2017, 03:21 AM   #9
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Just an update. The aluminess side ladder fits perfectly under the Vantech rack
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Old 05-07-2017, 01:28 AM   #10
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Question about ladders. I have seen ladders on the back doors and today I saw a ladder on the back door of a sprinter with 2 orange fuel tanks attached to it. The tanks were about 4 feet long and about 3 inches wide. They were locked to the ladder. The question is; can the rear doors really handle all that weight, especially if a person is climbing up to the roof? I'm trying to decide if I should buy a rear ladder of a side ladder. Any experience, opinions, on which would make loading paddle boards, surfboards, and Kayaks on the roof easier?
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