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Submitted: Thursday, Sep 27, 2018 at 16:58
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Hello I have a Coromal F400 van and I have recently purchased a universal roof rack kit from RV express, the kit has a couple of mounting options, one that mounts to the side of the roof and the other mounts to the top of the roof. I`m looking for some advice on what the best option would be. If anyone could offer some advice it would be great.
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Reply By: Notso - Thursday, Sep 27, 2018 at 22:33

Thursday, Sep 27, 2018 at 22:33
Most vans don't have much infrastructure in the roof, if I was doing it I'd support it on the sides of the roof.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, Sep 27, 2018 at 23:21

Thursday, Sep 27, 2018 at 23:21


The trailer the OP has is actually a camper trailer and not a caravan. The picture comes from 2012 Coromal F400
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Friday, Sep 28, 2018 at 08:53

Friday, Sep 28, 2018 at 08:53
Based on a friend's experience with a Goldstream of similar configuration, the lifting mechanism may not cope with the weight of a roofrack and contents.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Friday, Sep 28, 2018 at 10:03

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That is the reason why you unload the rack before lifting the lid.

I don't know if it still applies, with the older models, if you erected the top without having the stands down to support the chassis, the weight of the top would bow the chassis over time.
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Follow Up By: Notso - Friday, Sep 28, 2018 at 11:16

Friday, Sep 28, 2018 at 11:16
Ah Sooo! I'd still mount it to the sides of the roof rather than on the top as it will be much stronger.

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Follow Up By: Member - johnat - Sunday, Sep 30, 2018 at 18:30

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@ Nomadic Navara - "I don't know if it still applies, with the older models, if you erected the top without having the stands down to support the chassis, the weight of the top would bow the chassis over time."
Wondering why that would make any difference. The top still weighs the same when up or down, so erecting the top with or without the stands down should make bugger all difference!
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Sep 30, 2018 at 19:16

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John, it is not just the weight of the top. You also have the weight of the canvas walls with the weight bearing down on the 4 poles holding the top up. You also have the weight of the rear bed end cantilevered from the back end. Whether the modern ones suffer the same bending depends on whether the chassis are considerably stronger than the old ones. Personly I would not be erecting them without the stands down.
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