Building a roofrack.....

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 21:58
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I'm 5 Months into a tour of OZ and i've travelled from Melbourne to Perth and decided i need a tinny(not that i havn't had a few on the way). I've purchaced a 12' with a 9.9hp which goes great. But the problem is how to transport it. I've been looking around for a roofrack with boat rollers however the cost of one of these is out of my budget, so, i've decided to build one myself, as i have all the tools here. Does anyone have any plans or ideas of a roofrack? Thinking of making it out of 25mm *25mm * 2mm Galsteel. I'm driving a 75series landcruiser. Any ideas of tips would be great.
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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 22:55

Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 22:55
If its a tray back I would use 50mm x 2mm square tube, 25mm would be ok for roofrack if its a troopie.
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Follow Up By: SneakyButcher - Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 23:17

Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 23:17
Yeah it's a troopy. Should i go for 3 or 4 feet?
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Follow Up By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 23:28

Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 23:28
The more the merrier and if you are able to fit them to a common rail that sits in the gutter as well that would be good. Try and aim for strength with gussets etc without getting too much weight. Happy welding and cutting.
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Reply By: duncs - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 12:07

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 12:07
Sneaky,

I have a roof rack that came from an old Telstra Van. It has two transverse cross members and 2 longitudinal that are joined together with plates and bolts. The back transverse bar has rollers. It is made up of a gal C channel. It is very strong and reasonably light.

I have seen the material engineerig suppliers, it is used in all sorts of applications.

Suggest you cast a critical eye over any Telstra vans you see in parking areas etc. or you could visit your local Telstra or council yard and see if they can help. May even have an old one lying around.

By the way I don't generally like roof racks. Sometimes though they are the answer, just be careful how you use it.

Good luck
DUncs
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Follow Up By: Brian - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 14:55

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 14:55
Also check the newspapers and wreckers can be cheaper than making it!

Brian
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