ARB Rack modification to suit Rooftop Tent

Submitted: Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 07:11
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Gathered masses,

Has anybody modified an ARB rack to suit a roof top tent? I know you can buy the rack to suit the roof tents but seeing I have this one... Which I just picked up very cheap.

I'm just thinking of trimming the top bars off where the tent would sit to allow it to sit down in the rack.

Will I have to strengthen the rack or will it be sufice?

I'm currently running the tent on 3 bars but I need to carry an extra spare up there etc and the 3 bars have made an impression on the tent (needs better support).

Thanks in advance.
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Reply By: Member - Tony G (ACT) - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 08:47

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 08:47
You have got the best rack for the job, just get it modified to suit the tent and spare.
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Reply By: Grumpy in WA - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 10:31

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 10:31
Hi Dan,

I have a rack for a roof tent, it a base that sits on to 3 cross bars and its attached with u bolts. I don't have a roof tent any more so if you are interested in this one then let me know. I don't know where you are, we are in Perth now.

It won't cost you a fortune and It'll save you wrecking your ARB rack.

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Follow Up By: dan@dbw - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 11:05

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 11:05
Hi Grumpy,

Thanks for your reply, I'm in Sydney so I'd say postage will be the killer!

Thanks anyways.
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Reply By: Middle Jeff - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:59

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:59
Hi Mate

I did the same thing as you are about to do and it works great, out with the grinder and cut off anything you don't need. I left the rails around the front to strap my cargo bag onto.

Have fun
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Reply By: Flux - Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 17:55

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 17:55
Hi Dan, Yes I've modified an ARB rack.

I picked up a cheap 2nd hand ARB full length rack - (steel boxy style)
I then chopped the upper rail (and verticals) off on the rear section so there was enough room for the tent. Next I welded the rear section I had cut off back onto the back of front half- which made a smaller basket at the front, and left the rear open for the tent.

This has worked perfectly for my application, cost was minimal and only took about 2 hours including repainting.

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Reply By: dan@dbw - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 06:36

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 06:36
Cool, thanks guys. I will no doubt look into it more on Sunday when I have some time off!

One more question, Do you know what colour that ARB grey is? Also where to get it? Just in spray can will do, that way I can touch up and won't be so stressed about items rubbing the pain off.
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