roof racks to suit a rhino basket

Submitted: Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 10:33
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I am looking at buying a Rhino basket about 1600 long x 1195wide. It does not have roof racks to go with it so I rang and got a price on rhino roof racks. It appears that the cost of two bars and the fittings will be around $690. The basket and racks are to go on a 75 series Troopy. Am I being taken for a ride? Is there alternative roof racks I can put the cage on at a lesser cost? I intend to carry about 90kg.
Many thanks Bob
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Reply By: Arkay - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 10:51

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 10:51
Can't say about the roof racks, but they sound a bit expensive. A full set of Rhino COMMERCIAL bars & legs (3 bars) - the U shaped ones - for a Prado here in S.A. are less than $400. But about the basket. I believe the Rhino basket has (or had) slopey sides. We had one like that but shortly after changed it for one with vertical sides. Imagine strapping a box or jerry can to slopey sides & you will see why we changed. Everything finishes up not butted nicely up against the sides & leaning ovet at an angle. IMHO.
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Follow Up By: boo boo - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 11:55

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 11:55
arkay i thinkyou are right the photo i looked at appears to have sides sloping slightly outwards, which would be a pain thanks for the info, bob
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Reply By: signman - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 11:45

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 11:45
boo boo
I got a local fabricator to knock up a basket for me. Using 12mm RHS- I needed it open front & back to carry ladders & stuff for work, but arranged the cross bars to line up with the rhino racks. Its a little (internal) wider than the 'off the shelf' 1200mm jobs, as some of the panels I carry are the old 4 ft (a bit over 1200mm).
Have no pbobs carrying, fuel jerrys, tent &/or spare wheel etc when touring.
I think a custom made one would be a bit cheaper, probably better made, and to suit your own needs.
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Follow Up By: boo boo - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 11:58

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 11:58
signman, one of our local fabricatours charges like a wounded bull.However i will try the other one as your idea has a lot of merit
Thanks, Bob
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Reply By: Patrol22 - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 12:42

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 12:42
Boo boo
I bought 4 x rhino roof racks for my patrol - total cost including shovel holder was a shade over $560. Pride Auto
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Follow Up By: boo boo - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 13:45

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 13:45
thanks for the info patrol22, however swmbo just rang to tell me her car needs $1300 worth of repairs. That will put the roof racks on hold for a few months! Regards Bob
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Reply By: Wisey (NSW) - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 16:42

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 16:42
Hi Boo Boo

I have 3 of the "U" shape racks, (gutter mount) that were used on the Hiace, 60ser and GQ for building work. Adjustable width, gal' in top order and should sit on your Troopy with standard roof no worries.

I'm in Sydney, can send pics. No Res' offer Refused.
If this is helpful to you or anyone for that matter,,,, clearing the shed.

Andy
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Follow Up By: boo boo - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 17:50

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 17:50
Andy, Giday,

Can you send pics pls my email is bobr196@hotmail.com

Might be an idea to include your telephone number so I can give you a ring to discuss price.

Regards Bob
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Reply By: hazo - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 22:17

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 22:17
Bob,
Just bought a new 78series td. troopy and priced the Rhino three bar set at $550! From a well known 4by store.
Decided to go for the genuine Toyo one at $300 and guess what its a re-badged Rhino with commercial bars! only $250 cheaper!
Brian
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Follow Up By: boo boo - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 18:22

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 18:22
hazo
I think that will be a line i will investigate
regards bob
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 09:54

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 09:54
Do a ring around, you might be surprised by some of the differences in prices. A lot of the time its a young guy reading from a price list catalogue and mistakes are not uncommon.
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Follow Up By: boo boo - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 18:24

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 18:24
terrafirma
based on hazo's reply the price may be correct. However i will keep looking as i'm not in a huge hurry
regards bob
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