Storing a roof rack

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 18:14
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Hi Forumites,
I have searched the archives but haven't had much luck. I was looking for a thread which showed a picture of one of the EO members winch system that he used to lift a roof rack off the vehicle and suspend it from shed rafters. Can anyone help please

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Kev
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Reply By: Rock Crawler - Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 18:22

Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 18:22
I had that set up , nothing to it . cheap boat type winch motor , on the roof beams . winch off and use 4 rino traps to keep it there. If you can back the car in the shed , then dont worry about the winch motor , secure 4 rino strapps and pull up in each corner individually , takes 5 min and done
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Follow Up By: Supercalafreakinawesome- Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 20:38

Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 20:38
Thanks R/Crawler,
may be able to do a mix of ideas depending on my roof beams etc

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Kev
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Follow Up By: Wazza - (Vic) - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 21:29

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 21:29
The second way that Eric suggests is what I do - Just 4 motorbike tie down straps, one on each corner. Just lift one corner at a time and hitch it up as you go. Easy peasy.
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Reply By: Crackles - Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 19:10

Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 19:10
What like this...........
Boat winch bolted vertically to a post with 2 cables run through a double pulley then 2 single pullys placed at each end of the rack.
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Follow Up By: Supercalafreakinawesome- Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 20:35

Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 20:35
Thanks Crackles,
thats the little sucker I was thinking of. Did you have any trouble balancing the rack on the cables?

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Kev
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 20:53

Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 20:53
As each leg of the 4 supporting cables are the same length it balances perfectly. The winch allows accurate easy single person installation of the rack minimising the chance of scratching the roof. If I was to fit one up again I'd use some Plasma Rope instead of thin steel cable to avoid the Birdcaging I get when the rack is off.
Cheers Craig................
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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 19:27

Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 19:27
A similar, but simpler system is to suspend 4 strong metal hooks (one in each corner) from the roof to a height a couple of inches above each corner of the roof rack. I use the larger garden pot hangers. Just unbolt the rack, then it is quite easy to lift just one end of the rack at a time and hook it over the hooks. I have a very heavy steel full length rack and it still is quite easy to do just one end at a time. It only has to be raised a couple of inches to hook it over. I can do the back standing on the rear bumper and the front standing on the running board. Dropping it on is just a matter of carefully positioning the car and doing one end at a time. If you have an alloy or anything less than full length, the weight is no issue at all like this.
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Follow Up By: Supercalafreakinawesome- Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 20:42

Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 20:42
Thanls Mfewster, sounds ideal, but was wanting to get the rack right up high out of the way. Still, it would be a lot easier your way.

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Kev
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 21:02

Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 21:02
Kev, Mine is tied up to the roof with a couple of ropes, I was clever and got the 12v boat winch, awesome with the remote control BUT it only goes one way, Oh well beats the block and tackle I used to use. Prior to that with a timber ceiling used the hook method above and lifted the cnrs but it was awkward to position the car right to out it on., mind you my rack is home made and heavy as!
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Follow Up By: Supercalafreakinawesome- Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 21:31

Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 21:31
Thanks Bonz,
Yes I can imagine me trying to line it up to lower it into the right place. I like the winch idea as I'm a bit low on energy after being a bit crook for the couple of years. Maybe I need the exercise though LOL.

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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 22:37

Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 22:37
I went and bought a hoist, got it cheap just haven't fitted it yet.
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Reply By: Member - John - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 03:46

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 03:46
Found these 240 Volt winches, maybe the go?
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 08:15

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 08:15
cheap enough........
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 11:50

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 11:50
I have a manual winch which is fitted with a clutch. Wind the handle one way and the load goes up, let go of the handle and the load stays put, wind the handle the other way and the load goes down.

I have 4 pushbikes hung on mine, it previously held a roof rack, and I trust the winch. I always thought I should put a safety strap of some description on it but after 2 years of trouble free operation I no longer feel the need.

Got mine from Reflex materials handling for about $90 but that was a few years ago now. I use sail boat pulleys (2nd hand) and 8mm nylon cord from the same boat chandlers

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Follow Up By: HGMonaro - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 12:14

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 12:14
sounds like what the winch in a wind-up camper does, so that might be a source for one if anyone can't find one to suit.
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