Here are my goals for the roof:
- I can stand on it without damaging it
- the beef bars (or other) are above the standing area so that surfboards can still be strapped to them
- Hopefully can use the standard struts to raise the roof (surfboards and whatnot taken off), as @GFC does not recommend replacing them. Although this isn’t a hard requirement.
I really have no idea how to do this and would appreciate suggestions from the community.
Thanks in advance!
You’ll need to do something for sure. A few weeks ago I foolishly put a knee down on the roof while trying to retrieve a strap from my middle rack. The result is that it seems to have de-laminated inside. I’ll try to get a picture at some point, but I’m a bit embarrassed at my stupidity.
If you built DIY beef bars you could affordably build supports to stand on by putting stringers from bar to bar. Thing to remember is that just like lumber; that rectangle profile is stronger for that type of load in the opposite orientation most DIY racks are designed.
There is a t-track in the bottom of the rack so you could attach via that, or just vhb tape a 3/4” sheet of marine grade plywood to the top!
I have 2 beef bars that I have 2 sand ladders (5 foot long) bolted on. My sand ladders are basically marston mats but made from aluminum. They are the old school traction devices, I’ve had mine for about 30 years. Besides a recovery device they work as a platform to strap things down on, I’ve crawled on them but never stood up and walked around. If I was to walk on it regularly I think 1 more beef bar would be all that’s needed.
I’d love to see some pics of your setup with the sand ladders.
Those slots on the side are great for straps. No prob lifting the clam shell with just the sand ladders.
Wow! Check out the creepy face in the window on the second pic, that is a propane tank. If I didn’t know what it was I would be freeked! Lol.
I built a rack out of 8020 1"x2" cross bars. I then cut 1/4" aluminum panels that were full width of the cross bars, and fit them in the side slots between the cross bars. I’ve had 2 people sitting on the roof, and easy to tie down canoe, kayaks, or whatever still utilizing the slots in the top of the 8020 track. I had 1/4" aluminum mounting plates laser cut by send cut send to attach the 8020 to the built in t track on the GFC. I can send you the file. I think the mount plates were like $5 each, and the cross bars are like $60 for a 6’ stick through Granger, you can cut it to fit with a chop saw and a fine toothed blade. the 1/4" aluminum I had as scraps from a job, so not sure on the cost there. I am trying to find a picture, as I sold the 4runner that had the rtt on it. Pictures are from my newer setup, but same side plates, and cross bar setup.
That’s pretty darn slick. I like the unpainted aluminum.
I have a project going, somewhat similar. As we get closer to being done I will post some pics!