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Roof Rack Query

Looking for a bit of help re roof racks. Current van is the new shape Peugeot Expert. I use the van a fair bit out of work too and often have to go under those 2m high barriers at places.

Without a roof rack the van just about fits under them. Does anybody know of any very low form roof racks that would enable me to still pass under these barriers, or if there are any roof racks that you can take on and off very quickly? Not having them is preventing me from owning a decent set of tripod ladders.

I don't have that much work where I desperately need the ladders which has meant I've managed without them for years, but ti would be nice to have them. I don't want to be spending ages putting the rack on and off though on a regular basis so wanted to see if anybody could think of a potential solution. Many thanks.

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    It is ten years since I bought the rack for my Nissan NV200 van, at that time a local firm were moving into a unit at Malvern and the rack I wanted is one big rack of welded construction, galvanised after assembly and with a roller across the back for loading ladders and the like.

    I drove over to Malvern and we positioned onto the roof of the van for me to bolt into place before driving home. 

    It whistles a bit in the wind and no doubt adds to the fuel consumption particularly as I keep a ladder locked to it and a couple of pipe tubes.

    I would browse the Demar website again if I were looking for another rack.


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    • Thanks for the reply Andrew. They do nice racks but unfortunately nothing that can help this specific issue. Thanks anyway

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    • I've got some of these on my Renault traffic. They're pretty low profile, although I think (when looking) there's not much hight difference in the rhino low profile bars.

      Thule make bars you can unlock with a key, which I would have thought they are available for the derived car version of expert.

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        I have some Thule bars which do unlock but more to it . I could be wrong but constant unscrewing and refitting of the tension bolts to remove and refit might compromise their effectiveness if done on a regular basis , Once fitted i tend to leave any roof bars on a vehicle for duration of its life while maintaining regular safety check . 

        Agree otherwise Thule are low profile and sturdy enough to carry my 12 foot henchman which is very light but obviously still depends on clearance gap they allow when going under barrier . 

        I once clipped a security barrier when my brain failed to take into account my long ladder clamp rods sticking up at an airport entrance but no damage caused to barrier they refitted it in seconds but embarrasing , what an idiot , would make a terrible double decker bus driver .


        • I've also hit my ladder clamp on a bar at a play park. Marks still there, much to my childrens amusement. I saw someone Knock a bike off a roof rack back in the 90's 😂

  • Thanks for those recommendations, I shall look into them further. Appreciated 

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