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Old 07-06-2016, 02:20 PM   #1
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Roof rack alternatives?

Hi all,

We have a 19' shorty bus, and we're trying to figure out how to transport gas cans. We spoke with a local metal fabricator about a roof rack and catwalk system, but he quoted us ~ $4500.. So. Does anyone have a (much) cheaper alternative to building a complete roof rack?

Thanks!
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Someone here used a pick up truck ladder rack. Can't remember who it was.
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Old 07-06-2016, 03:36 PM   #3
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Someone here used a pick up truck ladder rack. Can't remember who it was.
That is exactly what I'm looking into, there is no affordable alternatives check out KARGO MASTERS.

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Hi all,

We have a 19' shorty bus, and we're trying to figure out how to transport gas cans. We spoke with a local metal fabricator about a roof rack and catwalk system, but he quoted us ~ $4500.. So. Does anyone have a (much) cheaper alternative to building a complete roof rack?

Thanks!
Buy a big fuel tank and rig a hand pump to it. Mount it up under the bus.
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Instead of truck ladder racks that are built with strait legs to mount to truck beds you can search for van ladder racks that take into effect the curved roof of a van and the parts and pieces to attach to the rain rail of a van.
Another option is to google some commercial companies like ERICO, POWERSTRUT, HILTI and look at there UNISTRUT systems and the millions of options for attaching framing and creating just about anything you can imagine. And it can be bought with holes every inch apart or slotted with 3" slots 1-1/4" apart. Drilling is only required if your design requires it.
I love the stuff and it is galvanized from the factory so no painting necessary and no rust stains left from a ladder rack rusting and running down
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Hi all,

We have a 19' shorty bus, and we're trying to figure out how to transport gas cans. We spoke with a local metal fabricator about a roof rack and catwalk system, but he quoted us ~ $4500.. So. Does anyone have a (much) cheaper alternative to building a complete roof rack?

Thanks!
I'd do it for $4000, and I'd drag my welder to you! 😉
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Salvage yard roof rack from a suburban ?


Or SUV basket

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I'm never a fan of roof racks for transport and especially not for fluids. I don't know how much fuel or how many cans you're planning to put up top but please PLEASE consider your center of gravity. Fluids also slosh around so they usually fight against you in turns, in off-camber terrain, just about every situation and now it'll have the added leverage of being ten feet up. If you're just looking to tote a few Jerry cans then a hitch mounted basket on the back (also not ideal, if rear ended) or EastCoastCB has the right idea in an underneath tank and simple pump.
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I'm never a fan of roof racks for transport and especially not for fluids. I don't know how much fuel or how many cans you're planning to put up top but please PLEASE consider your center of gravity. Fluids also slosh around so they usually fight against you in turns, in off-camber terrain, just about every situation and now it'll have the added leverage of being ten feet up. If you're just looking to tote a few Jerry cans then a hitch mounted basket on the back (also not ideal, if rear ended) or EastCoastCB has the right idea in an underneath tank and simple pump.
Personally, when I make a gas run in suburban... I slip the homemade "Tailgator" in the receiver hitch and head to the gas pump....(2" angle & expanded steel floor)

When I built mine, I double walled the tubes and put a ball at the end to pull the boat, or utility trailer... And have an extra expanded steel platform in between for life jacket tote, firewood, storage totes, canopy, lawn chairs, string trimmer, fuel cans, bicycles, etc
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Thanks for the replies, everyone!
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