Roof Rack for 28' ladder


I found some information in this ng about RX300 roof rack usage, and found
that they are primarily designed for bike rack
or ski rack attachments. Lets say I have a 28' extension ladder that I want
to transport for 15 miles, how can it be securely attached to the roof rack?
What tools are required, and, is there a kit available somewhere for this
purpose? I suppose I could attach my thule bike rack during this procedure
to use as an extra rear tie down point since the roof rack bars are only
offset by about 2.5 feet (i havent measured the difference, just a guess)
and would not offer too much stability.
TIA,
Fish
Reply to
Fish
I would wrap the ladder in a blanket where it contacts the roof rack so that it doesn't scratch the rack. You can use rope or bungee cords to secure the ladder to the rack. Spread the front and rear bars on the rack as far apart as possible. Use rope to secure the ladder to the front tow hooks under the front bumper and to the chain hook-ups on the rear hitch. Make the front and rear ropes tight enough to make sure the ladder doesn't lift off of the rack but not so tight that you buckle body panels. Make sure you protect the body paint wherever the rope contacts the paint because it can leave marks on the paint.
Reply to
Ray O
You're welcome! I also have a 28' aluminum extension ladder and have transported it many times on top of many different vehicles. I've probably lent it out more than I've used it myself!
Reply to
Ray O
I will be careful. I realize that securing the ladder will be the most important task, then I could even take the surface streets to my destination.
Reply to
fish
UPDATE:
I moved the ladder by putting it inside my 2001 Honda civic sedan! imagine that, and i would never have beleived it if i hadnt seen it. it hung out the back end by about 5 or 6 feet, but otherwise it was stable during the drive.
my wife insisted that i not use her rx300 to transport the ladder, so i had to find another way.
Fish.
On Wed, 05 Oct 2005 16:26:59 GMT, "Fish" wrote:
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