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So let me get this straight....all of your "feet" are bolted into prethreaded holes....correct? And those pre threaded holes are over the cross members? I was trying to figure out which holes are used. I already installed a ceiling and screwed ply strips onto the cross members in order to have something for the slat cedar ceiling to attach. I left the sides unfinished to access the holes I could see that don't go into the cross members. Those obviously aren't threaded.

I have the 148" mid roof and want to mount an awning. I luckily installed my fan (before thinking/taking notice of the various holes in the roof) in a location that won't interfere with a cross bar. I've looked at vantech's roof racks and I'm considering, but I can weld and have access to a welder so I may do what you've done.
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So let me get this straight....all of your "feet" are bolted into prethreaded holes....correct? And those pre threaded holes are over the cross members? I was trying to figure out which holes are used. I already installed a ceiling and screwed ply strips onto the cross members in order to have something for the slat cedar ceiling to attach. I left the sides unfinished to access the holes I could see that don't go into the cross members. Those obviously aren't threaded.

I have the 148" mid roof and want to mount an awning. I luckily installed my fan (before thinking/taking notice of the various holes in the roof) in a location that won't interfere with a cross bar. I've looked at vantech's roof racks and I'm considering, but I can weld and have access to a welder so I may do what you've done.
Yes, prethreaded holes are over the cross members. The holes for the feet are in a recessed spots along the roof. My photos should show you what that looks like.

I'm going to put an awning on my racks as three of the rails that go across the van will have a telescoping steel rod that will support the awning.

Good luck.

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More photos! Especially of the awning thingamajigger part!
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Here it sits for its "fitting."

I'll get the feet in place and take it down for finish and painting.

It's getting there.

Oh, that's one awning support coming out of the rear rail. There will be three. I'm working on fashioning a rake adjustment for the awning. One thing at a time.



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Lookin' good Airedrifter! You have already posted some MPG results on the other thread, so it will be interesting to see what difference your rack/awning/ladders/etc. make.

Will you be able to remove the awning set up, and still leave the basic roof rack on?

When you have time, it would be interesting to see how much the front of the rack sticks out forward of your last vertical towers, relative to the slipstream of air coming up the windshield.

Thanks for detailing this rack build so well.


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Not to be outdone, Ima bolt some angle iron to the roof holes, put some Quick Rail fake gutters on it, and move my gutter clamp racks over from the Sprinter. Reason being, it looks like it's going to take me another month to get a Prime Design rack sorted. Sheeesh.
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I am sad to report that I am at a standstill in my construction.

It appears that I got in too big of a hurry and fell off my ladder. I have an off the scale shoulder separation that will be a problem for a couple of months. And my van sits with a partial rack on it that isn't attached or otherwise ready for the road... I guess my buds will rescue me this coming weekend. It suxs.
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Sorry to hear, get well . . .

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Dang!!!

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Heal quick sir.
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