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We have the 130" MR Transit ...
Sofar we've installed a roof rack, awning, ...
I now have the same configuration. I'd be very interested to know which roof rack and awning you used. It seems I can get the Fiamma 45 since there is nowhere to mount the receiver for the forward support leg.
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I now have the same configuration. I'd be very interested to know which roof rack and awning you used. It seems I can get the Fiamma 45 since there is nowhere to mount the receiver for the forward support leg.
You can find the details by clicking on the links in my signature. I basically installed a long piece of aluminum angle, which I mounted on the roof rack. The awning is mounted on the aluminum angle. I have an ARB awning that uses an aluminum extruded back plate with slots for bolts over the full lenght. This allowed me to use as many mounting points as needed. I believe that Fiamma works the same way. The last support should be within a certain distance of the awning end so it doesn't twist when you operate it.

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Hein, I questioned my decision to go with the 148" since I use it for my daily driver. By daily driver I mean 7 miles to work and everywhere in the city. However, once I took it camping, I am definitely confident in my decision. If you are using it mostly for camping, I would go longer. It is easy to maneuver and park in normal situations. The only reasons I can think the 130" would be preferable are looks and parallel parking. If I lived in San Francisco or LA where parking is difficult I am sure I would go shorter. The mid roof, in my opinion, is the only way to go. Not overkill but tall enough. I am almost 5'9". Slight head tilt in the wagon and can stand straight with inches to spare in the cargo. Good luck in your decision.
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If I lived in San Francisco or LA where parking is difficult I am sure I would go shorter. The mid roof, in my opinion, is the only way to go.
I park a 148" WB in SF all the time without a problem. Even camp in the city like the homeless.

I have a high roof. Would prefer a medium roof if I had a choice. At 5'-10" I could not have an added insulated floor or 4 fold down Murphy style bed platforms. The high roof allows sitting up in bed without hitting the overhead cabinet. Definitely like the looks of a medium roof better so tried to make it work but could not.

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Thanks for all the replies and insights, everyone! I am excited to build another van so hope this all comes to fruition. My daughter's 14 ft paddle board is going to be a challenge. Our 8020 Transit tower brackets are in production so might have to layout a full 8020 roof rack using those. Renogy makes a 100 watt 40.5 x 26.7 panel that should fit the design with maybe room on one side for the SUP board.
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I am waiting for FedEx to deliver two of the Renogy 100 watt panels today. The plan is to mount them on 80-20 on the factory cross bars. They are short enough that for mounting only the two front crossbars are needed.
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We are considering purchasing a 130" wheelbase Transit medium roof for an R&D build setup for use as a weekend sports wagon.

Most folks here go with the 148" wheel base high roof but we sort of like the shorter length and height for compactness and convenience in the city. Chances are my daughter will be driving it around and parking in the metro area. She works hard during the week and likes to bike, ski, kiteboard, paddle board or hike on the weekends.

We'll likely build it out with a rear bed with storage underneath, a house system with battery, small inverter and solar panel. Small Fridge, a freshwater drinking/rinsing tank with pump and spigot. We'll add a roof vent with a fresh air inlet. Thoroughly insulated with 3M Thinsulate(TM) of course. Maybe some other goodies yet to be determined.

Thoughts? Pros and Cons of the shorter wheel base. We aren't tall folks so just enough head room for us in the medium roof.

Would be cool to have it converted to a 4x4...
Just a plan at this time.. Reality has a knack of getting in the way.
Since I don't see windsurfing or surfing in there, you're probably OK. If you do those, I think the 148 is necessary unless you like keeping your boards on an exterior rack and like going up and down. The 130 is too short imho for windsurfers and surfboards, I think it's barely long enough for bikes, but that's imho. You could probably get away with bikes on the inside but you'll need to have the bed at least 36" off the floor for the seats to clear any bed. For this reason, you might consider the high roof. The jury is still out, but I'm not sure I would get the MR again.
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Congrats.

I had noted on another thread, that, in July, I hope to buy some of the roof base plates you had once mentioned, for attaching 80-20 rails, lengthwise. You had been looking for testers, but, I was not ready. What's status on those?

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I have worked on refining a design for roof rails. Mostly just taking some time to settle on a reasonable way to manufacture something that is fairly easy to DIY install. Let me get some costs and give you an update.

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