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Aluminess roof rack recommendations.

We ordered an Aluminess roof rack today and we have two weeks to make changes. Anybody with experience or current owners please chime in.

We are a family of 3, 4 very shortly..and have a mid roof 148" wagon. We have a MaxxAir fan (custom rack is necessary), want to mount an awning, carry a couple 9'6" longboards on trips and potentially mount a small cargo box to carry helmets, wetsuits, beach toys, etc. Also I secretly want to hang out on the roof and drink beer...

So we ordered an Aluminess rack and a Fiamma awning. Double loop, open front (less wind noise?) low profile upper side rail spacers, vent cutout, and standard slat floor (4" gaps) and side ladder.

Should we get the tight slat floor (1" gaps) so us and kids can get up there to sit and relax? It will be harder to tie things down but I think I can manage. Or keep the standard and use a big floor pad to sit on?

Pros and cons of an open front versus closed front?

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Also I secretly want to hang out on the roof and drink beer...

Why is that a secret? I'd consider it a respectable life goal.
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You'll need extra bars above the main platform to but boards on given their curvature. And the side rails mean a box has to be inboard to clear them when open or up on those upper bars too.
I'm in roof rack aquisition phase too; so many options!

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Which Fiamma awning did you get?

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You'll need extra bars above the main platform to but boards on given their curvature. And the side rails mean a box has to be inboard to clear them when open or up on those upper bars too.
I'm in roof rack aquisition phase too; so many options!

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Think I can put a pad or something underneath the belly of the boards to support them and not get the crossbars?

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Fiamma F45S 10' black with grey fabric.

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Think I can put a pad or something underneath the belly of the boards to support them and not get the crossbars?
Haven't got my rack yet so good question! Most pics I've seen people have the extra bars. Depends on board rocker but pad could work. I've got wide SUP boards and box so need the width I think for access

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Haven't got my rack yet so good question! Most pics I've seen people have the extra bars. Depends on board rocker but pad could work. I've got wide SUP boards and box so need the width I think for access

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Yeah, crossbars would be easiest. Maybe I'll just add two, evenly spaced. How far apart are the crossbars on the rack you ordered?

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My SUP boards were too wide to be mounted without the crossbars and the maxxair fan centrally located in the roof. Had my crossbars made to 4" height. Boards can be mounted directly over the fan in the open position if needed with a roof box next to it. Still allows room to get on top. They are bolted on with clamps so they can be moved frwd-aft or removed. I like the wide slats... little extra space to get under the rack and clean bird sh*t or wrap tie downs etc. Small mat and chairs up top works perfect. I thought we orderd the open front but they made the low profile double loop wrap the whole rack. Slight whistle around 60-65mph, not bad, radio covers it up fine. Overall super pleased with it, great craftsmanship, and a nice crew working the factory there as well.
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Yeah, crossbars would be easiest. Maybe I'll just add two, evenly spaced. How far apart are the crossbars on the rack you ordered?
I'm going to do adjustable to suit various boxes and loads. Flexibility is nice

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