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Re: Project Roofrack

Postby PaulSA » 14 Apr 2016, 19:00

SYNCRO WITH ROOFTOP TENT.jpg
My Syncro with roofrack and Roof Top Tent
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Perhaps something like this?
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Re: Project Roofrack

Postby silverbullet » 14 Apr 2016, 19:43

My experiences with the Dehler/rooftent: a fairing at the front is definitely a good idea, it needs to meet the front contour of the roof to be effective and prevent air from flowing under the rack and its load; a good fairing will massively reduce the drag from a bluff object like a rooftent, but it means that the rack can't extend right to the front of the roof.

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Re: Project Roofrack

Postby PaulSA » 14 Apr 2016, 20:19

My bus definitely, definitely does need a fairing. If it was a brick before, it's like a house now.
(We're looking at 16-17lt/100km at 100km/hr on a DOWNHILL)

It was my first attempt with the rack and tent, and I also have the rear rack to carry the extra fuel, camping equipment, spares, wood etc.

As you mention however, one cannot move the rack too far back--else you cannot get into the RTT.

In the future the rooftop tent will only be used in areas with man-eating wild animals where one does not want to camp on the ground.

My other large rack---to carry all the gear--- will just have an awning mounted on the side and will be positioned as far back as possible.
I will be looking to manufacture a fairing/fuel saver from aluminium sheet or fibreglass--similar to those on big trucks.
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Re: Project Roofrack

Postby silverbullet » 14 Apr 2016, 20:34

My solution
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Re: Project Roofrack

Postby PaulSA » 14 Apr 2016, 20:54

Excellent Idea,

We don't have those Dehler roofs here,
but the concept makes sense.

Thanks for the link--much food for thought.
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Re: Project Roofrack

Postby silverbullet » 14 Apr 2016, 21:36

Thankfully wild animals are not a big problem over here!
But keeping the tent dry when not in use and being able to safely drive past a petrol station are always good things.

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Re: Project Roofrack

Postby jed the spread » 14 Apr 2016, 21:41

Some nifty ideas here some of you might find useful, https://vimeo.com/162675689 full spec list here, http://campervanculture.com/product-cat ... w-product/

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Re: Project Roofrack

Postby PaulSA » 15 Apr 2016, 05:24

Thanks Jed,

Not sure now who holds the patent--but these are exactly our "Front Runner" Roof racks and accessories?

http://www.frontrunneroutfitters.com/en/za/

The same as on my bus.
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Re: Project Roofrack

Postby jed the spread » 15 Apr 2016, 07:09

PaulSA wrote:Thanks Jed,

Not sure now who holds the patent--but these are exactly our "Front Runner" Roof racks and accessories?

http://www.frontrunneroutfitters.com/en/za/

The same as on my bus.


Yep, we are a Front Runner outlet :ok

They do some amazing gear for sure. The items we did stock last year at The Adventure Overland Show went down really well. The full range can be viewed at this years event should anyone want a close up look. The means to fit it all and for it to work on a Westy roof is all our idea and products we have made in house.



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Re: Project Roofrack

Postby Tinium » 15 Apr 2016, 08:11

jed the spread wrote:Some nifty ideas here some of you might find useful, https://vimeo.com/162675689 full spec list here, http://campervanculture.com/product-cat ... w-product/

Some really nice stuff there Jed, not seen the Front Runner range before :)
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