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eugp613391 wrote a review of on August 23, 2013

5 5

These brackets are the way to attach a roof rack to a camper shell. You are asking for trouble if you get one of those racks that are attached to the top of the shell with screws.

Your roof racks won't work their way off these brackets because the lip on each end will prevent that. These brackets come with 1 inch stainless steel bolts. If your shell has that so-called insulated roof, you will need to buy 2 inch stainless bolts to deal with the thicker shell and be careful to not over-tighten. A brad point bit is best for drilling the fiberglass, and you will find that the fiberglass wears out the drill bit quickly, it will be pretty much expired by the time you put four brackets on. Spend lots of time with careful layout work. Once you drill holes in the shell you can't take them back out. Check that the surface where you want to mount the bracket is flat. I had one slightly curved surface on the shell where I wanted to mount a bracket, learning this after I had drilled the holes. I had to cut and weld the bracket to get a slight bend in it so that the gasket would seal against the shell properly on both bolts. This problem occurred because I wanted the rear rack to be very close to the back of the shell to facilitate loading a boat on the roof rack.

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eugp613391 wrote a review of on August 23, 2013

5 5

These roof rack bars and the associated load stops make strapping stuff to the roof rack very easy with ratchet straps or bungee cords. After many years moisture does get past the end caps and the bar will rust on the inside, especially if you like to pull a plug and stick a pipe in the bar to support a shower curtain when camping. If you don't want any internal rust in the long term, clean the machining oil out of the bar by pulling a solvent dampened rag through it a few times and then spray cold galvanize into the bar and work it through from both ends. It won't ever rust internally if you do that.

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eugp613391 wrote a review of on August 23, 2013

5 5

I used a set of these for more than 20 years on a camper shell, hauling boats, ladders, wood, and all manner of other things. Sold them with the truck and camper shell. It took some searching to find them again for a new truck and shell, and they are exactly like the ones I sold and loved so much.

You may find that the towers are a little short as I did on the new truck. It is relatively straight forward to make 1 inch thick aluminum spacer blocks to gain height, replacing the 1 inch flange head bolt with a 2 inch galvanized one, and the 2 inch rivet with a stainless steel binding post. Careful work with a chop saw and a drill press is required.

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