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Framing

Postby Firesniper » Thu Feb 05, 2015 2:31 pm

Hello everyone I have a question I've been looking threw the other posts and haven't found any. So I want to put a roof rack with a tent on top of my trailer and I want to know should I build a metal frame to support the extra weight or will the regular framing support the extra weight. Thanks
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Re: Framing

Postby KCStudly » Thu Feb 05, 2015 3:04 pm

Depends on the type of construction and how the rack brackets attach, either side mount, corner mount, or surface mount on top.

Most people who are stick building and know that they are going to add a roof rack will put dedicated studs (maybe 1x3 in the flat) to help transfer the load down to the floor and give a decent size "blocking" at the top where the brackets attach.

For sandwich or skeleton construction I would think that that there would be plenty of strength with just a wide band along the profile side of the core, if not dedicated vertical sections left strategically under the mounts.

On a foamie you would almost certainly want to put dedicated studs and spars, or at least a large area of blocking to help distribute the loads.
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Re: Framing

Postby titanpat57 » Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:23 pm

I used solid block framing in between the roof framing members to support the metal rack that the roof top tent was attached to.

The metal rack was then lagged through the rubber roof and silicones tight.
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Re: Framing

Postby Firesniper » Fri Feb 06, 2015 12:39 pm

Thanks I will try these suggestions I appreciate the help
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