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Old 04-23-2007, 04:42 PM   #15
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Whether the rack is used to pull up the shell, or support a canoe, I just meant that it is the same general configuration: a separate external framework connected to the frame beyond the front and back ends of the body... like Rick's awning mount.

I agree that any trailer is too tall for this to be a great idea, and mine is tall enough that it's a lousy idea... but it is an answer to Paul's question.

I agree with the many people who have suggested that the roof of the tug is generally a much better place; however, even that may not be great. With my canoe on my Sienna, the stern would prevent use of the van's hatch, if I could ever get the thing up there in the first place. Canoes seem particularly bad, because they don't suit most boat loader designs well (they tend to assume a broad square stern), and tend to be bulky compared to kayaks. The traditional upturned bow and stern (downturned when inverted on the rack) can also get in the way of reasonable manual loading schemes.
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Old 04-23-2007, 04:46 PM   #16
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Ian, just home from three months in Florida with the 15' Sportspal on the roof of the Sienna. No problems at all but I'm glad even the 45lb weight wasn't resting on the Trill. I too have a wee sag in the roof where the Fan. Fan is placed. When I removed the extra roof to fit in the FF, I was amazed ( appalled??) at how thin the roof skin was.
The canoe didn't move on the roof...held down with two cam-lok straps from Can. Tire. ...fairly easy on & off too. It may also act as an air spoiler to cut down on the air resistance offered by the Trill...but I have no factual proof of that.
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Old 04-23-2007, 05:34 PM   #17
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If you put racks at the front and back of an egg, all the concerns about sagging roofs would not apply - it's suspending loads like A/Cs in the middle of nearly-flat panels that causes the problems, it seems. Near the ends (or near the sides), the roof is much more capable of carrying vertical loads.

However, whether your canoe wants to be supported at two points so far apart is another matter.

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Old 04-25-2007, 11:22 AM   #18
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I had problems in my 1300 when I installed a Fantastical Fan in place of the vent.
I had to jack the roof up against the weight of the fan,and that is not very much weight.
Hi Ed, I have been contemplating adding a MaxxFan or Fantastic Fan in the room of our 1300. The current vent is about 8 1/2" square, it a section that is slightly raised (I am assuming to add strength). Now to add one of the fans mentioned above I would have to make the opening larger, of course removing the raised up section. In your experience, would you say that the roof wouldn't be able to hold the wieght of the fan?

Thanks for sharing your valuble experience.
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Old 04-25-2007, 04:15 PM   #19
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Hi Ed, I have been contemplating adding a MaxxFan or Fantastic Fan in the room of our 1300. The current vent is about 8 1/2" square, it a section that is slightly raised (I am assuming to add strength). Now to add one of the fans mentioned above I would have to make the opening larger, of course removing the raised up section. In your experience, would you say that the roof wouldn't be able to hold the wieght of the fan?

Thanks for sharing your valuble experience.
Well....What I did say was exactly what I experienced when doing this in my 1300.
The hole does need to be enlarged and the new fan wil be a lot heavier than the vent that comes out.

In mine the roof began to sag right away so I began looking for a solution right away.
I had been building shelves above the windows all the way around the trailer for some storage and it seemed a logical extension of that to try to gain some support from the new shelves.

The funny thing is that my 1300 also had an automotive sunroof installed over the bed area and while tis is much bigger and heavier than the fan the roo seemed much stronger and stiffer back there.

There is little question that the roof is thin and under supported where the vent is and removing the raised area did not help.

On the other hand,The fan was a big improvement and well worth any roof sag for me.

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