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Old 10-15-2008, 05:51 PM   #1
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Has any body put a roof rack on their trailer? What I want to do is carry my small 10' boat on top of my trillium. Gene
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Old 10-15-2008, 07:16 PM   #2
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Gene, mount the rooftopper on top of your tow vehicle.

That'll help with the aerodynamics. I doubt very much that the roof would support that type of extra weight without some other mods to the body!!
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Old 10-15-2008, 07:32 PM   #3
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Gene, mount the rooftopper on top of your tow vehicle.

That'll help with the aerodynamics. I doubt very much that the roof would support that type of extra weight without some other mods to the body!!
And, when you get to your campsite, you can take the boat to the launch after dropping the trailer, instead of moving it from the trailer to your tow first. And, if you decide to fish a nearby lake, you can toss it up on the tow and go.

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Old 10-15-2008, 07:36 PM   #4
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And, when you get to your campsite, you can take the boat to the launch after dropping the trailer, instead of moving it from the trailer to your tow first. And, if you decide to fish a nearby lake, you can toss it up on the tow and go.

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Careful there Bob, SOME of us here have a LITTLE MORE FOREHEAD to slap than others!!!
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Old 10-16-2008, 06:39 AM   #6
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Depends too on the tow vehicle and the boat. I have a 16'6" canoe strapped to the top of my Jeep TJ at this moment. To say that it looks odd is an UNDERSTATEMENT. Not just odd, I've got over 7 feet of canoe hanging over the hood of the Jeep and 2 feet past the front bumper. And another 2 - 3 feet hangs off the back. That is a LOT of stress on the center of the canoe. However, It's the only way to do it without a step ladder. Putting an 80 pound canoe up on a 7 foot tall roof... No thanx!
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Old 10-16-2008, 11:49 AM   #7
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Depends too on the tow vehicle and the boat. I have a 16'6" canoe strapped to the top of my Jeep TJ at this moment. To say that it looks odd is an UNDERSTATEMENT. Not just odd, I've got over 7 feet of canoe hanging over the hood of the Jeep and 2 feet past the front bumper. And another 2 - 3 feet hangs off the back. That is a LOT of stress on the center of the canoe. However, It's the only way to do it without a step ladder. Putting an 80 pound canoe up on a 7 foot tall roof... No thanx!
You could put a support on the front bumper of the Jeep, and that would reduce the stress on the center of the canoe. I've seen it done many times, and it looks rather cool as well.

You could check jeepkings.ca to see if anyone there has a pic of their setup, or perhaps someone willing to sell theirs.

To address the original post, I'd attach the rack directly to the tongue, and bumper of the trailer. By doing it this way, you eliminate the stress on the fiberglass, and it's also easy to remove without causing leaks.
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Old 10-16-2008, 12:05 PM   #8
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I ran across this in a paint job thread, I don't know who's camper this is, but I like the railing they installed around it.
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Old 10-16-2008, 02:33 PM   #9
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I ran across this in a paint job thread, I don't know who's camper this is, but I like the railing they installed around it.
If I remeber correctly he did that to help hold the roof up.

I can not picture wanting to carry anything on the roof of a Trill and I have had two of them.

The Fiberstream has a very strong roof to me but I still would not try this.
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looks like monkey bars. great paint job tho, love it!
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Has any body put a roof rack on their trailer? What I want to do is carry my small 10' boat on top of my trillium. Gene
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I ran across this in a paint job thread, [b]I don't know who's camper this is, but I like the railing they installed around it.
That is Thomas Haney's "Skimp".

In the link above he re-tells the whole story of his remodel. (His earlier postings were lost in the 2005 hack-attack)
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I ran across this in a paint job thread, I don't know who's camper this is, but I like the railing they installed around it.
VERY cute! Maybe I can get clever like that, too.

(hey! A girl can dream!)

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Best for Canoe is probably the different truck racks as suggested on there already. But if you want one on your egg roof for any reason still...

just an idea. It's untried.

Plastic or metal conduit, or square tube cut a bit shorter than lenght of roof long ways. Maybe 5 or six total?

Fill them with expanding foam for added rigidity

Screw/bolt/rivet? and expoxy or weather seal them to the roof. To go full strength add layers of fiberglass over them and bond them to the roof.

if metal preform them to the shape desired.

now you have added strenth and rails to your roof like those on an old woody wagen
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