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Mounting a roof rack on the topper

Hey all, I've recently acquired a rooftop basket/rack from a friend (free!) and I'm trying to figure the best way to mount it on the topper. I've searched and seen pictures of different mounts - some using cross-bars, some not. Some cross-bars are bolted through the topper, some mounted above the side windows. Some look like they mounted the basket directly to the top.

I plan on using the rack to carry things, but nothing heavy like a spare tire or anything - mostly stuff like a tent, camping chairs, etc.

I'm on a budget, so I want to do this economically as well. Any ideas out there?

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I suppose the best solution depends greatly on the design of the rack. Got any pics?

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Got any pics?

Yessir. Just took these earlier:

Here it is


The mounts - for cross bars.


Mock up with it laying on top.


It has cross bar mounts, but I don't want to drill into the fiberglass if I don't have to. I've seen bars that mount above the side windows somewhere, but I can't put my finger on those pics anymore for some reason.



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They make artificial rain gutter plates so that you can use a standard tower for your crossbars. Still have to be bolted through the top.

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yeah, it's going to have to be bolted to the top. don't think there's any way around that.
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Yeah, it's looking that way. Probably better on the side above the window than directly on the flat top - sturdier probably.


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The only other way would be an exo-frame set up mounted between the top and the bed rails. The advantage is you could run the rack with the top off.
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I wanted to still have the roof basket with the shell off so I attached it to roof racks that are attached to the gutters. Good option if you didn't want to drill into shell. Easy install too.

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I think your mock-up shows it sitting sideways, instead of front to back.
you can likely mount it any way you like, just sayin'.

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I like the exoskeleton idea. Plus less worry of damage to top from weight.

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I think it may be an optical illusion BP that makes the pic look weird - I have a plastic wind faring (not shown) that goes on the front so it's pretty obvious which way is which.

Regardless, I'm thinking of bolting on some rails that go front to back onto which I will mount cross bars. I think I will also reinforce the rails on the inside of the topper ceiling with some large washers or plates. Hopefully that will not only spread out the weight held in the rack, but also permit me to lift off the entire topper by some sort of garage ceiling mounted winch system that I am still conjuring up in my head. I dunno - we'll see.


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