Roof Basket for LG.

puppypuppy Member Posts: 325
edited April 2014 in Conversions & Upgrades
Anyone have knowledge with roof carriers / roof baskets ?  I had Little Guy install roof racks when I ordered my five wide. I keep thinking a basket built with quality would look great empty on the roof, could be used to store spare tire. If I had a small aluminum frame welded up that would clamp onto the roof racks for easy removal.  The basket could have two cross bars that pin into place, then removed if I need to open ceiling fan. I'm camping this week end, looks like my tape measure, pad of paper and pencils are going with me.  Keep u posted.     Gary  

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  • puppypuppy Member Posts: 325
    edited June 2012
    This was a test Mike, looks like we figured out how to post. This picture shows the factory roof racks.   Gary

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  • jerry101jlhjerry101jlh Member Posts: 1,266
    I have considered a roof basket myself Gary as I also have the factory roof rails, but never thought about a problem opening the vent, so thanks for bringing that to my attention. I don't know roof baskets well, but have seen them under a hundred dollars way up to around 300 for a Yakima or Thule one. From what I've researched looks like the ones made by Rage are of decent quality, but don't carry the Yakima or Thule price tag.
  • Michigan_MikeMichigan_Mike Member Posts: 8,776 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited June 2012
    Great idea Gary!  Incorporate some type of "swivel rail" in your design so that when you "un-pin" the basket support rails on each side, you would then raise up each side a foot or so and the roof rack would basically tilt up on one end and allow for the roof vent to be opened.  Just a thought and am sure that something could be fabricated out of aluminum to make it work.  I know that on my pontoon boat I have a convertible top that basically pins into place and is square, tubular aluminum and am thinking that on a smaller scale something similar would work.  

    I love these type of discussions too as they are very thought provoking!  \:D/

    And congratulations on the photo posting too!

    Mike

  • puppypuppy Member Posts: 325
    edited June 2012
     Mike, I love your idea, a rod hinge on one end held on with cotter pins, so the basket can be raised like a car hood, held up with a kick stand rod. This would allow me to open roof fan door. I located a aluminum welder and now I'm going to draw up a plan and get a price. I'm hoping his price is in my range. I'm thinking a antenna could also be placed on the basket. I'm getting ahead of myself but I love these projects.     Again, thank you for that idea Mike.

    June 14       
    The latest:  My design for basket will be fixed with a 15 1/2 " x 15 1/2" opening in bottom, so when basket is empty the fan hood will open through basket. While traveling I will place a cut out road sign on the bottom of basket then place spare tire in basket. The hinge was giving me some problems and then I thought of the stop sign I used for a floor board in a 56 Ford pick up years ago.     Gary 


  • Michigan_MikeMichigan_Mike Member Posts: 8,776 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Good deal Gary and keep us posted on the set-up or how everything shakes out.  My brother use to own a canvas & awning shop and from the sounds of things you'll really end up with a small frame, similar to what they use for awnings.  That shouldn't be too bad and I guess it just depends on what materials he uses.  Either way you should end up with a very heavy-duty rack and something that will not rust!

    Mike 
  • puppypuppy Member Posts: 325
    edited June 2012
    The latest: My design for basket is changing now I'm looking at a fixed 15 1/2" x 15 1/2" opening in bottom of basket so when basket is empty the fan hood will open through basket. While traveling I will place a cut to fit road sign on the bottom of basket. The hinge was giving me problems then I realized the basket would have to be empty to raise so just have a road sign bridge open area while baskets being used. I'm still trying to get a price.   Gary  
  • jerry101jlhjerry101jlh Member Posts: 1,266
    Gary, I think you have hit on the simplest and best solution. Glad you are figuring this all out now for when I buy one lol
  • puppypuppy Member Posts: 325
    edited June 2012
    I found a aluminum welder down in North Carolina, custom built $150.00 plus shipping. This guy is easy to work with and has a small side business. You can't just buy any old roof basket and expect it to look good on the Little Guy because the basket must be small so it doesn't throw off it's look. If you buy a product and then alter it, I have found in most cases it never looks just right. Every time we work on a project it runs into money but this is a small price we pay to have it our way. Like you Jerry our roof racks should be working for us.   Gary 
  • Michigan_MikeMichigan_Mike Member Posts: 8,776 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited June 2012
    Sounds good Gary!   I think if you're going to really be cool you need to have him weld on some small aluminum side panels and have some scallops added for aesthetics!    :)>-

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  • puppypuppy Member Posts: 325
    Don't laugh Mike I was thinking about it, well I ordered the basket from the welder in North Carolina and I might have it in one week. For the campers that have roof racks the basket is a great accessory. You see baskets on the old teardrops from the forties   Gary
  • Michigan_MikeMichigan_Mike Member Posts: 8,776 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I was just pulling your leg a little above Gary, but think the roof rack is a great idea and am sure you will get a lot of use out of it.  Not to mention that it will be light weight and give you many options for various uses.  I've always thought about installing the racks like yours as I have kayaks and know it would be handy and give me more flexibility. But am always pulled in the other direction too as I am hesitant to drill any holes in the side of my trailer as I like the stock look.   

    Make sure you post up some photos when your rack is completed.

    Mike
  • jerry101jlhjerry101jlh Member Posts: 1,266
    I agree Mike, like the stock retro look, but we do have racks and they have served well and as Gary points out they were in big use back in the day, so don't really detract from the retro look.
  • Michigan_MikeMichigan_Mike Member Posts: 8,776 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I'm guessing there are kayak adapters for these racks too correct?
  • jerry101jlhjerry101jlh Member Posts: 1,266
    I found when I researched the brand of rack LG used on ours and I can not find the brand name now, very few factory add ons (kayak holders) available, but found plenty from other manufacturers that would work. Not questioning their quality, but have found anything by Yakima and Thule to be more costly than other brands I found. And when customer reviews available on these lesser known brands, usually very good, so I question the need to pay like an extra hundred for the Yakima or Thule name.

    Mike, adding a roof rack doesn't appear to be that difficult. On ours the mounting frame is just attached to the side of the SS with two bolts on each mount. I doubt there is any additional support in the walls, but could be I guess. The weight rating on ours is 250 lbs I believe.
  • puppypuppy Member Posts: 325
    Jerry, I also researched the rack company and found nothing for attachments to put into rails. The rails have end caps, when opened expose a channel system, The racks on my pic-up has the same channel and the brackets slide out and into the racks on my 5 wide. I will be using the large black turn knobs and slide bolt to mount my basket. The welder emailed a picture of basket tacked together, looked great and he now is going to finalize welding and should be shipping basket this week, just in time for my Canada vacation.   Gary 
  • Time_Out1Time_Out1 Member Posts: 473
    You rule, Gary!!! Very good idea...can't wait to see it mounted on your trailer  =D>

    Clyde
  • Michigan_MikeMichigan_Mike Member Posts: 8,776 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Good deal Gary and DO post up some shots of that new roof-rack when it arrives!  Maybe your welder needs to talk to Joe & Chris down in Massillon and work out a production schedule for the LG factory eh?   I'm betting he could make a decent aluminum rack too for the trailers too and incorporate that basket into the total design as an add-on feature?  Hmmm, and have him fabricate a set of kayak holders too?   Interesting thought.....
    ;)   

    Mike

  • jerry101jlhjerry101jlh Member Posts: 1,266
    oh and while he's at it Mike, I suppose you'd like him to make you lunch lol
  • Jaye25Jaye25 Member Posts: 37
    Gary, where is he located in NC?
  • puppypuppy Member Posts: 325
    Morehead City,  North Carolina,     I haven't got my basket there is a problem with late mail re: payment.  I'll keep you posted.  
  • puppypuppy Member Posts: 325
    Spoke to the aluminum welder and he will be shipping my basket tomorrow ( Mon.). I should get it Thursday, I'll install it on my roof racks fill it with tent and some gear because the next day I'm off to Canada for vacation.  Gary
  • puppypuppy Member Posts: 325
    edited April 2014
    Check it out, this project was rewarding. Picked up basket from UPS got it home and installed it in 20 minutes.  I'm storing tent and misc. supplies. I think the single strap should keep the bins in place. I got prices from $800.00 to what I took was $150.00, the workmanship is excellent, from this aluminum welder out of North Carolina tel. number 252-808-5479.  I'm all loaded up and leaving in morning for the Great Lakes.    Gary


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  • Michigan_MikeMichigan_Mike Member Posts: 8,776 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Looks good Gary!  Might need a small tarp to cover up boxes in weather or will they be water tight?  I think that is a fair price but do keep an eye on the welds as a result of vibration and bouncing.  I like the compact size and bet it is very lightweight too.  

    Where are you headed in the Great Lakes region?  

    Well done!

    Mike
  • puppypuppy Member Posts: 325
    The basket weight is 18 lbs, and the welder didn't grind down the welds, because he didn't want to weaken the welds. He polished the aluminum it matches the aluminum rock guard on the 5 wide. What ever I put in the basket it won't matter if it gets wet. This was my favorite project, thanks for the " well done "  Were going to Jordan, Ontario from there we will do some paddling  ( kayaking ) on three of the lakes. We have never seen Niagara Falls,our Little Guy has made it possible to go places that we would never have gone to. Mike congratulations on the rally, this will be your moment to shine, I would enjoy meeting you and thanking you personally for all the support and help.   Gary      
  • deceiverdeceiver Member Posts: 1,192 ✭✭✭
    A really nice mod. Are you using those ratcheting straps to hold the stuff down? Those would work good I'd think.
  • jerry101jlhjerry101jlh Member Posts: 1,266
    Basket looks great! If I could ask, what is the overall size and how are you attaching it to the roof rack?
  • puppypuppy Member Posts: 325
    It's a custom size, I selected  31" X 28"  X 5" , I wanted something that wouldn't throw off the small camper. One of the pictures shows the end of the rack with the cap removed. I simply slid in a carriage bold into grove which then I bolted down basket using the four holes in frame.  I'm thinking the simple straps should do the job Dan. Sorry that the pictures can't be enlarged, I'm not sure what size attachment to enter.  Thanks for the reviews,      Gary
  • jerry101jlhjerry101jlh Member Posts: 1,266
    I might opt for one a little wider, but overall I sure like what you have there!
  • puppypuppy Member Posts: 325
    Up date:  Baskets a winner, it looks like it belongs on the roof. If anyone is thinking about doing this project, think about a drop down side. I'm 6' 3" and putting some thing in basket would be easier if I could slide items in, oppose to dropping things in. The vent opens perfect and while it's open, it looks normal or should I say good.    Gary
  • jerry101jlhjerry101jlh Member Posts: 1,266
    Glad that's a winner Gary!
  • tkuhar1tkuhar1 Member Posts: 56 ✭✭
    I had a friend of mine who does metal fabrication take my roof mount off the trailer and he added 3 inches to the mounts, sanded them, painted them, and remounted.  Now the fan works great and I do not have to worry about what I have mounted to the rack.
  • Michigan_MikeMichigan_Mike Member Posts: 8,776 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Post up some photos if you get a chance.
  • tkuhar1tkuhar1 Member Posts: 56 ✭✭

    The name of the guy who did the work is Billy Fox.  He said could perform this mode for anyone if you sent him your brackets and told him how much higher you wanted it.  He added 3 inches for me.  As you can see below you cannot even tell.  Contact him directly at [email protected]

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  • tkuhar1tkuhar1 Member Posts: 56 ✭✭
    Forgot to mention; since I already have all Thule products; I had him swap out the factory bars and mount the Thule Bar to the factory mounts.
  • puppypuppy Member Posts: 325
    edited January 2013
    Nice job tkuhar, LG should be thinking like you with regards to the height of the roof racks. Look at page 1 and check out my basket. My next project I'm cutting 2 1/2 inches off one of the mounting brackets that you added 3 inches to. Now, what could it be ?  I'll post after "Rolling Home" in Ohio. Gary  
  • puppypuppy Member Posts: 325
    puppy said:
    Check it out, this project was rewarding. Picked up basket from UPS got it home and installed it in 20 minutes.  I'm storing tent and misc. supplies. I think the single strap should keep the bins in place. I got prices from $800.00 to what I took was $150.00, the workmanship is excellent, from this aluminum welder out of North Carolina tel. number 252-808-5479.  I'm all loaded up and leaving in morning for the Great Lakes.    Gary


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