- How to buy the correct Van Roof Bars
How to buy the correct Van Roof Bars
Your van is the most important tool you have and for many it is the one member of the team that never lets you down. Without it there would be no work.
For the tradesman, business owners and some fleets of the UK some van owners are downsizing all in the name of increased fuel efficiency and reduced running costs. For those people – or anyone that needs more flexibility from their van a good set of van roof bars can vastly improve loading flexibility.
When you’re looking to buy van roof bars it can be easy to get confused by all of the choices on offer, but life doesn’t need to be that complicated. Right!
Here at Van Supplies we have put together a guide for you on how to buy the correct van roof bars for your trusty workhorse.
What Will You Be Carrying?
Before you start make a list of anything you may need your van roof bars to carry: ladders, pipes, wood planks – the list goes on. Will any of this be especially heavy? And is any of it specialist equipment, or unusual in shape or size?
Once you have done this you will have a fair idea of how much weight you will be carrying. Some van roof bars simply aren’t up to the job and you may need a roof bar set that has been properly tested for safe commercial use.
The material in which the roof bars are made from is believe it or not a very key consideration. Whilst it is easy to pick up a less expensive set of van roof bars made from steel, these can be heavy, less flexible and subject to corrosion over time leaving your pride and joy looking ugly from the top down.
Van Supplies offers a better solution in an aluminium roof bar range resulting in less weight, increased strength, far greater resistance to corrosion and aesthetically a more professional look.
Aluminium van roof bars also offer less drag. This means that whilst they may cost a fraction more than a less expensive steel option you will find yourself spending less time at the fuel pump to compensate.
Remember – cheaper doesn’t always mean better in the long term!
Now that you have decided you need a set of aluminium van roof bars and you have considered what your weight load is you will be carrying it is important to understand the variations in fitment that roof bars come in.
Key considerations of this are to know exactly the type of van you have. Many models such as the Ford Transit, Ford Transit Custom, Ford Transit Connect, Mercedes Vito, Mercedes Sprinter, Renault Master, Renault Trafic, Vauxhall Vivaro, Vauxhall Combo, Vauxhall Movano, Citroen Relay, Citroen Berlingo, Citroen Dispatch, Fiat Ducato, Fiat Scudo, Fiat Doblo, Fiat Talento, Peugeot Boxer, Peugeot Expert, Volkswagen Transporter T5, Volkswagen Transporter T6, Volkswagen Caddy and Volkswagen Crafter are available in a wide range of wheelbases and roof heights. Some of these models are also available with a choice of twin rear doors (barn doors) or lift up tailgate.
Van roof bar product offerings are advertised by Vehicle Make, Model, Wheelbase, Roof Height & Rear door configuration illustrated as the below examples much to the dependency on how many models are in that manufacturers model range:
Wheelbase (Example): SWB (L1), MWB (L2), LWB (L3), XLWB (L4)
Roof Height (Example): Low/Standard (H1), Medium (H2), High (H3), Extra/Super High (H4)
Rear Door (Example): Twin (Barn) Door or Tailgate
Fitting Your Roof Bars
Once you are ready to fit your new set of aluminium roof bars it is clearly important to get it right. Badly fitted roof bars could not only damage what you are carrying but more importantly it could damage your van beyond repair. It’s also worth noting that it could also lead to a stern talking to from a local police officer.
When fitting your roof bars always consider the following points:
- Read the supplied fitting instructions completely first and always follow them to the letter.
- Get help fitting them if you need it.
- Use the correct tools for the job, don’t cut corners or this may just cost you.
- Never make any alterations to the roof bar set. Not only is this dangerous and could make your roof bars unsafe but it will void any warranty supplied with the product.
- If you get stuck telephone the Van Supplies technical helpline on 0800 107 0003
Using Your Roof Bars
Now that you have successfully installed your roof bars onto your van it is vitally important that you use them correctly. Whilst this doesn’t take a scientist to figure out it is more of a ‘common sense’ approach. Always consider the following when preparing or using your van roof bars:
- Never exceed the manufacturers guidelines for your van’s load capacity.
- Always make sure you load whatever it is you are carrying safely.
- Always ensure that your cargo is evenly distributed across your roof bars and secured down properly.