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    If my truck ever kicks the bucket, I'll probably go to a minivan set up. Does anyone have a ladder rack that they are using with a van that they like? Any that you don't like?

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    We prefer using a fold-up ladder that fits inside our Volvo station wagon. That way it stays clean and dry, and is easier to carry around.
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    Man when my truck dies in 2yrs, est (sniff sniff) I am getting this Clubman to get around. I think my fold up ladder will fit. The gas alone...just saying


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    I thought of that, but I'm really not interested in a fold up ladder, nor am I interested in dragging a wet ladder in and out of my van. Anybody using a roof rack?

    Jim Robinson
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    I use a 2000 Nissan quest van with a roof rack. It works just fine. I put my 20 foot extension up there with noproblem. I even hauled a 30 foot fiberglas extension ladder on it with noproblem.


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    I used a roof rack for my bigger ladder when I needed it. I had a Scion Xb for several years. It was actually easier to use than my new F150.
    The rack I had was a aftermarket (Yakima?) clamp on rack and never gave me a bit of trouble.
    The only real drawback was wind noise and drag with the ladders up there. It usually cost me 1-2 mpg.

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    If ya dont mind drilling the roof then maybe this would give you some heavy duty service.

    Chevy HHR minivan Heavy duty UNIVERSAL ladder roof rack | eBay


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Robinson View Post
    If my truck ever kicks the bucket, I'll probably go to a minivan set up. Does anyone have a ladder rack that they are using with a van that they like? Any that you don't like?
    Hi Jim,

    I drive a Honda CRV and put my extension ladder on my roof rack for years. I used webbing straps from Thule to secure the ladder. Takes a couple of minutes to remove and replace it. I recently switched to a Little Giant and it goes in the back of my vehicle. Much easier.

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    I have a set of heavy duty Highland top carriers (2) Jim that are like new. I was about to run them on Craig's List. 60" wide with a 1 1/2" cross pipe. Clamps to rain gutter of roof. Haven't quite figured a price as yet but if you are interested, email me and I'll have the rest of the details.

    I got them on a covered trailer I bought. My Little Giant slips into the back of my pickup with a Truxedo cover on top to keep out the weather and dirt, so I have no need for them.

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    Ford Ranger with a flat top canopy. I bolted on aluminum angle peices to accept the clamps for a standard roof rack. In the back, I have my 17' Jaws with the top section off to the side, and a stepladder that's my outdoor desk on the other side. Camera pole and safety gear, ropes, shovel, 4 foot level, etc. all goes in the back.

    Even when I don't need the long ladder, it says I'm ready to go, good advertising. I take it off if I know there's no high roofs coming up.

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