Car friendly Roof straps

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Car friendly Roof straps

Post by Mark Dixon » Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:45 am

Sold my car yesterday and the amount of scraches caused by metal straps was amazing, with a new vehicle on the horizon can anyone link / suggest some car friendly straps.

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Re: Car friendly Roof straps

Post by ChrisE » Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:57 am

I'd suggest just getting some with neoprene protectors under the buckle, and then being careful...

Or go back to the old days and just use rope...

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Re: Car friendly Roof straps

Post by Username » Sun Mar 31, 2013 11:36 am

The Rhino ones have neoprene pads on them to protect boats and cars
http://www.surfinghardware.co.uk/soft-r ... ck-straps/

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Re: Car friendly Roof straps

Post by Mark Dixon » Sun Mar 31, 2013 11:47 am

I have seen some which were totally enclosed in a rubber casing, they were difficult to use and took me a while to work out but appreciate the reasons now, just cant find them online.
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Post by andypagett » Sun Mar 31, 2013 1:29 pm

Doesn't show it very well in the pic, but the ones from Desperate Measures have webbing under the buckle for protection. Still doesn't guard against wanton smashing of the buckle in to the car, but does help when used carefully.

http://www.desperate-measures.co.uk/can ... ps_22.html

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Post by Mike A » Sun Mar 31, 2013 1:53 pm

If memory serves, the summit to sea roof straps have a neoprene pouch that completely surrounds the buckle.

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Post by immunogirl » Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:07 pm

I use hood loops for front tethering:
http://www.rei.com/product/818318/seatt ... hood-loops

That saves the front of my car from getting scratched up by tethering the boat. I use rope for front & back tethering instead of webbing, it seems gentler on the paint and I just tie a prussik knot for tension.

I otherwise use yakima straps which have a thick rubber molded casing around the buckle:
http://www.rei.com/product/655284/yakim ... traps-pair

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Post by furby » Sun Mar 31, 2013 4:45 pm

I adapted my roof rack straps with a product called sugru, putting it on all the protruding edges. Works great and I coloured coded them so I can quickly tell that the bundle of straps in my car boot contains all the sets of straps it should.

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Re: Car friendly Roof straps

Post by Uisce » Sun Mar 31, 2013 11:46 pm

Having had work supplied lease cars for the past 6 years, I've typically had to fork out to get the inevitable scratches removed before returning vehicles. I tried the whole being uber careful thing but some of the damage was caused my sloppy paddling peers when shuttling etc. Not to mention the other internal scuffs and scrapes from carrying bikes, playboats etc. inside. Personally I don't enjoy having newer vechicles that don't lend themselves to an outdoorsy lifestyle.

Can't wait to return to private car ownership later this month. In my view the additional hassles of insurance, MOTs, servicing, etc etc.. will be worth it so I can finally return to slinging my straps over the roof without a care! Personally I don't do the whole 'cosmetic' car thing. As long as it's mechanically sound, well maintained, and comfortable to spend time in, I'm happy.

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Re: Car friendly Roof straps

Post by Jim » Mon Apr 01, 2013 2:45 am

New car - why?

As mentioned paddling put's high wear and tear on a car, better off with something pre-loved and already depreciated with some cosmetic blemishes to prevent you getting too upset at new ones.

Oh, and train your pals properly!

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Re: Car friendly Roof straps

Post by Mark Dixon » Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:19 am

Getting a T5 this week purely for paddling and camping but she's been well looked after and having learnt from this last car I'm going to try and keep it scratch free. An advantage is at least it will be me tieing the boats on roof being so high. I cant assign blame to my peers as I found myself dropping the straps a few times and trashing the paintwork. I know theres a fully enclosed strap out there I just need to find it.
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Re: Car friendly Roof straps

Post by Jim » Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:25 pm

Ah well that's a different story, in that case get a Karitek easy loader (high lift version probably needed) - you will be strapping the boats on with it hanging down the side so no way for the straps to get anywhere near the roof (or side) of the van. If you are going to use a standard rack strap scratches will be the least of your troubles based on the ways my brother used to climb up onto his T4 to strap boats on.

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Re: Car friendly Roof straps

Post by 66quinny66 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:01 am

It is possible to get Thule 523 straps with rubber "buckle bumpers" that surround the buckles. They're not cheap though!

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Re: Car friendly Roof straps

Post by Mark Dixon » Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:25 pm

66quinny66 wrote:It is possible to get Thule 523 straps with rubber "buckle bumpers" that surround the buckles. They're not cheap though!
Yup, they're the ones, I knew we'd get there in the end :)

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Re: Car friendly Roof straps

Post by Joey_1990 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:11 pm

Hi

If its a van, can the boats not just go in said van?

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Re: Car friendly Roof straps

Post by Mark Dixon » Fri Apr 05, 2013 1:25 pm

Joey_1990 wrote:Hi

If its a van, can the boats not just go in said van?

joe
Tbh I dont want too much smelly river water in the van as its multi purpose van. I've just picked up some Summit to Sea straps from AS Watersports and they look very paint friendly.

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