Handi Rack Inflatable Roof Racks (Anyone Used One?)

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Handi Rack Inflatable Roof Racks (Anyone Used One?)

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I've been looking at Handi Rack Inflatable Roof Racks and would like to know if anyone has used one? If so would they be able to take two kayaks?
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Look at this thread for discussion:
http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/foru ... =3&t=51468

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Thank, for the pointer some good information there. Does anyone have experience of using them on a van with only two doors butsliding side windows also?
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Ive got the van problem too, no where for the rear strap.

am looking at these: http://www.rackinabag.co.uk/index.html

havent found any one with any experience though and they do look a little flimsy! probably woundnt carry many boats!

cheap enough though!

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Friends hired a 2 door corsa on a trip to Austria a few years ago, put both bits of the handirack through the one set of doors as far apart as they could, slapped on three creekers with the ends tied down and happily drove about like that for a week.
The roof still ended up a bit dented but it definitely worked.
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I finally got my side windows open and think that it would work through them. However I'm not sure if the handirack is wide enough for the roof of my Mazda van as my car roof bars were way too short. I need about 52" width. Does anyone know how wide the handiracks are?
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I have a set that I am selling as they were just used as a temporary measure on the old car until we got a new car and a fixed roofrack. See here http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/foru ... 10&t=53440 . We always used to put 2 kayaks on them and never had any problems. You sometimes get a bit damp when it was raining, and they can be noisy unless you get the straps right otherwise they were fine, they didn't dent the roof either.
I'm not sure about the width, I would have thought it would be ok though as long as the straps are long enough to go all the way through the van and do up, you'd still be able to use the rack fine even if it didn't reach the edge as it has tie down points. I can measure them if you're interested?
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As I spent today getting the brakes on my van fixed I failed in my quest to get suitable roof bars or handirack thing for my old van.
I am thinking of strapping my BIC Ouassou or stunt bat kayak onto the roof of my old Mazda Bongo using the rear spoiler and some cushions between. I have good quality heavy duty straps. Has anyone else done this? A friend uses this methods for surf boards which I know are lighter and flatter.
My van is shown in the link below.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/30177620@N ... 196819053/
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Dude,

Standard Nissan Vannette roof bars will work on your van.

Second generation (C22; 1985–1994)) Vannette is the same as your van.


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Thanks for that info Adrian, I'm not long back from Ireland where I got very wet on a motorbike - the highligh of the trip was riding my bike through a river ford.
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Having just done a quick reckie I think my earlier cushion rack idea was too much youtube waiting to happen. I will take a mask and snorkel to pembrokeshire and look for gobby fish.

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