Roof bars. Have you checked yours?

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Roof bars. Have you checked yours?

Post by Mrstratos61 » Tue May 15, 2018 10:29 pm

Hit the river today and on unloading found one roof bar bolt had worked very loose. Luckily spotted it . How often do you check ?

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Post by Chalky723 » Wed May 16, 2018 2:30 pm

I used to leave mine on all the time, now I've worked out that it's only 10 minutes to put them on/off so they get checked every time I go somewhere with the boat....

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Post by Mini2 » Thu May 17, 2018 7:38 am

I use mine every day for work so ladders are on and off all day , so I notice if they come lose , but I do take the uprights of , so they are tightened every time I put the kayaks on ,

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Post by gp.girl » Thu May 17, 2018 11:24 pm

Got to Dartmoor to find the rattling was the roof rail bolt loose!
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Post by PaddyW » Fri May 18, 2018 12:50 pm

Some simple checks every time I have a load on roofrack.

1) Try to rock the car by holding the bars.
2) Try to move bars forward or backward.
3) Check how secure load is on bars.

Any movement means you need to make adjustments.

I even do this at service stations on a long journey in case anything has worked loose.

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Post by Franky » Fri May 18, 2018 1:53 pm

I had Thule roof bars on my previous car for 3 years without taking them off. I confess I never checked them, but when I did take them off, they were as tight as the day they were put on.

My new roof bars use a different system, with holes in the door frames rather than on the roof. The bars are much quicker to take on and off, so I wonder if they will work loose more easily.

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Post by Poke » Fri May 18, 2018 2:24 pm

My old Thule ones were so well attached that when I came to try to remove them (as I was selling the car) I couldn't..
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Post by Adrian Cooper » Fri May 18, 2018 3:26 pm

My last set I had to saw off and then found I couldn't get a replacement bolt

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Post by PaddyW » Fri May 18, 2018 3:34 pm

Roofrack on all the time = poor fuel consumption. It depends how often you are using it and type of driving. I take it off if I am not planning on using it for a few weeks.

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Post by jnd_kent » Fri May 18, 2018 8:59 pm

Mark the bolt head with a perma-marker at the 12'o clock position - if it moves it's time to tighten! If you cannot see the bolt use a small mirror (as in the ones people keep in their purse...). Also some designs have QR levers to release which are very handy.

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Post by Mal Grey » Sat May 19, 2018 7:43 pm

PaddyW wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 12:50 pm
Some simple checks every time I have a load on roofrack.

1) Try to rock the car by holding the bars.
2) Try to move bars forward or backward.
3) Check how secure load is on bars.

Any movement means you need to make adjustments.

I even do this at service stations on a long journey in case anything has worked loose.
Same as Paddy. Every time I load up, the whole lot gets rocked, hard by grabbing the canoe gunwhales. If anything budges at all, its re-done.

Also do give the canoe a good shove whenever I return to the car whilst travelling with the boat on top.

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Post by goatboy » Sun May 20, 2018 11:33 pm

A quick story from the early 90s.

I used to drive a Skoda - not the modern Volkswagen clone, but the original Soviet Bloc, reject from the tractor factory, cardboard is an acceptable substitute for steel, monstrosity.

Well, the kayak stayed attached to the roof bars, the roof bars stayed attached to the car roof ... which did not stay attached to the car itself.

No major harm done, thanks to some skilled driving by the guy behind us. I even repaired the kayak, eventually.

There's probably a moral to this story, but I can't think what it is at the moment. Thought I'd share it anyway.

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