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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2019 6:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Bus roof racks Reply with quote

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Anybody now manufacturer?


It's a BeKoWa.... I have a similar BeKoWa rack.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:22 am    Post subject: Re: Bus roof racks Reply with quote

Can anyone tell if that roof rack is a og Westy one or later repop? The bows have been zinc coated and the wood slats replaced at some point hence the tags are missing. If og, who can tell the year ? The clamps are obviously repop. Thanks ! Very Happy



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:04 am    Post subject: Re: Bus roof racks Reply with quote

How do you know the legs are zinc coated and not stainless?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:59 am    Post subject: Re: Bus roof racks Reply with quote

Measure the height of a metal bow (from ground to top of bow, where it meets the wood). Measure the length of wood slat. Compare to values in first post, on page one.

The clamps look original to me... nice sharp bends on the sides.
The aluminum basket looks original.

See if a magnet sticks to one of the three bows & you'll know if it's stainless or not.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:11 am    Post subject: Re: Bus roof racks Reply with quote

The basket looks original to me as well
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:17 am    Post subject: Re: Bus roof racks Reply with quote

easy e wrote:
Measure the height of a metal bow (from ground to top of bow, where it meets the wood). Measure the length of wood slat. Compare to values in first post, on page one.

The clamps look original to me... nice sharp bends on the sides.
The aluminum basket looks original.

See if a magnet sticks to one of the three bows & you'll know if it's stainless or not.


Thanks ! I don't have the rack right now but have bought it sight unseen, being told it's quite original exept for the slats and clamps that have been once replaced some 20 years ago. The seller told the bows are zinc coated, or maybe galvanized (it doesn't look so) but og. By looking closer at the last picture, I can see some stain on the bow so I believe he is right. I don't think real stainless steel could have these kind of oxydation traces. I'll see next week. Good old repop are damn difficult to recognize from og Cool . I'd say it's a poptop rack not a subhatch.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Bus roof racks Reply with quote

I ran aloha racks for 20 years. A while back I gave the bus a face lift and took the Sundial Camper spare tire off the front and put it on the roof.

I used the Nice and Easy Rack for the gutter feet, honed out the crossbar holder so I could use Yakima crossbars. The "platform" was designed to be a minimalist place to put the spare, two 2 gallon gas cans and anything that smells.

If I center the platform I can get boards on either side. It can be lifted on or off by my wife and me. That said, II'm going to install a bicycle hoist to hold the rack in the air when not required. Drive in and drop the rack on, drive in and lift the rack off. Pulleys and ropes.

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That's what I'm using now.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Bus roof racks Reply with quote

Thats a sweet use of the Aloha racks.
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