2005 Caravan/ Town & Country
Any options out there?
That's really pushing the envelope. Driving with that load would be unacceptable...and I'm kinda known for not always following the 'acceptable'. I've probably had 200+ lbs on the factory rack a few times without any ill effect but if you need 500 (while parked) I think you're looking for some form of firmly mounted through-roof bolted system, rather than the factory stock system with its inherent flex. There are certainly ladder/roof rack systems out there for the caravan, I've seen more than a few on commercial vehicles and you could likely adapt a platform from that.
Find a sturdy SUV "basket" rack, that might get you in ~300 range. The roof is not designed to carry that kind of weight (definitely not with dynamic forces that would generate), you might get away with it when parked but it's really pushing the limits (the entire van payload is what? 1200 lbs)'05 Owner's Manusl said:ROOF LUGGAGE RACK — IF EQUIPPED The crossbars and siderails are designed to carry the weight on vehicles equipped with a luggage rack. The load must not exceed 68 kg (150 lbs), and should be uniformly distributed over the luggage rack crossbars.
No, it's designed to prevent total passenger compartment collapse and it's only designed for that load for one incident only...the roof is made to support the van when it is upside down
Carry staging on your roof racks, then erect it on site, since you aren't going anywwhere.it’s really not that much we need to transport but when we are parked i need to setup weather and camera equipment plus me so I can film - I don’t need to drive with that much weight just parked weight
We're not talking about new metal here, the factory roof seams crack and leak so there's likely corrosion developing at welds and contact points.you might get away with it when parked but it's really pushing the limits
I see the Sprinter vans and older mini van like vehicles building platforms up there they don’t care about anything like what I am seeing here.. Dinner Party of 2 on the roofer in SXT seating area in 15’min
Guys when they put a high roof on they cut the old off and install it over top where do they mount too.. those high tops have to be more then 600 lbs just a though hmmmI see the Sprinter vans and older mini van like vehicles building platforms up there they don’t care about anything like what I am seeing here.. Dinner Party of 2 on the roofer in SXT seating area in 15’min
Sprinters make since because of extra sheet metal these i don’t know.
thinking cage type system wielded into pilar’s of van would be the only option