Today my wife gets back from 10 days in Japan. I've been doing my best to be both Mum and Dad to my two kids. Lord knows how single parents get on as it's been week and a half of extremely hard work!
Avid readers of this blog will know of my concerns for the glass and window industry's use of vans for transportation with the move from traditional guttered vans to those with a "Euro" style van. Euro vans have folded channels in the roof panel for roofbar connection and are often rated as low as 15kgs per connection point making them a poor choice (in their factory supplied state) for fixing of roofbars to support a van frail (which we rate at 600kgs for 500kgs of payload).
Over time we've developed a solution which involves using internal bracing between the ceiling and floor of the van, most commonly as an internal rack, and a full length purpose designed extrusion on each side of the roof to support the roofbar crossmembers. The solution is an external rack, roofbars and supports, van shell, and internal bracing which lock together to provide the required strength. This allows The Glass Racking Company to take responsibility for the strength of the overall solution. Although this solution is more expensive than roofbar solutions for vans with traditional gutters, the overall package when combined with other features and benefits of the Euro vans can make for a very attractive package.
Another option is that the end customer takes responsibility for the overall solutions strength by excluding the bracing, at their peril.
The photo below is of a Hyundai Iload with a Euro roof which we installed a drivers side frail on last week.