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How to make sure you get the right roof rack

All of our racks are made specifically to fit one type of van, which means they are easy to fit, but also that they only fit one type of van.

It’s important to make sure you order for the correct van, if you get it wrong, the rack won’t fit.

Here’s what to check:

Model of van including year

This can be as simple as Vauxhall Vivaro, Citroen Berlingo, or Volkswagen Transporter. One tricky thing is that Ford make a: Transit, Transit Custom, Transit Connect, and Transit Courier, none of which are the same.

Year

Different years of the same named van are often different models. So for example the 2002-2014 Vauxhall Vivaro is different to the 2014-2018 Vivaro.

Sometimes (let’s use the Vivaro as an example) a 2014 or 2015 registered van could be the older model, so its best to compare your van to pictures of the older and newer shape to see which it is.

Wheelbase

The length designation of a van. It might be as simple as a SWB (Short wheelbase) or LWB (Long wheelbase). Or there might be medium or extra long variants too. Sometimes it’s listed as a length code L1, L2, L3 etc. If you’re not sure about this one, the only surefire way is to measure the overall van length, and the distance between the centre of the front wheel and centre of the rear wheel. We list these measurements on the produc and category pages of each rack we do.

Roof Height

The height of the roof. A van could be low, medium, high, or extra-high roof. This is sometimes listed as an H code, i.e. H1, H2, H3. Again, measurements can be found on our product and category pages. (These are based on unladen vans).

Type of rear doors

There are two options here, twin rear doors and tailgate.

Twin rear doors are the most common, and are sometimes called barn doors.
A Tailgate is like the boot of a hatchback car, which lifts upwards.

If you’ve checked all of these match up with the rack you are ordering, you’ll get the right rack. If you’re still not sure, best to get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help.

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