I was working at a facility that reclaimed hazardous waste containers and after seeing one of the 300 gallon I.B.C. I had an idea for a roof rack. If you are not sure what they are Google it and I posted a pic below of what I started with.
I started off by chopping it in half and than again. I did this because the rails on the one side were not spaced the same as the other. So I placed the two identical halves together.
Now this is where I have paused to get some input from some other people on how to proceed.
Option #1 Fix mount the other end caps or maybe make it so I could pull them off if necessary for hauling something long.
Option #2 Make it so that the front and back fold out. This would give me a kind of cage so that I wouldn't worry when on a long road trip. I could lock up the cage and people could just cut a ratchet strap and walk off with my luggage. Also I would allow to open up to carry bigger items that may not fit in when closed up.
Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated. It is aluminum so I cant weld on it. I just dont have the skill or proper equipment.
Middle rack: 48.5" wide
Option #1 69"
Option #2 Folded up ~48"
Option #2 Folded out ~90"
It started out:
47" wide side with 6 cross bars
39.25" wide side with 4 cross bars