There are many accessories available for your car and one of them ladder racks. There are different brands of ladder racks that are available in the market. Each model of ladder rack often has subtle differences. People want ladder racks for different reasons and you should make sure that they will fit your needs. There are different types of ladder racks, but you can easily notice that there are two distinct categories, heavy duty and lightweight. If the ladder rack is lightweight enough, you should be able to perform on the spot and quick setup. If you want that the rack can bear the biggest possible load, you should consider heavy duty construction. You should know that lightweight construction is usually not strong enough. So, it is important to know the actual load capacity of your lightweight ladder racks. You should know how to proper use the ladder rack. It is also a good thing if the ladder rack can be dismantled and re-installed easily, regardless of its construction. You should know how to properly set up these ladder racks. You often need to frequently take down the rack, especially when you use the car for daily commuting purpose and then long-distance weekend excursions.
In many cases, you don’t really need to take the rack down, especially if you want to use the car for off-road and long-distance purposes. In this case, you should make sure that the weight of the ladder rack won’t have an effect to the overall performance of the car. If the load is too significant, the ladder rack will start to disintegrate after repeated use. Because ladder racks will be exposed to the element, they will also need to be resistant to corrosion. This is especially true if you often go to coastal areas. There should be anti-rust coating that can prevent your ladder from being discoloured after awhile. The development of rust can be rather sneaky at times and it may happen when you least expect it. This could happen to ladder racks that are used only for a relatively short period of time. If the rack doesn’t have enough protection, rust will develop too soon. When rust develops significantly, the structural integrity of the rack can be easily affected. It won’t have the capability to bear significant level of load and it may be quite dangerous.
Ladder racks are usually considered as permanently installed when they are bolted down. If you consider choosing non permanent ladder rack, you should make sure that it’s still secure. You should make sure that you use the proper methods of installation. Even so, permanent installation can be guaranteed to be much more secure with much better reliability and load bearing capacity. You may need to drill the chassis of your car, so your car will become permanently scarred, if the rack is removed. Because the surface of the car has been drilled, the bare metal surface will be exposed. So, it is important that anti-rust solutions should be applied properly to prevent rust from developing. When racks are not permanent, they can be folded down, so it will take much less time for storage purposes.