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Old August 9th, 2006, 06:21 PM
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Roof Rack flooring

I have searched but have had no luck. What are you guys using as a roof rack floor? I have used 3/4 inch plywood, but found it to be too heavy. I was going to use expanded metal, but it may be too weak around the edges of the Brownchurch roof rack. Any ideas? i am looking for something lightweight, strong, and hopefully easy to attain.
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Old August 9th, 2006, 08:57 PM
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Ahhh...that's exactly what I was looking for.
Thanks Chris.
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roof rack flooring

horse panels are 5' X 16' galvanized panels for horse fencing and they worked well on my D110. The openings are 2" X 4" and are sometimes called "2X4 no-climb". I clamped them to the rack with hose clamps.
The whole panel was $70 from a local feed & seed/farm store. Cut them with bolt cutters or, better yet, use an air driven cutoff wheel. Aluminum extruded panel was quoted at $670. It holds up well to ratchet straps and bungees.
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go to discoweb.org and search for the thread on "chicken coop floor" - it starts on page three of the "roof rack flooring" thread - some of our club members have tried this stuff and it is really nice - cheap, light weight, cheap, looks good, cheap, cuts down wind noise, cheap, easy to install with zip ties, cheap, weatherproof, and did I mention its cheap.

Plus it seems to have some sort of social stigma attached to it that drives some of the other Rover owners nuts (probably because they didn't find it first).
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Old August 9th, 2006, 09:32 PM
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Reminds me of my original floor made of pig nursery flooring !
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Old August 9th, 2006, 10:17 PM
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Chicken coup sucks. It's a cheap, inadequate solution. I bought the stuff and it now is what I stand on by my workbench.

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Old August 9th, 2006, 10:51 PM
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I swapped emails with a guy who is using the poutry flooring and he swears by it. He pointed me toward

http://www.farmtek.com/webapp/wcs/st...7C17104&isDoc=

At the price, I will be giving it a try as it seems very reasonable.

Photos of his flooring can be found here http://www.disconomad.com/DiscoNomad...%20Photos.html
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I bet I've been in 2,000 chicken houses and never seen that flooring...
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Old August 10th, 2006, 04:01 PM
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That chicken flooring looks perfect. Lightweight and strong. Sold!

...or should I wait for a second guinea pig to try it first?

To keep rattling down I would run a bead of silicone along each rail.
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That stuff from farmtec looks perfect. Thanks.
Are you going to get overlapping, or non-overlapping?
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Old August 10th, 2006, 11:11 PM
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Here are the details I got from the disco owner whose flooring was pictured.

Me:
1. What did you use to secure the flooring to the rack?
2. Did you use the overlapping or non-overlapping flooring?
3. What kind of heat/direct sunlight is it exposed to and have you noticed any warpage?
4. How long have you had the flooring installed?
5. How durable does it appear to be?
6. What kind of weight can it support?

Him:
1. Industrial Strength Plastic w/ metal core Tie Straps
2. I used the non-overlapping flooring.
3. No Warpage and I live in Texas
4. Just about 8 months now
5. It is very very durable...i use it a lot.
6. As much as the rack can support...three people can stand up there without any issue.

Hope this helps.
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Well I have had the chicken floor installed for a little while and I thought I would post some pics. I went with the non overlapping style of the flooring from FarmTek. As you can see by the photos it is kind of an interlocking tongue and groove type of setup. I had to order 4 as you may see in one of the photos, I had to use a small strip to have 100% coverage. I debated on cutting down 2 larger sections (2 full and 2 fractional) and decided in favor of 3 full and one fractional, for no other reason than it was less work. I fastened the flooring to the stock rack using around 30 zip ties rated at 175lbs each. The flooring does flex slightly if I stand with all weight in the center section of the factory basket between the crossbars. I am close to 200lbs and I would say that the flex is maybe 3/4 inch. The flooring does provide considerable stability and versatility. I will be interested to see how well the zip ties hold up over time, but at only a few bucks, I can afford to keep some extras on hand.

Project cost were approximately:
4 2x4 sections of poultry flooring + shipping $70
3 10 pack of zip ties $12
Project total $82
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Platform.......

Are you looking for something you can drive with installed, or just to put onto the rack when the vehicle is parked?

I made a roof rack floor that has held up great for years. I used 3 pieces of 2x4x3/4" plywood. They will fit in the back of your truck with the rear bench seat folded up. I put edge protectors on them, cheep vinyl tile, and rubber backing strips (which really holds the rack in place - when the vehicle is stationary, and stops the rack from getting all scratched up). You can slide one piece at a time up onto the roof rack - and then have a 4'x6' platform. Very inexpensive, very solid roof rack.......

It is awesome. My wife and I have had tons of picnics up there......I have used it as a staging point for getting up to my roof, I have used it for triming trees, drive in movie theaters, etc. It is rock solid when you are standing up there, and there is no sliding of the wood at all because of the rubber backing.

Of course this is not attached to the platform, so driving with it on the road is out.........

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Flagg- What a great pic! Looks you and your SO are enjoying each other!

On the subject of flooring, I would STAY AWAY from Rhino Pro! But Yousef says he has me covered with some Camel Trophy flooring. Time will tell!
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Flagg- What a great pic! Looks you and your SO are enjoying each other!

On the subject of flooring, I would STAY AWAY from Rhino Pro! But Yousef says he has me covered with some Camel Trophy flooring. Time will tell!
Yeah you might want to go with the chicken flooring.
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Has anyone used that chicken flooring in the bed of there 90? My Rover rubber mat is DOA and I am trying to find a tough decent looking replacement.
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For what it's worth, I finally saw the flooring in person at the International Poultry Expo in Atlanta this year (http://www.internationalpoultryexposition.com/) and talked to them at length about it. I like the product and I think it'd work great. They have a bunch of different designs; overlapping, different grid patterns, etc; and can probably custom some stuff up for you if you wanted.

Name: Tom Christie
site: www.aficanada.com
Phone: 403-203-7000

It seems like you can call and tell them you want to test it and get a sample real cheap. You might check the hog flooring as well. It's a lot stronger.
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Has anyone used that chicken flooring in the bed of there 90? My Rover rubber mat is DOA and I am trying to find a tough decent looking replacement.
Go to the a Farm and Ranch Supply store. (There must be at least 2 in Laramie) and look at Horse Trailer mats just cut to fit with a ulility knife.

I have a gray industrial entry mat from Home Depot. Its rubber in one side and carpet on the other Its the perfect width. I cut a little off the length. Best part it was under $20 and looks great.

Mike

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99 Disco 2 - Silver ARB' bumper, winch, Sliders, 265-75's, Hella Light Covers with a Wooly Mamoth Design.

My sister is driving it now.
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