Read the instructions! – OK, this might sound like an obvious one, but, if you are like me and flat-pack furniture, the first thing to get thrown from the packaging is the fitting instructions. Each product will come with a full set of fitting instructions as well as ‘packing list’ that lists the entire contents of the kit. Depending on which kit you have ordered, there may well be more than one packing list and set of fitting instructions. Although this may seem a little strange at first, it should start to make sense if you get all the paper work together first and study it. As most of our kits are modular, that is, you can add things to them at different times you will probably find that there will be a set of instructions for the roof bar kit for example and then a separate set of instructions detailing how you fix your roof rack to your roof bars and then another set of instructions for your accessories.

Fit loosely first: - Once you have familiarised yourself with the kit you can crack on with fitting it. The majority of our kits can be fitted easily by one person (which is the beauty of a modular design, rather than a fully welded assembly) although an extra pair of hands is always useful. Also, caution must be taken when reaching your vans roof as most will require the use of a set of steps or similar. Most of the feet that attach the roof bars to the vans roof (we call these ‘sidemembers’) will be sub-assembled in the box so all you would need to do is offer them up to your vans roof. Your van will either have dedicated fixing points on the roof (which may be covered with removable plugs) or in the case of a Ford Transit, will have rain gutters down each side of the roof that the sidemembers will clamp on to. Either way, we would suggest that you attach the sidemember loosely to start off with to get everything lined up, before tightening them fully once the full kit is in place – make sure that all fixings are full secure before driving the vehicle!

On going care: - As with any piece of equipment, it will last longer if you look after it. Although our roof racks need very little care or attention, we would recommend that you check the fixings for security and lubricate any moving parts once a month. Cleaning regularly with warm soapy water will prevent a build up of road film and help improve corrosion resistance.