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Old 12-17-2020, 02:16 PM #1
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Looking for tips on how to "strap" a jerry can to this roof rack

Hi guys, got a question. I'm looking at jerry can type gas container. I have the following bargain roof rack below. I figure I don't want to spend thousands for a Baja if I'm just 99% driving around without it. So I got one like below and will use it when I go somewhere and remove when not using it. I see things that hold a jerry can to these but upright. I'm thinking of more ummm, "bargain" way of putting it on the rack laying down. I like the idea of the jerry cans cause it's size and cheaper than rotopax. I'm not as rich as you guys! hahaha. I'm sure there are some smaller rachet straps I can use but the ones I see at Lowes/HomeD are long!

I'm sure there is a way, I've watched NatGeo since I was a kid and seen these things slinged on top of a Land Rover. I'm sure they just used rope, and twin, and giraffe intestines or something.

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Old 12-27-2020, 12:27 AM #2
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Just build a plywood base 4 inches larger on each side than the Jerry can, screw in pieces of 1x4 around the can, put in a couple of metal rings on the plywood to hook ratchet strap to and then attach the plywood base to the roof rack using screws through the plywood and into the 1x4 and big heavy fender washers under the screw heads to catch the roof rack.
Get a long ratchet strap and cut it to whatever length you want, melt the end with a lighter so it doesn't come apart.
Remember to cut a notch at the corners of the 1x4's to let rain water drain out. Cover with a rubber or siliconized roof coating for ultimate protection and longevity.
Depends on what you have laying around, I've got all that kicking around from work so it wouldn't cost a dime.
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