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After recent car troubles, I'm ending up getting the transit connect small van (if it makes a difference, >2014 current model). My old roof bars won't fit, so i could just get new ones, but being a van there is now the option of an actual full roof rack.

I've only ever had bars before and they had some limitations, in fact I would say they were occasionally unsafe with boards that were not strong enough to cope with limited support and tie-down points in the wind. So I'm very tempted to get a proper rack of some kind. But the van is a L2/LWB length, so perhaps (with its longer roof) bars could support more of a board than my car could.

Just wondering what people think on the choice. The van will hopefully last me for going on a decade so I'm tempted to do it well and do it once with a rack of some kind, but if (on a longer roof) bars are more than good enough for boards (and ladders) then is there anything to gain?

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Roof bars.
Not seen a rack for yours but they are often more like a "cradle" so stuff has to sit inside it, or sit on the edge.

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I have a full rack on my 2006 connect. Wouldn't go back to bars now

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I have a full rack on my 2006 connect. Wouldn't go back to bars now

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I had a full rack on my Berlingo and had only previously had bars on other vans, I found the full rack much more usable.

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Thanks everyone. I thought the rack seemed the way to go, so thats useful. The van is reasonably high compared to a car, so I would have wanted a rear roller anyway; by the time one is added to bars then the price difference is somewhat less.

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