Thule TracRac SR Sliding Truck Bed Ladder Rack with Cantilever Review

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Review of the TThule TracRac SR Sliding Truck Bed Ladder Rack with Cantilever


Speaker 1: Today we'll be taking a look at the TracRac SR Sliding Truck Bed Ladder Rack with over-the-cab extension. This adjustable ladder rack system, with over the cab extension, allows you to carry extra long loads on your truck. It's perfect for ladders, lumber, PVC pipe, or any extra long loads that you may need to carry.The ladder rack sits on an easy-to-install base rail, which is configured to work with many different trucks. Your base rails simply fit in your vehicle's stake pockets, and no drilling is required. Your ladder rack is adjustable by simply loosening the black knob and sliding it up and down your base rails. Also, we have our cross bars, measure 69 1/2" long, while the height of our ladder rack is 25 3/8".

Our Cantilever extends 32" over our cab. The whole system has a 1250 lb weight capacity. Our adjustable load tops allow us to carry loads of various sizes. Simply undo the black knob and slide the stop down the track, and tighten it back down. They also include a tie-down loop for securing your cargo.

The legs of your rack also feature tie-down cleats, which will allow you to secure additional cargo. The elliptical shape of our crossbars helps with aerodynamics to reduce drag and wind noise. The whole ladder rack system is made out of a light-weight aluminum construction, so it's durable and corrosion resistant.Now that we've shown you some features, we are gonna go ahead and begin our install. First thing we need to do is remove our stake pocket caps. To do that, we'll just take a flathead screwdriver and lift up on the cap and pull out.

We can go ahead and repeat this for our other three stake pockets. Now, to go ahead and get our base rails installed, a shim, which you may or may not need for your vehicle, a rubber block, a bolt, pocket nut, and a washer. Now, we'll go ahead and set our base rail in place. Now, this is vehicle specific, so you do want to check your owner's manual for the right layout of your vehicle. Now, to get it attached, we'll grab our hardware.

First is the bolt and the washer. We'll go ahead and turn the base rail. We'll feed it through the top pole. Then, we'll take our shim, we wanna make sure the thicker side is facing away from the bed. Next will be our rubber block, and finally, our nut. Now, we can repeat this for the other side of the rail. For this vehicle, we'll be using the last hole on the tailgate side. Now to make sure that our blocks are in the horizontal position and to get an extra set of hands to set this in place.With one rail in place, we'll go ahead and repeat that process on this side. Now, with both rails loosely in place, we'll go ahead and take a measurement of the front and the back to make sure that they are even. We've got about 62 1/2 and 62 1/2. Now to check the plane of our base rails. You can use something flat, like a 2 x 4, or we have a crossbar here. We'll set it down in the back. As you can see, our crossbar is not touching. That's where we'll use our shim. Now, we'll go ahead and push it through, helping to even it up. Now we'll go ahead and do the same on this side. Now we can go ahead and tighten the rear down. We use our included tool in conjunction with our 5/16 socket wrench. What this is doing is pushing our rubber block out, so that it wedges into our stake pockets. Now we'll do the same thing on this side.We'll check the planer at the front. Now I found that I need to use a flat blade screwdriver to help push the shim. Now we'll tighten down the front. The same thing on the other side. Now they came with plugs for the holes we didn't use, so we'll go ahead and put those in place now. We'll repeat the same steps for our other holes.Now we've gone ahead and confirmed our measurements, we're going to go ahead and torque it down as specified in the instructions. Now we'll repeat this on the other three sides. With everything torqued down, we're going to go ahead and put on our remaining caps. Last thing to do is put on our safety bolts and tighten them down; this tool is not included. We'll do the same thing on the other three sides.Now we're ready for our ladder rack. We're going to be placing our ladder rack on the outer rail, so we need to remove the outer rear safety bolts. Now we'll go ahead and place our first half of the ladder rack on our rails. Now you may want to get an extra set of hands for some help. Since our ladder rack is loosely assembled, we can adjust it to fit the rails. With our first one installed, we'll go ahead and grab our second half and sit it on the vehicle. Now we can replace our safety bolts. Now you may want to consider putting your back half of your rack on the inner rail, which will give you maximum adjustability for your ladder rack.Now, with our bars loosely installed, we can go ahead and adjust them to get even bar overhang. We've got about 3 1/2 inches on this side, so we wanna make sure the other side is the same. We've got about 3 1/2 on this side as well. We'll do the same thing that we did with our front to our rear bars. Now we can go ahead and tighten down our bolts. Now we'll repeat this on the other three sides.Now we'll go ahead and torque all of our bolts, as per the instructions. Now we can go ahead and tighten down our knobs, once we get our ladder rack in place. Now let's secure it so we can go ahead and load up our gear. With our ladder rack in place, we can go ahead and install our Cantilever extension. So, if we we're just using our ladder rack, we would use these braces here, which are the normal braces. But instead, we're going to use the Cantilever brace.So, the first thing you'll need to do, is switch out our regular brace for our included Cantilever brace. Now, I've gone ahead and removed our crossbar, there are two bolts in here that we'll have to remove to replace our brace. Now, we can do the same thing on the other side. So, now we'll take our Cantilever brace, we'll take the longer end and put it in towards the bed. We'll take our new bolts and tighten it down. Now we'll go ahead and torque it down, as specified in your instructions. Now we'll put our crossbar back in place and tighten it down. Now with our crossbar back in place, we'll go ahead and set our Cantilever arms, and just place them over the bracket so the holes line up. Now, we'll go ahead and take our included hardware and tighten these down. Now, we'll do the same thing on the other side. Now, we'll torque down our bolts.Now, we'll go ahead and set up our Cantilever bar. We take one of the T-bolts on top, slide that through. In the bottom, we'll get one T-bolt and one regular bolt. With that done on both sides, we'll go ahead and get and extra set of hands to load up our bar. Now, we'll take our T-bolt with the nut and the washer and slide it into place. Then we'll tighten it down. Now, we just wanna loosely tighten it down, so we can check for even bar overhang. Now, we'll do the same thing on the other side. We've got about 3 1/4 on this side. Let's go ahead and make sure the other side matches. We've only got about 2 inches on this side, so let's go ahead and even it out. Now, with the even bar overhang, we'll go ahead and tighten these down.Now, we'll go ahead and take our corner brace and set it into place on here. We'll put a lock nut to hold our brace and we'll take our other bolt and set it in place, and screw down the lock nut. Now, we'll do the same thing on the other side. Now, we'll torque all these down to specification. Now, with our Cantilever extension in place, we're ready to load up the ladder.First thing we need to do are make sure our load stops are out of the way, so we'll loosen those up and slide them all the way out. Now, we can go ahead and grab our ladder and get it into place. We'll have somebody help me with this. Now, we'll adjust our load stops to fit our ladder. Last thing we'll do, is strap down our cargo. Now we do have a lot of straps available here at e-tralier.com, so just pick a pair out. With our load secure, we're ready to hit the road.That will complete today's look at the TracRac SR Sliding Truck Bed Ladder Rack with over-the-cab extension.


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