These Cooler Rack/Rod Holder things
Posted October 17 2007 - 07:58 AM
I'm intrigued by these spectacular cooler rack/cutting board/storage box/rod rack things so many of you have on the front of your beach vehicles. This just doesn't happen in Australia - a few have something out the back, and I can see that on a lot of vehicles that would be a pain, so I get the logic of having it in front... but... do you have it in there when you leave home, i.e. is it legal to drive the streets like that until you get to the beach?
If not, how do you work it? The cops here would have an apoplectic fit if they saw that much hardware in front of headlights, indicators, number plates and crumple zones... we get seriously fined if we have even a little four-rod rod holder on the front barwork. I like the idea but I don't get how you get away with it. Please enlighten me. Thanks in advance.
Posted October 17 2007 - 11:22 AM
Yes, it's legal. Front number plates, if required - each state can be different, should be viewable by the authorities.
Most don't block headlights like you might imagine. Ever see a truck with a snowplow? Talk about blocking lamps. Know what a snowplow is?
Some racks are removable using front receiver hitches, others are bolted to welded brackets and are a little harder to remove.
At least these are functional - I've seen some brush guard bling on trucks that the owner would never ever think of taking off road when the brush guard would actually be functional.
Posted October 17 2007 - 07:07 PM
Posted October 18 2007 - 06:24 PM
Posted October 18 2007 - 07:47 PM
I put my wetsuit in the cooler, and have another cooler inside with the cold cuts, seltzer, and sugar-free Jello.
My buggy is 100" high, which makes rooftop storage impractical both from access and clearance issues locally, but I suspect "down under" that rooftop boxes are far more common.
I live in NYC, and the only plate on the FRONT of the cooler is my NY license plate!
Posted October 18 2007 - 08:08 PM
When you have a cooler rack on the front of your truck, you always park where nobody can back into you (First car on the block, or head-in toward a wall...etc). Most states take a dim view of something so high that it appears above the hoodline, when viewed from the drivers position. I cannot see my cooler rack. We are also allowed to have a platform behind the vehicle, and commercial units are made to fit into a receiver (tow-hitch) on the rear. If it obscures the rear plate, the plate must be relocated to the shelf. I've seen generators on these, coolers, rod racks, and so on.
Posted October 18 2007 - 08:56 PM
â€œThe bar must not project more than 300 mm forward of the vehicleâ€™s head lamps, except where the construction of the vehicle makes this impracticalâ€ is one.
Posted October 19 2007 - 07:30 AM
I'm sure they know the rules and could custom build an awesome rack.
I don't know who they are, but Mad Max was definately one of their customers.
Posted October 19 2007 - 09:47 PM
Posted October 21 2007 - 02:30 PM
Another ten years and she'll be driving you nuts .
Posted October 21 2007 - 03:31 PM
Another ten years and she'll be driving you nuts