Knaack LLC: Commercial Van, Minivan Ladder Racks
Improvements to the design of the roof-mounted ladder rack equipment used on commercial vans and minivans have been made. The design modifications pertain to the Weather Guard® Quick Clamp ladder rack and the Nissan NV ladder rack units. The new design features enhance the unit’s durability while making it safer and easier for one person to load, transport, and unload ladders, as well as other oversized items carried on the roof racks, the company says. Improvements to the Quick Clamp ladder rack include modifications to the mounting plates and the front rails to protect ladders when loading and unloading; beefing-up the clamp mechanism for added strength and longer life; and improved engineering of the gas springs with a tougher exterior case to withstand wear, and internal brass bushings that prevent strip-out. The improved models are now available for both full-size vans and minivans. The design modifications to the Nissan NV ladder rack pertain to the EZ-Glide® system in order to improve weight distribution that meets current Nissan requirements. The EZ-Glide system allows for one-person loading and unloading of ladders with the use of an ergonomic drive arm. A hydraulic cylinder provides a smooth, quiet descent and a zero-impact drop that reduces noise and equipment wear. The improved models are now available for both standard height vans and high-roof vans.