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Ford Transit Example Roof Rack Layouts

Ford Transit Example Roof Rack Layouts

Our rack kits are designed to give you ultimate flexibility with the design and layout of your rack kit.  To help reduce the endless configurations, we put together some potential examples that may help you narrow down what you want or need.  As always email us at csr@unakagearco.com and let us know if you have any questions or need help finalizing your rack kit.

We will be adding more example layouts as quickly as we can.  If you don't see what you are looking for, email us at csr@unakagearco.com and we will do what we can to help optimize your roof rack layout.

Before selecting a layout read all of the disclaimers at the bottom of this page. 

Ford Transit, 148" WB, High Roof Layouts

1.1.  200W or 240W Solar and 1 MaxxFan up Front & 1 Rear

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Item

Description / Product Link

Quantity

Van / Size

Ford Transit, 148” WB HR 8020 Rack Kit

1

Cross Bars:  Size

Narrow Cross Bar Option (56.125” Lg), Ordered with Rack Kit

3

Solar Panel Brackets

Flush Mount Solar Panel Brackets - Stainless - Set of 4

1

Solar Panel Bracket Hardware

Hardware Kit for 8020 - Flush Mount Solar Panel Brackets - Stainless Steel

1

Wind Fairing

Ford Transit Wind Fairing, 1 Piece Design

1

Solar Panels:  Brand / Size

Newpowa - 200W Monocrystalline Solar Panel 12V,  55.28x 27.76x 1.38

1

Fan / Location

MaxxFan Deluxe 7500K, as far forward as possible

2

**Note there is plenty of space to use a 240W Newpowa Solar panel instead of the 1 x 200W panel

1.2.  400W Solar, 1 MaxxFan Up Front, 1 Nomadic 3000 in Rear

Notes: 
Fan Clearance:  This layout only leaves ¼” of clearance between the fan and the solar panels which we generally do not recommend.

Solar Panels:  This layout uses 2 versions of the New Newpowa 9BB 100W Solar panels.  The power outputs of these panels are identical, so they can be wired in series or parallel as needed depending on your needs.  The orientation of the Compact 100W panel does not really have an effect on this layout option. 

Flush Mount Brackets:  Note these solar panels are 1.18" tall so they will sit slightly lower than the tops of the cross bars

Fan shown in center

 

 

Fan shown up front

 

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Item Description / Product Link Quantity
Van / Size Ford Transit, 148” WB HR 8020 Rack Kit 1
Cross Bars:  Size Wide Cross Bar Option (59.625” Lg), Ordered with Rack Kit 3
Solar Panel Brackets Flush Mount Solar Panel Brackets - Stainless - Set of 4 4
Solar Panel Bracket Hardware Hardware Kit for 8020 - Flush Mount Solar Panel Brackets - Stainless Steel 4
Wind Fairing Ford Transit Wind Fairing, 1 Piece Design 1
Solar Panels:  Brand / Size Newpowa - 100W Monocrystalline Solar Panel 12V, 38.58 x 20.87 x 1.18 in 2
Solar Panels:  Brand / Size Newpowa - 100W Compact Monocrystalline Solar Panel 12V, 28.54 x 27.76 x 1.18 in 2
Fan / Location MaxxFan Deluxe 7500K, as far forward as possible 1
Air Conditioner Nomadic Cooling 3000 35.5in W x 32in D x 7 in Tall, Rear most location 1

 

1.3.  400W Solar and 1 MaxxFan up Front

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Item

Description / Product Link

Quantity

Van / Size

Ford Transit, 148” WB HR 8020 Rack Kit

1

Cross Bars:  Size

Narrow Cross Bar Option (56.125” Lg), Ordered with Rack Kit

4

Solar Panel Brackets

Flush Mount Solar Panel Brackets - Stainless - Set of 4

2

Solar Panel Bracket Hardware

Hardware Kit for 8020 - Flush Mount Solar Panel Brackets - Stainless Steel

2

Wind Fairing

Ford Transit Wind Fairing, 1 Piece Design

1

Solar Panels:  Brand / Size

Newpowa - 200W Monocrystalline Solar Panel 12V,  55.28x 27.76x 1.38

2

Fan / Location

MaxxFan Deluxe 7500K, as far forward as possible

1

 

 1.4.  400W Solar and 1 MaxxFan in Rear

 

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Item

Description / Product Link

Quantity

Van / Size

Ford Transit, 148” WB HR 8020 Rack Kit

1

Cross Bars:  Size

Narrow Cross Bar Option (56.125” Lg), Ordered with Rack Kit

3

Solar Panel Brackets

Flush Mount Solar Panel Brackets - Stainless - Set of 4

2

Solar Panel Bracket Hardware

Hardware Kit for 8020 - Flush Mount Solar Panel Brackets - Stainless Steel

2

Wind Fairing

Ford Transit Wind Fairing, 1 Piece Design

1

Solar Panels:  Brand / Size

Newpowa - 200W Monocrystalline Solar Panel 12V,  55.28x 27.76x 1.38

2

Fan / Location

MaxxFan Deluxe 7500K, mounted at the rear

1

 

 

1.5.  480W Solar and 1 MaxxFan in Rear

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Item

Description / Product Link

Quantity

Van / Size

Ford Transit, 148” WB HR 8020 Rack Kit

1

Cross Bars:  Size

Narrow Cross Bar Option (56.125” Lg), Ordered with Rack Kit

3

Solar Panel Brackets

Flush Mount Solar Panel Brackets - Stainless - Set of 4

3

Solar Panel Bracket Hardware

Hardware Kit for 8020 - Flush Mount Solar Panel Brackets - Stainless Steel

3

Wind Fairing

Ford Transit Wind Fairing, 1 Piece Design

1

Solar Panels:  Brand / Size

Newpowa - 240W Monocrystalline Solar Panel 12V   

2

Fan / Location

MaxxFan Deluxe 7500K, mounted at the rear

1

*Note 3rd Set of Flush mount solar panel brackets is used to add brackets towards the middle of each solar panel which is not shown in the above image

 

1.6.  400W Solar, 1 MaxxFan Up Front, 1 MaxxFan  at Rear

Notes: 
Fan Clearance:  This layout only leaves ¼” of clearance between the fan and the solar panels which we generally do not recommend.

  **Use table scroll to view full product link and quantities

Item

Description / Product Link

Quantity

Van / Size

Ford Transit, 148” WB HR 8020 Rack Kit

1

Cross Bars:  Size

Wide Cross Bar Option (59.625” Lg), Ordered with Rack Kit

4

Solar Panel Brackets

Flush Mount Solar Panel Brackets - Stainless - Set of 4

4

Solar Panel Bracket Hardware

Hardware Kit for 8020 - Flush Mount Solar Panel Brackets - Stainless Steel

4

Wind Fairing

Ford Transit Wind Fairing, 1 Piece Design

1

Solar Panels:  Brand / Size

Newpowa - 100W Monocrystalline Solar Panel 12V, 38.58 x 20.87 x 1.18 in

2

Fan / Location

MaxxFan Deluxe 7500K, as far forward as possible

2

 

1.7.  600W Solar, 1 MaxxFan Up Front

Notes: 
Fan Clearance:  This layout only leaves ¼” of clearance between the fan and the solar panels which we generally do not recommend.

Solar:  This layout uses 2 x 100W panels by the fan, and 2 x 200W panels in the rear.  In theory, the 2 x 100W can be wired in parallel, then in series with the rear 200W panels.  We have not confirmed the efficiencies or losses of wiring these panels up in this way so we make no guarantees on the performance. 

Item

Description / Product Link

Quantity

Van / Size

Ford Transit, 148” WB HR 8020 Rack Kit

1

Cross Bars:  Size

Wide Cross Bar Option (59.625” Lg), Ordered with Rack Kit

4

Solar Panel Brackets

Flush Mount Solar Panel Brackets - Stainless - Set of 4

4

Solar Panel Bracket Hardware

Hardware Kit for 8020 - Flush Mount Solar Panel Brackets - Stainless Steel

4

Wind Fairing

Ford Transit Wind Fairing, 1 Piece Design

1

Solar Panels:  Brand / Size

Newpowa - 100W Monocrystalline Solar Panel 12V, 38.58 x 20.87 x 1.18 in

2

Solar Panels:  Brand / Size

Newpowa - 200W Monocrystalline Solar Panel 12V55.28 x 27.76 x 1.38

2

Fan / Location

MaxxFan Deluxe 7500K, as far forward as possible

1

 

Ford Transit, 148" WB, High Roof Layouts

Layout examples coming soon.  If you have a specific request email csr@unakagearco.com and we will do our best to get a layout example to you as quickly as possible.

2.1.  400W Solar and 2 x MaxxFan

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Item

Description / Product Link

Quantity

Van / Size

Ford Transit 148" WB Extended Length Roof Rack Kit

1

Cross Bars:  Size

Narrow Cross Bar Option (56.125” Lg), Ordered with Rack Kit

4

Solar Panel Brackets

Flush Mount Solar Panel Brackets - Stainless - Set of 4

2

Solar Panel Bracket Hardware

Hardware Kit for 8020 - Flush Mount Solar Panel Brackets - Stainless Steel

2

Wind Fairing

Ford Transit Wind Fairing, 1 Piece Design

1

Wind Fairing Hardware Kit

Installation Hardware Kit - Ford Transit Wind Fairing

1

Solar Panels:  Brand / Size

Newpowa - 200W Monocrystalline Solar Panel 12V,  55.28x 27.76x 1.38

2

Fan / Location

MaxxFan Deluxe 7500K, as far forward as possible

2

 

2.2.  480W Solar and 2 x MaxxFan

  **Use table scroll to view full product link and quantities

Item

Description / Product Link

Quantity

Van / Size

Ford Transit 148" WB Extended Length Roof Rack Kit

1

Cross Bars:  Size

Narrow Cross Bar Option (56.125” Lg), Ordered with Rack Kit

4

Solar Panel Brackets

Flush Mount Solar Panel Brackets - Stainless - Set of 4

3

Solar Panel Bracket Hardware

Hardware Kit for 8020 - Flush Mount Solar Panel Brackets - Stainless Steel

3

Wind Fairing

Ford Transit Wind Fairing, 1 Piece Design

1

Wind Fairing Hardware Kit

Installation Hardware Kit - Ford Transit Wind Fairing

1

Solar Panels:  Brand / Size

Newpowa – 240W Panels

2

Fan / Location

MaxxFan Deluxe 7500K, as far forward as possible

2

 Note 3rd Set of Flush mount solar panel brackets is used to add brackets towards the middle of each solar panel which is not shown in the above image

 

Disclaimers & Warnings

Installation:  The installation should be performed by qualified persons only.

Layouts:  Some of these layouts have not actually been installed.  Note that in all circumstances, you may be required to tweak, move, or adjust cross bars, brackets, or accessories during the installation if you come across a potential issue.

Flush Mount Solar Panel Bracket Locations

The flush mount brackets or in some cases red squares are shown as approximate locations are for reference only.  The exact locations for those solar panels and your layout may vary based on the mounting holes located on the solar panels.  In some cases locating the flush mount brackets to avoide other objects on the rack may require drilling holes into the frame of your solar panels.  Unaka Gear Co. is not responsible if this voids the warranty of the solar panel or damage is done to the panel by the installer. 

Roof Rack Load Rating:  Unaka Gear Co. encourages all customers to follow the vehicle manufactures guidelines with respect to the load capacity of their van roof.  If the load capacity of the van roof is exceeded, this will void any warranty with respect to the roof rack.

Roof Top Decks:  Unaka Gear Co. does not recommend building any sort of roof deck platform on your van roof.  Vehicle roofs are high above the ground and any sort of fall can result in serious injury or death.

Installation Clearances:  Some of these layouts have minimal clearances between cross bars, solar panels, fans, or AC units which we do not recommend.  We do not guarantee any of these clearance dimensions, as we do not control the tolerances on the van, the AC or fans, or the installation location of those items.  In some cases that may be the only option for your layout but it is up to you to decide if that clearance is enough for your installation and needs or if you want to go for it.  In some cases, these minimal clearances will require you to remove the solar panels to access your AC unit, or fan for maintenance.   

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