Wondering if you have taken the rig up to highway speed with these racks and a couple of surf poles hanging on them? The windage and noise might be an issue? MPG's will probably go down IMO. [have owned vans for years with surfboards, ladders, etc. all over]
Did you try to use single pole mounts in various locations on the side of the body, similar what folks use on roofs? I imagine nothing great was available. Do you lock your poles to the rack? They are at an attractive height for curious hands to "borrow" them.
That first image is hard to read . . . at the top of the van, the reflections of your carport ceiling/roof look like an awning on the van! Here it is rotated.
Hard to tell, given the very clean
reflection of trees on the side of the van, how much is glass/metal FWIW. Maybe no good locations for pole-holders there?
Thanks for an interesting solution.
PS -- Looks like the tops of the racks will increase your total vertical height, and be very exposed "tree-limb-catchers?"
I guess the van is already too tall to go through most drive-ins? What is your total overall height now? For our new Ford Transit van, we intentionally opted for the low roof model, as the medium and high roofs seemed too high. You are of course in a different elevation of the stratosphere!