SideJob Cargo Racks
So this is a neat idea. It seems to have some limitations, but overall the thought behind it is solid. The SideJob Cargo Racks are a retro-fit storage system that attach to the side of your van and allow you to carry around additional sheet goods or some lumber. According to the website, the racks can hold up to eight sheets of plywood or 32 2x4s.
The racks (each set is two pieces) hang off your existing ladder racks and rest against the side of your van or truck. It looks like some ratchet straps (that may or may not wrap entirely around your vehicle) do the bulk of the holdin' on."
It's a cool concept and anyone who uses a van for work and is even slightly unorganized probably has hearts pounding out of their eyes right about now. Vans are a quick disaster and one late workday combined with a "I'll organize in the morning" mentality leads to a month of chaos in there. The SideJobs look like an easy way to hop sheetgoods from lumber yard to jobsite. We also like that they're right at body height because the act of getting a sheet of plywood up on to the roof of a van usually makes you look pretty silly and doesn't do your back any favors either.
But before you run to go get your checkbook, there are a bunch of warnings at the SideJob website that are worth considering. No highway travel, no foam products, no doors, and don't attach them to aluminum ladder racks.
They cost $220 a pair and they could save you a lot of time.
If you want more info, check out the website at sidejobracks.com.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at August 27, 2013 9:19 PM
hay tool snob just a follow up to your review of sidejob cargo racks .We just did our first trade show the remodeling show and deck expo in Chicago in October 2013 and we won the most innovative new product award voted by the people at the journal of light construction and deck builder magazines .Everyone who saw our display said that sidejob cargo racks really did solve the problem of transporting sheet goods and lumber . And once they got home and started using the ones they bought some called to tell us that they now were using sidejob cargo racks to carry their siding breaks instead of putting it on top of their ladder racks because of how heavy they are. And another thing we did was we drove from Philadelphia pa to Chicago for the show with a sheet of 1/2" OSB on a set of our cargo racks and a set of Cross Tread ladder racks at speeds from 55 MPH to 80 MPH with out even any vibrations or pulling of the van to one side or another.We have had some of our new customers call tell us how easy using sidejob cargo racks has made picking up material is now other comments we are getting like I LIKE WHAT A GREAT WORK PLACE IT MAKES, THEASE RACKS HAVE SAVED MY BACK ,IM IN AND OUT OF HOMEDEPOT IN NO TIME AT ALL,WEARE BUYING A SET FOR ALL OUR VANS .And we now sell a bag for bad weather that has Velcro on both ends to keep out rain and snow just $36.95 . Sidejob cargo racks are becoming the go to tool when having to pick up building material