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High Van Racking for ToughSystem (08241) has been discontinued per the DeWalt website. 

 

I was told by DeWalt customer service that it is heavily backordered and that’s why it is showing as “discontinued”. No telling on if it is actually discontinued. Bracket arms (08246) were never available anyways. 

 

So what are our options going forward? DeWalt told me the workshop racking isnt for vehicles as it will struggle with flexing of vehicle frame. The workshop bracket arms arent as stiff and will struggle in a constantly moving environment. 

 

FWIW Im looking to install it in a aluminum framed box trailer. 

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19 hours ago, TradeCraft said:

Roll your own using ToughSystem DS Carrier Brackets and 1" square tubing.

 

DeWalt told me the regular brackets would be an issue in a vehicle setting. Too flexible. The van brackets are stiffer. 

 

The carrier brackets are the same as the shop brackets to my knowledge. 

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On 5/27/2021 at 5:54 PM, R1FF said:

 

DeWalt told me the regular brackets would be an issue in a vehicle setting. Too flexible. The van brackets are stiffer. 

 

The carrier brackets are the same as the shop brackets to my knowledge. 

Carrier brackets are much heavier duty than the shop brackets. I have lots of both. Carrier are made for mobile usage and also fold away. Shop brackets are for static shelving and do not fold away.

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On 6/1/2021 at 6:29 PM, TradeCraft said:

Carrier brackets are much heavier duty than the shop brackets. I have lots of both. Carrier are made for mobile usage and also fold away. Shop brackets are for static shelving and do not fold away.

 

Interesting. I have the cart (ds carrier - 08210) and the brackets that came with it fold. Does that mean they are the same van brackets?

 

in that case I can just order another DS Carrier and build a mount/support system that holds the cart in place in the trailer. And since it’s using the heavier duty carrier brackets I can trust the strength. 

 

I now understand that i misunderstood your original reply to my conundrum. I get why you suggested that i get 1” steel square tubing. 

 

You got a link to the carrier brackets? I’ll gladly buy more. 

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39 minutes ago, Jronman said:

the van brackets are different if I remember right.

 

I believe you are correct. 

 

DS Carrier brackets (08212) are compatible with the shop racking. But not the van racking. 

 

The van racking brackets (08246) have a wider clamping surface. Thus it’s safe to assume they’re better suited for the vibrations of being in a vehicle. 

 

The shop brackets are not sold separately to my knowledge. It seems the DS Carrier brackets are the option for those looking to add brackets to their setup (be it shop or carrier). 

 

Do I think the carrier brackets are any stronger than the shop brackets? I dont. The question is, is the van system stronger because of the braces or the brackets, or both? Im assuming both. 

 

I think a fortified custom 1” tubing system can be fabricated. And using the carrier brackets would work. But I dont think it would be as heavy duty as the van system. 

 

There’s a huge waiting list for the van system. And DeWalt has officially discontinued  the product so everyone’s orders are being cancelled. Really lame & perplexing by DeWalt. 

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I may be wrong. 

 

Shop racking total limit is 440 lbs. 

 

Carrier Brackets can handle 44lbs. 

 

Van Brackets can handle 44lbs as well. 

 

Seems the extra strength is solely in the wall brace system. But it cant be much. The low van’s entire system limit is 150 lbs. It comes with 3 brackets. 

 

Im starting to think the strength of the van system is just in the reinforcements of the bracing. Which can be easily customized. 

 

So if there is no real difference in the bracket arms strength, I think I know the solution going forward. 

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9 hours ago, R1FF said:

 

I believe you are correct. 

 

DS Carrier brackets (08212) are compatible with the shop racking. But not the van racking. 

I don't think the carrier brackets are compatible with the shop racking but I could be wrong. I suppose I could test it out.

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WorkShop bracket vs DS Carrier bracket. Both are interchangeable on 1" square tubing with pin holes.

 

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WorkShop bracket is 100% nylon plastic with a very small nipple for height registration. It's largely a friction fit that keeps it from sliding down the tube. DS brackets have metal hinge pins, a full size registration pin and heavy duty hardware with nylock lock nut.

 

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On 6/14/2021 at 11:29 AM, Ady said:

I have the carrier brackets in my van with 1” square tubing for about 4 years now. Never had any broken brackets or boxing. 

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You sir, are the man. 

 

Badass setup. 

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I got another question for y’all...

 

In the short term, Im gonna use my DS Carrier in my trailer. Until i custom build a racking system. 

 

Im having some trouble securing the tool boxes in the Carrier. It’s designed to keep each box independent when using the bracket arms. But what if I want to bypass the bracket arms?

 

The carrier has the plate on the bottom, the bracket arms, and the rear latch for securing the tough boxes. As well as the toughsystem stacking latches. 

 

Im trying to stack a lot, and secure it best by using the carrier rear latch & stacking latches. 

 

If I put the cooler (ds404) on the bottom, I can use the arms AND rear latch AND stacking latches. 

 

If I put the XL case (ds400) on top of the cooler, everything lines up. I can use the rear latch & stacking latches. 

 

But if I add the totes (ds280) they dont reach the rear latch when stacked. The cooler & XL are clearly bigger and push out further. (Yet somehow the bracket arms & rear latches work when the boxes are used independently - not stack latched). 

 

So I ditched the XL & Cooler. 

 

Trying to stack the following (in this order)...

 

- tote (ds280) on top

- tote (ds280)

- suitcase toolbox (ds150)

- 2-drawer (ds290) on bottom

 

And here is where it gets fun again... with the ds290 on bottom, using arm brackets & rear latch, I cant get ANY of the above units to both stack latch & rear latch. They arent reaching the rear latch. Yet the depth dimensions all appear identical. 

 

Maybe Im totally blind and not seeing it. But can anyone help me with why this issue is happening?

 

I dont even think the 2-drawer allows the rear latch when stack layched on top of the cooler or XL. It’s almost like there are 3 different sizes. 

 

What am I overlooking here?!?

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On 6/15/2021 at 1:24 AM, TradeCraft said:

WorkShop bracket vs DS Carrier bracket. Both are interchangeable on 1" square tubing with pin holes.

 

IMG_5416.thumb.jpeg.9af6bb5d866998f1b0ff7b90b57c8f58.jpeg

 

 

WorkShop bracket is 100% nylon plastic with a very small nipple for height registration. It's largely a friction fit that keeps it from sliding down the tube. DS brackets have metal hinge pins, a full size registration pin and heavy duty hardware with nylock lock nut.

 

IMG_5417.thumb.jpeg.bd57367c5663fd12d37a4edd42729f70.jpeg

 

Seems that maybe the brackets play a role in the difference in strength between the van & shop racking?

 

What if I installed a shop racking system into my trailer, and used the DS brackets?

 

Would that be a strong enough setup?

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7 hours ago, R1FF said:

 

Seems that maybe the brackets play a role in the difference in strength between the van & shop racking?

 

What if I installed a shop racking system into my trailer, and used the DS brackets?

 

Would that be a strong enough setup?

 

Shop rack tubing is fine for a static load in a garage. But in a mobile situation the tube walls are thin, short and are splined together with plastic joints. The mounting brackets are for lag bolting to wood studs.  I recommend buying 1" full length tubing to roll your own. 

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9 hours ago, TradeCraft said:

 

Shop rack tubing is fine for a static load in a garage. But in a mobile situation the tube walls are thin, short and are splined together with plastic joints. The mounting brackets are for lag bolting to wood studs.  I recommend buying 1" full length tubing to roll your own. 

 

Good points. The multi joint of the shop racking is definitely a weak point that i was planning on having to reinforce. But if the tubing itself is thin, that leaves me more concerned. Maybe I could get my own heavier-duty 1” tubing, but still use rest of the DeWalt shop hardware to mount it all up. 

 

Im also quite concerned that the walls of the trailer are going to be strong enough. 

 

Im planning on installing this up against the forward facing wall of the trailer. Not along the sides. As to eliminate lateral stress on the system when stopping the vehicle/trailer. But if Im being honest, Im not overly confident in the guage of aluminum used in this trailer frame. It’s a cargo mate by forest river. I can only assume they went as cheap as possible. Im gonna contact them to see the thickness. 

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