Knaack announced improvements to the design of its roof-mounted ladder rack equipment used on commercial vans and minivans that enhance 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 design modifications pertain to the Weather Guard Quick Clamp Ladder Rack and the Nissan NV Ladder Rack units.
Improvements to the Quick Clamp Ladder Rack include modifications to the mounting plates and the front rails to help 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 improve wear resistance and internal brass bushings that help prevent strip-out. The improved models now are 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 improved models now are available for both standard height vans and high-roof vans.