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Post by piggy123 on Sun May 10, 2015 1:01 pm

Good afternoon,

I am looking to buy a 2005 Rienza 4 berth. I just wondered if anyone could shed any light on the rear roof ladder and roof bars. The one I am looking at doesn't have these fitted and other ones do. Did Auto sleepers fit these as standard? Or where they an option.

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Steve


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Post by burlingtonboaby on Sun May 10, 2015 2:00 pm

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Post by roli on Sun May 10, 2015 2:24 pm

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I think the ladder would prevent you from opening the rear window

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Post by piggy123 on Sun May 10, 2015 3:03 pm

Thanks Roger, but this does not seem to be the case when looking at others with the ladders fitted.

This will be the 5th Auto sleeper that will of owned so I am keen to find out as much as I can about it.

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Post by daisy mae on Sun May 10, 2015 5:16 pm

Hello and asof_welcome2 from Leicestershire, sorry cannot help you with the ladder etc.

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Post by TeamRienza on Sun May 10, 2015 6:12 pm

Hi piggy123,

My 2006 Rienza has both ladder and bars, however we are not the original owners so I cannot give a definitive answer, however;

I have not seen pictures of a Rienza without a ladder, although difficult to comment on bars due to hidden nature.

My thoughts are, the ladder is a factory fit as the roof has a moulded strengthening panel at the rear right. I cannot see how to remove the ladder easily from this moulding, (might be worth looking at this to ensure integrity of the roof if one has been removed, and check inside for damp at this location.) The ladder is of little use other than access to clean the roof. In fact I consider it a weak point on my van for ease of access by kids and idiots, some have said that this a favoured breakin point via roof lights, leaving little visible trace of damage. 

My rear window cannot open due to the securing fittings not being adjustable, although the side mounted latches can open! Possibly pointing to original fitting.

The roof bars are light and too flexible to carry much load and the fixings are not inspiring, I think they are intended to stop items placed on the roof from sliding fore and aft. I have mounted my 100 watt solar panel lengthwise on top of the bars allowing for cooling and cleaning the roof more easily. Aerodynamically the panel is fine when travelling. 

My impression is that these are original kit but may allow you to haggle a few quid off the price of the van.

Hope this helps, feel free to ask anything else and if I can help I will, although we will be heading off for a few weeks soon, others may be able to assist.

All the best,

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Post by BobK on Mon May 11, 2015 9:41 am

Agree with all Davy's comments.     Roof bars were an integral part of the vehicle.    The manual states that top boxes and ladders can be fitted but do not fit boxes to the bars.     The rack has been designed to prevent items from moving on the roof area but cannot carry heavy loads.    Solar panel would be okay, I reckon.    Max in the area encompassed by the bars is 75KG

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Post by piggy123 on Mon May 11, 2015 10:11 am

Davy, BobK

Thanks for the reply. Most informative. I am thinking that the ladder has been removed as, like you, I have not seen one without the ladder. I think the best course of action is to leave well alone and walk away.


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Post by BobK on Tue May 12, 2015 9:55 am

The ladder was an optional fitting....the roof bars were standard.     If the ladder has been removed, you would see telltale holes both on the roof strengthening panel on the top rear offside, and possible on the small in-step on the offside of the rear bottom skirt.

Not sure if you mean by "walk away"    .....   forget about a ladder or forget about the van altogether.    Hope it's the former.  smile!

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