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The key to a good camper van is function and storage (well, some of us like the comfort, aesthetics, and convenience but that’s another story). How cool is it when you get both in one product? Bring your kayak, mount your rocket box, attach your bike rack or ski rack – pretty much whatever you can think of, the Rooftop Deck can handle it.   Created in Fort Collins, Colorado, the Van Cafe Rooftop Deck is the product of years of manufacturing expertise. Here at Van Cafe, we are innovators, thinkers, creators, doers and most importantly, users! We love the outdoors and the idea of sharing experiences and memories with our families, friends, and our customers. The Rooftop Deck was born out of a gap in the market for a truly versatile and modular roof rack. A system that stems from the essence of “build it my way” and add on as you go that services many van platforms such as the Ram Promaster, Ford Transit, Mercedes Sprinter…and we are working on finalizing the Volkswagen Vanagon product line. So, what makes the Rooftop Deck so different?  Please note: we will be shipping about one week out from order date. 

Packaging & Shipping
How do you get a 13ft long 6ft wide roof rack across the country without damage? 

  • Our roof rack is modular. What does that mean? It means it comes in pieces and for those old enough to remember, think erector set. It ships in a few standard size boxes.   
  • We offer $175 flat rate shipping in the lower 48 states and our warehouse is stocked since the components don’t take much room. The pandemic has presented a supply chain challenge, but we still believe we will have the shortest lead times – our goal is to always have product in stock and ready to go. 

All Aluminum Construction
Really, other than fasteners, it is all aluminum.

  • The Rooftop Deck only weighs160lbs – and that’s fully loaded – so light! Your modular system may weigh less depending on the components that you add. 
  • Aluminum is durable, weather and corrosion resistant, and infinitely recyclable. It will not weaken when exposed to the sun and does not rot or rust after becoming wet. It’s the perfect metal for your rack. 
  • We send detailed instructions and have installation videos which makes for a smooth installation of the no-drill Rooftop Deck! 

Details on the
Base Perimeter Rack

Details on the

Details on the
Filler Panel

Details on the
Deck Boards

Build Your Modular Rack

Deck Boards

We saw a need to have smaller, lightweight boards to continue the theme of versatility. These Deck Boards don’t have the structural integrity of the planks as they are designed for add-on decking to cover smaller gaps created by roof vents and other elements on your roof. It’s a great component to using this system how you want. They also have grid holes tomount components and accessories.

You may also use up to 14 Deck Boards to complete your Rooftop Deck. 

In the top picture, the deck boards are shown 3 across, on a full Rooftop Deck with a top filler panel and planks underneath.

Are you looking to order just deck boards for your existing rack? Purchase here. 

Filler Panel

The Filler Panel is designed and created as the front and
rear panel of the rack. They fill the gap right behind the front and rear crossbars and offers mounts for lights, tie-downs and accessories. You can put a Filler Panel on the front, rear, or both areas of the Base Perimeter Rack.

In the top horizontal picture, the filler panel is shown on the base perimeter rack with planks and deck boards. On the bottom left, it is shown at the corner, with the corner brackets and shown on the top of the image on the right. 

Are you looking to order just Filler Panel for your existing roof rack? Purchase for Promaster & Tranist vans or for Sprinter vans.


The planks are also aluminum and weigh only a few pounds apiece. They run perpendicular to your vehicle (driver to passenger side) and provide the cross support and decking surface all in one.

The Planks are 8″ wide and can be placed anywhere along your deck to accommodate roof vents, solar panels, or air conditioners. They have a grid of holes and mounting points that have been laser cut for versatility in mounting options
(they are also bent and formed in a CNC press brake).  

In the top horizontal picture, the base perimeter rack and planks are shown with the filler panels on both the front and rear of the rack. 

Are you looking to purchase planks for use with your existing roof rack? Purchase for Sprinter vans or Promaster & Transit vans. 

Base Perimeter Rack

The Van Cafe Base Perimeter Rack is made of lightweight 8020 aluminum. 

  • Works around solar panels, vents and other elements that may be on the roof of your van. 
  • Great for mounting awnings, side ladders and more. 
  • The Perimeter is extruded – which has 4 slots around the inch and a half square tube that allows complete versatility and provides a strong base. 
  • Comes with aluminum corner kits which have inner and outer support and secures the rack together. The corner kits are tig welded. 
  • Also comes with riser kits that mounts to each model van specifically through the factory mounting points.