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A Rack Worth a Top Spot on Your Team


The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van embraces the motto of having “large van capabilities in a midsize van.” As consumers remain increasingly concerned with performance, safety, and the costs incurred when driving and working out of a van every day, the Metris offers the space and performance of a larger vehicle while using the fuel economy and price point of a midsize van. To fall in suit with the benefit-driven consumer, Topper Manufacturing designed an all-steel safari type rack for the new Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van that is durable and cost-efficient.


Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van’s MSRP starts around $25,995, giving a cost-competitive start. When a consumer’s office is their vehicle, the day-to-day available space inside the van such as cargo volume and overall size become very important. The Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van is a midsize van with measurements of 202 inches in length by 76 inches in width and 75 inches tall. It has a reasonable cargo volume of 183 cu ft. Contractors and carpenters who drive to and from worksites and varied appointment locations must also consider a vehicle’s gas mileage. The Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van gets 21 city mpg and 24 highway mpg. The vehicle rates high when compared to competition.

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Topper Manufacturing racks are heavy-duty, and the cargo carriers are known to outlast the vehicle where they are mounted. This is because Topper Racks are an all-steel construction and hot-dip galvanized after fabrication. Galvanizing is the process of applying a protective zinc coating to steel or iron to create a rust- and abrasive-resistant finish. Galvanizing the steel racks has many benefits, but the most significant is the lower maintenance required and little to no repair costs associated with the life of the rack. With the racks’ cost effective price point and durable strength, upfitting the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van with a Topper Rack could prove ideal for your application.

The Topper Manufacturing van rack designed for the Mercedes Metris Cargo Van comes with 10-ft trademarked zigzag side rails and 58-inch round crossbars. The rack is fastened to the roof of the van using supports, hardware, and mounting channels. The channels are mounted using the van’s equipped factory mounting position. Installation of the rack requires no drilling into the vehicle. All Topper racks are designed so that the end user uses the maximum amount of roof space available.


One concern of commercial van users that operate out of their vans every day is the ability to fit into a residential garage space at night. The Topper Rack adds only an approximate 9 inches to overall height of the vehicle, clearing most residential garage door heights. When adding a Topper Rack to the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van, it raises its overall height of approximately 84 inches high.

For the benefit-driven consumer, upfitting a 2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van with a Topper Manufacturing Rack would deliver benefit upon benefit. The end result is a rack that endures past the length of the vehicle’s life on the road. That, and all the while investing in a vehicle that offers considerable size with cost efficiency, large inside space, good mileage, and Mercedes’ known performance, you can’t go wrong with Topper and the Metris on the same team.


Jillian Burrow is the office and marketing manager at Topper Manufacturing. She is the daughter of Ed Brown and the granddaughter of the late Robert E. Hedstrom. Robert E. Hedstrom and Ed Brown are the engineers behind the design and development of the Topper Manufacturing Racks we know today. Jillian has spent most of her life watching out the window on family vacations to see just how far from the Midwest that the Topper Racks have traveled. Her favorite was the southernmost point of the United States in Key West, Florida. Jillian joined the company in 2010 and is proud to continue to create a reputable, heavy-duty product that the consumer can rely on and is proud to use. Find out more about Topper Manufacturing, visit


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