Roof rack weight limit? Is this bad?

attworth

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I have a Gazelle tent, which pops up in like a minute. But then I gotta get the sleeping pads out and inflated, bedding, pillows, etc. then store the bags for everything....

I plan to get a RTT eventually, because all that stuff just stays up there. Pop it up, go to sleep, wake up and bring it down.

Maybe that makes me “Overland Bound cool” like my Trasharoo, but it’s sure to make camping at least a little more enjoyable.
 

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110 pound limit? The Yakima lock and load is like 60 lbs itself. Does than mean 50 lbs more?
 

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You can almost certainly put more weight on your roof and drive around. But be mindful that more weight up top will greatly increase the center of gravity, thus increasing chances of rollover. Especially in a lifted suv.

Going a little over (like 1.3x 110 lbs) is probably okay. I wouldn’t go more over long distances. Not worth the risk because you never know when you need to make a quick maneuver to avoid a dumb driver or deer.
This. Most industry weight ratings are made knowing people are going to exceed them by a certain percentage. In reality, you could most likely get away with a 150 lbs. load on the roof rack and never have any problems.
 

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So after the Q&A i saw this. Im new to the offroad scene and want to get into overlanding like with a tent on top of the car or maybe a cage that will hold tons of stuff. However this concerned me

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I weigh more than 110lbs lol. What exactly do these numbers mean? can the roof really not store anything over 110lbs? I feel like im confused.
a 100 pound child could jump on a scale and for a moment that scale would read like 500+ pounds.

If you have a roof rack with 100 pounds on it and you're going over bumps and your cargo is bouncing, then that force on the roof rack will be similar to the child jumping on a scale scenario. For a moment there it would exceed 500 pounds and break.
 

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