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Thread: Roof racks aint all the same... What is best?

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    I went with the 'Black Widow' rack and I've had it for over 2 years now including a lap around the country with a load on top. Very little wind noise and appears to be an excellent quality/hardy finish. I'm more than happy with it.

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    I have a tradesman oval alloy,
    It's done 2 trips to the Kimberly and 2 to the Simpson and it's fully loaded no issues with the rack. happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 04OFF View Post
    Be aware that the "total" recommended weight for the roof of your patrol is only 100kg, (this includes the weight of the roof rack), many racks are 50kg+ all by themselves empty, so I went with one of the lightest full length racks I could find, it only weighs 35kg, so actually gives me the biggest payload of 65kg.

    Something to keep in mind.
    So does this mean that its not good for the car if the roof top tent sees some action??
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    Quote Originally Posted by snicko View Post
    So does this mean that its not good for the car if the roof top tent sees some action??
    Only if you are sub 65kg and its solo action :-P
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    So once you have a roof rack and roof tent, that's it, no more weight up top, can't even sleep in your tent. Lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by MEGOMONSTER View Post
    So once you have a roof rack and roof tent, that's it, no more weight up top, can't even sleep in your tent. Lol
    Well the car is in trouble all round...hahahaha (sorry car!!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by snicko View Post
    Well the car is in trouble all round...hahahaha (sorry car!!)
    I wonder how much punishment the roof would take.
    I've easily had over 200kg on the roof rack, if not more.
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    Don't forget there are two figures:

    Weight the roof will support
    Weight the rack will support

    I'm sure there is some wally factor in there.

    These are for driving, not parked up. So your rooftop tent should be ok.

    The higher up your weight, the higher the vehicle centre of gravity. I notice this as soon as the spare is put up there.

    The other limiting factor is fatigue. The heavier weights will fatigue the roof quicker. Rough terrain, to top it off, the worst.

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    Ive been considering which roof rack to get, and figured 3/4 to full length as light as possible with good to maxium payload on top, prob wouldn want to go over 75kg weight total imo, hard breaking, wind resistance, bumps must all put hard and different angled forces on the roof.

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