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Roof racks, rails and load capacity??

Hey everyone. My wife and I are driving across Canada this summer. We initially planned to drive our 09 Rubicon and to put a roof top tent on it for quick, camp anywhere ease. We've since traded the Rubi for our 11' Overland.

We really want to stick with the idea of getting an RTT as we do alot of camping and it seems like a fun way of doing that. Our problem is that we don't have the first clue about the rail system or racks for the WK2 or what the load capacities are.

I've seen aftermarket racks made by Gobi advertised but only up to 2010 models. I've seen an ARB rack that looks as though it's mounted to a Thule or Yakima but I can't seem to find out much about it or how it mounts.

What I'd like to know is what do I need to mount a 110lb RTT that will hold my 250lbs and my wifes 130lbs up for hours on end and won't buckle when we move?

As far as I know most RTTs mount using u bolts. I'm not sure if a rack
Is required or whether cross bars alone will do the trick. Not sure what cross bars can hold or whether I could use more than one set of cross bars to support the weight.

Help!!! Please!!!
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Old 03-02-2011, 01:47 AM
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Can't quite remember the mac load of the stock WK2 roof rails, but it's way lower than what you are seeking - maybe max 50-75 lbs load. There are threads here about it.

Even the much more robust Rack Attack rails that a few of us have used may not be enough to support 350+ lbs, or the roof itself may not be ready to do so.

Tough to recreate the VW-Westfalia van rooftop camper top but certainly understand the appeal, those are killer.
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Re: Roof racks, rails and load capacity??

Probably not what your are looking for but they do make tents that attach to the back of the GC...and most truck's/SUV's.
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Re: Roof racks, rails and load capacity??

Jeep offers that tent.

Item Number UOM Qty Your Price 82209878 Each $295.00 Blue and Gray tent is 10` x 10` and has two doors, large ""no-see-um"" mesh windows, exterior canopy, and two easy-to-use tent poles. Sock attaches to vehicle lift gate.

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Yeah that's the one I had seen.
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Re: Roof racks, rails and load capacity??

just out of curiosity what is the point of attaching a tent to the truck? it looks cool but realistically you sleep in a tent and not much more. if you are running your engine or watching a DVD or something you should probably inest an extra $5 in a motel over a campground lol.
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just out of curiosity what is the point of attaching a tent to the truck? it looks cool but realistically you sleep in a tent and not much more. if you are running your engine or watching a DVD or something you should probably inest an extra $5 in a motel over a campground lol.
LOL, I was just commenting over the weekend, after killing some time at an RV show that the $80K they wanted for the class A I liked would buy a heck of a lot of 4 star hotel rooms!
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Re: Roof racks, rails and load capacity??

Ok. I know about that tent but that's not my goal. Can anyone offer any more info regarding my original post?
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Re: Roof racks, rails and load capacity??

Stock roof rack max load is 150 lbs.

Roof Rail specs

Rack attack aftermarket quite a bit more robust, but as stated above, I wouldn't put 350 lbs on it.

Rack Attack Rails & Yakima Roof Rack - Pics

Other tent/camping suggestions below, but I'd suggest towing a pop top to accomplish what you seek. We're doing this exact thing this summer with the kids for a tour of national parks in the West.

http://www.jeepgarage.org/showthread...highlight=tent
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Re: Roof racks, rails and load capacity??

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Other tent/camping suggestions below, but I'd suggest towing a pop top to accomplish what you seek. We're doing this exact thing this summer with the kids for a tour of national parks in the West.

http://www.jeepgarage.org/showthread...highlight=tent



Good one...that's the deal right there. The towable ones are robust, easy to set up, and then you can disconnect and go explore without the bulk. You ain't gonna get that on the JGC roofrack setup (or aftermarket at this time).

BTW, sounds like fun Moose. Wish I had the time to do that!!!
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Re: Roof racks, rails and load capacity??

Hiya there, and I'm likely replying to a dead thread but....

Not sure if you got the Rooftop tent issue sorted, but basically the amount of weight a proper roof-rack set-up can handle (as in maximum stationery loading) is 4 times its mobile loading.

So if your rack can handle a load, when driving, of 75kg, then it can handle 300kg when stationery.

Data from the Rhino Rack site.
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