Re: Anybody tried the Rocky Road Roof Rack???
I have had a Rocky Road roof rack installed for some time. It's definitely one sturdy rack! I really like the look of the side rails, but not so much the crossbars, which I also found a bit limiting for what I wanted to do--carrying the occasional sheet of plywood, lumber, kayaks, etc.
I had a set of 58" Thule bars lying around from a previous vehicle, and found that the Thule Crossroad 450 railing foot mounts work very well for mounting the Thule bars on the RRO side rails, and are easy to install. I have a 40" spread between bars.
With the sturdiness of the RRO side rails, you should also be able to safely exceed Thule's recommended weight limit on the crossbars, within reasonable limits and with a properly balanced load, of course.
I like the 58" Thule bars on the Jeep. They protrude out from the side rails a bit, but not far enough to hit your head on. And their positions on the front and rear of the side rails are BEHIND the front and rear doors, so again, no potential for head contact while getting into or out of the vehicle. I'm very pleased with this set-up.
There is a bit of wind noise, but it's not objectionable. If it becomes an irritation on the next long trip, I'll get the wind fairing.
Rack Attack offers a 10% discount and free shipping. They're not cheap, however.
$170.95 for the mounts and $53.95 for the 4 locks, if you want them. The crossbars, of course, are extra.