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Roof Racks

Whether you simply don't have the space inside your car or you would rather not clutter your cargo area, a roof rack will provide you with a space-saving alternative for carrying cargo and equipment. You can mount large and unwieldy items that will not fit inside your car or SUV. You can fill a rooftop cargo carrier with wet or dirty gear to ensure that your trunk or cargo area remains clean and dry. And you can quickly and easily get your sporting gear to the trail, beach, lake or mountain.


With a roof rack you can securely transport:






How to Choose a Roof Rack


What Do You Want to Carry?

The first step when choosing a roof-rack system is determining what it is that you want to carry or, more precisely, how you intend to use your rack. If you're a contractor, for example, and you may end up using your roof rack for work equipment, then Rhino-Rack's Heavy-Duty square crossbars will likely be a good choice. If, on the other hand, you wish to carry only a couple of bikes, then any bars will suffice.


Most roof-rack-mounted carriers and accessories will fit nearly all square, round, aero and elliptical bars on the market. But if you have a specific idea of what you want to transport, then you may want to consider choosing your carrier first so you don't run into any compatibility issues.


To learn more about the different types of racks and accessories, click on the following links:


Roof Rack Accessories

What Is a Roof Rack Able to Carry?

The type and amount of cargo or equipment that you can carry with your roof rack is largely dependent on your specific application and the type(s) of carriers that you choose. To a certain extent, you can estimate how many or how few carriers you can fit onto your rack based on the crossbar length.



Typically, if your crossbars measure up to 50" long, you can carry the following:


If you use bars that are between 53" and 60" long, you can carry approximately:


If you use bars that are longer than 60", you can carry approximately:


Always be aware of weight limitations. The maximum capacity of your roof-rack system will be dependent on the lowest-rated part of the system. So, if you have a roof-mounted cargo box that has a weight capacity of 150 lbs, roof-rack crossbars that are rated at 200 lbs, and these are on a roof rated at 100 lbs, then you cannot load more than 100 lbs.


To determine your roof's maximum weight capacity, check your vehicle's owner's manual. Typically, your vehicle will be the limiting factor.





What Type of Roof Rack is Right for Your Vehicle?

The other factor that will certainly affect what you can carry on your vehicle's roof is the roof itself. We have an in-house Roof Rack Application Guide that will help you determine which rack systems are best suited for your vehicle. Most setups are vehicle specific, from the recommended length of the crossbars to the custom foot packs.


Typically, you will have a few choices in roof-rack systems so that can you pick your crossbar style. One area in which you will not have as many choices, though, is the mounting kits, most of which are vehicle specific. Our fitguide will walk you through the process of finding the perfect rack for your application, but before looking up your vehicle, you need to be able to differentiate between the different roof types. This will help to ensure that you get a kit that offers a perfect fit.


Your vehicle's roof should fall into one of the following categories:



Roof Racks for Vehicles with a Naked Roof

Naked Roof-2008 Honda CR-V Naked Roof-1998 Ford Taurus

Vehicles with naked roofs have no tracks or rails. With a naked roof, you need a fit kit, foot pack and crossbars to create a complete roof-rack system. The etrailer.com fitguide will automatically group these items together for you to make choosing and ordering your roof rack easy.


These pictures detail the components required for a naked-roof vehicle.

A. Each fit kit is custom-designed to create the best, strongest fit for your specific vehicle. These kits include pads that contour to your vehicle's roof and sturdy clips that fasten to the outer edges of your roof, either by connecting to pre-drilled holes (as seen in the first image) or by clamping around the door jamb (as in the second image).


B. The podium-style foot pack includes four feet that connect to the custom fit kit and provide attachment points for the roof-rack crossbars.


C. The crossbars (or load bars) are the last part of the system to be installed. These provide the usable portion of your roof-rack system where any carriers or accessories will be mounted.


Roof Rack Components-2003 Volkswagan Jetta Roof Rack Components-2001 Dodge Neon
Roof Rack Short Roof Adapter

Occasionally, certain naked-roof vehicles require a short-roof adapter. This item is most commonly used on small two-door vehicles with short or curved rooflines. A short-roof adapter:


Short-roof adapters are custom fit. Adapters are available for the following crossbars:


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Roof Racks for Vehicles with Factory-Installed Raised Side Rails

Round Side Rails-2007 Nissan QuestSquare Side Rails-2006 Saturn Vue

Raised side rails are most common on minivans and SUVs. They run from front to back on your vehicle and can provide attachment points for an aftermarket roof-rack system. To mount a roof rack on a vehicle with this type of roof, you will need a foot pack and crossbars.


Roof Rack Components on Side Rails

The pictures above detail the components required for a vehicle with raised side rails.

A. The foot pack for factory rails includes four feet that clamp onto or wrap around your vehicle's side rails and provide mounting points for the roof-rack crossbars.


B. The crossbars (or load bars) are the last part of the system to be installed. These provide the usable portion of your roof-rack system where any carriers or accessories will be mounted.


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Roof Racks for Vehicles with Factory-Installed Flush Side Rails

Flush Factory Rails on 2012 Jeep Cherokee

Factory flush rails run from front to back on your vehicle and may provide attachment points for an aftermarket roof-rack system. To mount a roof rack on a vehicle with this type of roof, you will need a fit kit, foot pack and crossbars.


Thule Podium Feet on 2012 Jeep CherokeeThule Fit Kit on 2012 Jeep Cherokee

The pictures above detail the components required for a vehicle with flush factory rails.

A. Each fit kit is custom-designed to create the best, strongest fit for your specific vehicle. These kits mount to your factory rails.


B. The podium-style foot pack includes four feet that connect to the custom fit kit and provide attachment points for the roof-rack crossbars.


C. The crossbars (or load bars) are the last part of the system to be installed. These provide the usable portion of your roof-rack system where any carriers or accessories will be mounted.


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Roof Racks for Vehicles with Factory-Installed Flat Tracks

Tracks-Mercury Villager

Factory flat tracks run from front to back on your vehicle and can provide attachment points for an aftermarket roof-rack system. To mount a roof rack on a vehicle with this type of roof, you will need a fit kit, foot pack and crossbars.


Tracks-Mercury Villager

The pictures above detail the components required for a vehicle with flat tracks.

A. Each fit kit is custom-designed to create the best, strongest fit for your specific vehicle. These kits mount to your factory track rack.


B. The podium-style foot pack includes four feet that connect to the custom fit kit and provide attachment points for the roof-rack crossbars.


C. The crossbars (or load bars) are the last part of the system to be installed. These provide the usable portion of your roof-rack system where any carriers or accessories will be mounted.


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Vehicles That Have Factory-Installed Roof Racks with Crossbars

Factory Crossbars-2001 Subaru Outback

If your vehicle came equipped with a roof rack that has crossbars, you may not need an aftermarket roof-rack system. Most roof-rack-mounted carriers and accessories on the market will fit factory load bars. If the carrier that you would like to use does not fit your factory bars, adapters may be available.


Be sure to check your owner's manual for the capacity of your factory roof-rack system. Many OEM racks are designed more for aesthetics than utility and, therefore, are not built to support much weight. If you intend to use your roof rack for heavy loads, you may want to add aftermarket crossbars to boost the carrying capacity of your system. To do this, follow the instructions for Factory-Installed Raised Side Rails.





Types of Roof-Rack Crossbars

The fun part of choosing an aftermarket roof rack is picking the type of crossbars that you want your system to have. Sometimes this will be determined by the application or what you intend to use the rack for. For example, if you want to carry lumber or ladders with your system, Rhino-Rack's Heavy-Duty bars might be a good fit. There are multiple accessories that cater more to contractors and fit only these bars.


For the most part, roof-rack-mounted accessories and carriers that clamp onto or wrap around load bars will fit all types of bars. There are always exceptions though, so be sure to read accessory product descriptions carefully when determining compatibility.


Crossbar TypeShapeWind NoiseDragTop SlotsConstruction
Thule AeroBlade BarAero/Kamm-tail-likeLeast of all barsMinimalYesAluminum
Thule Rapid Aero BarOval/EllipticalMinimalMinimalYesAluminum
Rhino-Rack Aero BarOval/EllipticalMinimalMinimalYesAluminum
Yakima Round BarsRoundFairing recommendedFairing recommendedNoVinyl-coated steel
Rhino-Rack Heavy-Duty BarSquareConsiderableConsiderableC-channelsAluminum
Thule Square BarSquareFairing recommendedFairing recommendedNoPlastic-coated steel

Thule AeroBlade Bars

Thule AeroBlade Load Bars

Thule Rapid Aero Bars

Thule Rapid Aero Load Bars

Rhino-Rack Aero Bars

Rhino Rack Aero Cross Bars

Yakima Round Bars

Yakima Cross Bars

Rhino-Rack Heavy-Duty Bars

Rhino Rack Heavy Duty Cross Bars

Thule Square Bars

Thule Square Load Bars




Questions and Comments about this Article

James M.

Hi...we love eTrailer and have bought all our racks and accessories from you...you are the best! We are getting a new Chrysler Pacifica minivan, which comes with the built in Stow 'n Place roof rack system. At first this seemed nice...until we realized you only have about 39" of linear space with this system. We own a 58" Malone AirFlow2 Roof Rack (bought from you!) for our Odyssey (with factory raised side rails) that allows us to fit a Thule box + 2 pair ski carrier side-by-side. We use most of the 58" in this set-up and there is no way 39" will be enough for both accessories. Is there any way to put an aftermarket system on top of the 2021 Pacifica? Can we just ignore the built in system, treat it like a naked roof and attach some rails and then put our own footers and crossbars on it? If so, what system would you recommend? Any inputs on how to make this work so we can get use of the longer cross bars would be appreciated! Thanks for the awesome expertise!

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Reply from Victoria B.

I wish I had an aftermarket rack solution for you, but currently there are no aftermarket fits for your 2021 Pacifica. It doesn't look like manufacturers have fit for older model Pacificas either. Rack fits are designed and created based on interest, and since there is a factory option, most likely there hasn't been enough demand to design an aftermarket rack for the Pacifica. Once you know what cargo you normally carry on your roof will no longer fit due to shorter crossbars, we can explore other carrying options so you can still take all of your gear.

Reply from James M.

@VictoriaB Thanks so much for the reply. I kind of assumed the same on market demand with a factory installed solution. So, even the "naked roof" rail systems are model specific? They are not general enough with some bases + rail runners that you an install on the roof and then from there build up your system? I was picturing something like this...https://www.etrailer.com/Roof-Rack/Rhino-Rack/RRRLT600.html. Even if not confirmed to fit the 2021 Pacifica, are these systems general enough that an aftermarket install shop could make them work? (I know you can't guarantee it, of course...interested in your expert opinion only!) Thanks so much!

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Reply from Victoria B.

@JamesM You could certainly have a shop install tracks like the Rhino Rack RTC or RT-Style Tracks on your Pacifica and build a rack up from there like you mentioned. You hit the nail on the head that those systems are not tested and confirmed on specific vehicles, but can still be made to work. Many folks would get really uncomfortable at the thought of drilling into the roof of their brand new vehicle in order to install a track system like this, so it isn't an option we explore very often but it certainly can be done. I have linked all of the track options that we currently have so you can check them out. Then you would need a foot pack like the product you referenced. Crossbars would finish the system out, and the length you need would depend on how wide your roof is. Some crossbars styles can fit any width, but other crossbars are designed to mount within a certain width - all things a good shop would help you take into consideration while planning your build. A track system like this will also allow you to space the crossbars out as wide or as narrow as you need them for whatever accessories you are using, like a cargo box and ski carriers.

Susan A.

I have a 2015 Ford transit connect wagon. Will the sportrack 1003 complete roof rack fit?

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Reply from Victoria B.

The SportRack # SR1003 system is a semi-custom fit rack. While it does fit a large number of different vehicles, it is not a fit for the Transit Connect. I have attached a link to all of the roof rack options that are confirmed to fit your 2015 Transit Connect.

Sid

I recently leased a 2021 Nissan Kicks with a naked roof. However after having it for two and a half months, I find that a roof rack system would be helpful for items that won't fit inside. On a long drive I don't like leaving the hatch open for fear of the exhaust fumes. Is there a possible way to obtain side rails that would like as factory install or that would work without marring the paint or drilling holes as it a a lease vehicle. I tried my older roof carrier that worked on my other Nissans, but the door edges on the Kicks are more rounded and the clamps slip off when tightened down. Can you suggest what I could do as I'm not supposed to modify the vehicle unless using Nissan parts. Thanks all!

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Reply from Victoria B.

While we don't have any kind of aftermarket raised side rails for your Kicks, if your vehicle has flush mounted side rails, we have roof rack options that you could install without making any modifications to the vehicle. If you have flush mounted side rails on your Kicks, these roof rack options install via an existing fixed mounting point along this flush rail. I have linked all of the custom fit roof rack options for your Kicks.

William H.

I have a 2016 ES 350 Lexus, this vehicle has the all glass panoramic roof, therefore a naked roof. is there any roof rack at all I can use for this vehicle? I would prefer a roof rack and not having to buy a whole new car just for surf and snowboard accessories. PLEASE ADVISE., Thank you

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Reply from Victoria B.

We have a roof rack you can use on your glass roof, the SeaSucker Monkey Bars # 298-SX6000B . This roof rack uses vacuum cups to secure to your vehicle's roof. I recommend checking your owner's manual to determine the weight capacity of your roof. I have also linked to our roof snowboard carriers and surfboard carriers.

John S.

I have a 202/ Highlander with a factory installed roof rack. I have a Roofnest Sparrow XL tent and because the factory installed crossbars are not flat (they are convex) the tent rocks slightly from side to side. If I remove the factory rack do you have a rack that could beinstalled in the same holes? Are there other suggestions you might have?

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Reply from Victoria B.

I don't have a system that I can guarantee will work in place of the factory crossbar system, but your best bet would maybe be a Yakima roof rack that installs in fixed mounting points on the Highlander roof. I am not certain that the mounting points under your factory rack will match up with those needed for the Yakima system. I have linked confirmed fits for the Highlander, but none are specifically made to replace a factory system.

Herman

My cousin and I both have the Hyundai Ioniq EV (naked roofs). Hers is the 2020 model while mine is 2021. I have an older second vehicle (with ski rack and aero cross bars) that I insure and use only in winters. My cousin is thinking about getting a roof rack and accessories for bikes and skies. If we can find a roof rack that fits both of our vehicles, she is prepared to let me borrow the roof rack for my one summer camping trip (I have a roof box as well). What system would you recommend?

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Reply from Jon G.

I recommend using the Yakima JetStream setup. This will fit both your 2020 and 2021 Hyundai Ioniq vehicles and includes the following parts: # Y00425 , # Y00146 , # Y06175 , and # Y06111 .

Bob L.

I am looking for a rack system for a 2018 Lexus RX 350L The Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack - Fixed Mounting Points/Flush, Factory Side Rails - Aluminum - Silver Item # TH7602-TH7602 says it's confrimed to fit, but then another one Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack - Fixed Mounting Points/Flush, Factory Side Rails - Aluminum - Silver Item # TH7602-TH7603 says it is not. That is the type I am looking for, something that has no overhang but slides into the mounting bracket, will this fit my car?

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Reply from Jon G.

You want the part # TH7602-TH7602 along with Fit Kit # THKIT4072 . The other crossbar system you mentioned has 2 different length of crossbars and won't work.

Reply from Bob L.

@JonG THKIT4072 is not available and the replacement does look like it works with the Aero but rather the Evo rail?

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Reply from Jon G.

@BobL That is correct. The old fit kit system for your vehicle isn't actively available so if you aren't able to find it somewhere else (like a used parts store) then You'll need to use the newer fit kit # TH186044 with the newer style Thule WingBar Evo system. I'm attaching a link to the roof rack section of the fitguide for your vehicle that you can check out to see what all we have. Some other brands do have the style that you're looking for where the ends of the crossbars fit into the legs instead of sit on top of them.

Anik W.

Hi, what happens if I don't install my roof rack at the place indicated on my instruction manual. Does it make a big difference if I install them both 2inchs further back on my car roof than recommended? I have a rinorack feets and bars for my honda cr-v 2017. Thanks

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Reply from Jon G.

Roof rack manufacturers usually do extensive testing to determine the best placing for their roof rack kits. I mean technically you can install the roof rack anywhere you want, just be mindful that if it's not where the manufacturer indicates in the instructions then that could change the weight rating and you might damage your vehicle (since we don't know where all of the weak spots are and how Rhino-Rack determined their fitments).

Jeanette N.

I have a subaru forester 2010 with a naked roof and 4 inset on the black moulding on the top for cross bars to go in but I do not know who makes these

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Reply from Jon G.

Each manufacturer has their own version of that black insert and you will need to get the specific ones for your brand crossbars if you want it to fit correctly. What brand crossbars do you have? If you don't know you can send me a photo of your roof rack and I can try to help identify it.

Tenzin

Hi,I have Nissan rogue 2019.But my car is naked and what would you recommend?I have 2 kayaks,bikes, and sometimes I want to put Luggage for camping.

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Reply from Jon G.

What you need is a trailer for that much stuff. Attached is a link to our selection of watersport trailers that you can filter through. If you don't have any carriers for any of the products that you mentioned let me know what kind of kayaks and bikes you have and we can go from there.

Kolleen B.

I bought the Rhino Rack Vortex legs and elliptical aluminum crossbars for my 2015 Edge last year. Due to the pandemic and late delivery, I just installed them this week to hold our kayaks. I drove my car for the first time since installation last night and they whistling/whining starting at 40mph was crazy annoying. I bought Rhino Rack because it was noted to have less noise than other racks. Did I install incorrectly or does anyone have any suggestions on how to decrease the whistling noise? Thanks!

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Reply from Jon G.

Did you install the rubber strips in the T-Slots on top and on the bottom?

Reply from Kolleen B.

@JonG I found the exact video I needed after I emailed you. With no instructions fir the crossbars I did not know that the rubber measuring strip was to go in the bottom. I fixed it yesterday and got it all even and it is perfect!! Thanks for getting back to me.

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Reply from Jon G.

@KolleenB Awesome! Glad to hear it!

Jennifer T.

I have a 2021 Crosstrek and planning to put a roof top tent on it. The tent is 53" wide. I am wondering if I should install perfectly 53" crossbars or go for something wider like 58" or 60"? I'm not sure if I should have an overhang or not.

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Reply from Jon G.

I'd go with something longer. Not only does this ensure that you have enough crossbar real estate, but sometimes the mounting hardware can interfere with the crossbar legs if you aren't careful.

Raymond R.

I am looking for a roof rack for a 2015 little guy silver shadow the one I am looking for is to attach to the sidewalls. Do you have any suggestions.?

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Reply from Jon G.

You might be able to use the Roamer LT # S80510 or the Roof Rack # SR1020 depending on what style roof you have. These are universal installations so you will be the one that has to determine the best way to install the crossbars.

Donna M.

I purchased a Rhino Roof Rack for my 2018 Nissan Rogue with naked roof. Will that same rack fit to a 2021 Nissan Rogue with naked roof?

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Reply from Jon G.

Rhino-Rack doesn't have a fit listed for the 2021 Nissan Rogue yet but when I compared it to the Yakima fit, Yakima had a different fit kit for the 2021 which leads me to believe you will likely need a different fit kit. I'm not sure what their timeframe is to getting that figured out so I've attached a link to our selection of roof racks that do fit your 2021 Rogue in case you're interested.

Noah C.

Hello i have a 96 dodge Dakota extended cab I really want a roof rack to carry my skis but the truck has no tracks or anything and I have no idea what to get any Opponion on the full set up I would need ?

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Reply from Jon G.

The closest thing to a custom roof rack we have for your '96 Dakota is the SportRack Semi-Custom # SR1003 . I'm not a huge fan of this rack because it doesn't always fit exactly, but if it's your only option then it's your only option. The only other thing I can think of is if you went with a ladder rack instead.

David C.

I have a 2021 Honda Pilot Touring with the factory roof rails. I would love to get the right cross bars for it but i'm at a complete loss as to which ones I should go for. I see you've provided a lot of helpful advice on what to pick. Could you give me your opinion on the best rack to choose? Thank you!

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Reply from Jon G.

I really like the Thule roof rack which uses parts # TH711420 , # TH460R , and # THKIT3132 . This is a higher-end roof rack but it looks really great and the functionality is what really sets it apart from the competitors.

Justin D.

Hello , I have a 7th gen 2010 Nissan Maxima with the pano roof . Are there any roof racks available that will fit this car ? Thank you

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Reply from Jon G.

It doesn't look like any of the options that are available for a 2010 Maxima will it with the panoramic roof. Depending on what you're wanting to transport you might be able to install a trailer hitch and use a small trailer.

Tyson

Hello, I have a 2019 Honda CR-V with flush rails. I'm good with the Fit Kit and Podium, but with Crossbars it recommends a 47" aeroblade and I'm wondering if I should go with a 53" instead? We'd like to have both a cargo carrier + 2-person kayak on the top. Is the extra overhang going to help? Thanks!

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Reply from Jon G.

Since the Thule WingBar Evo crossbars have a limited amount of space on the underside where the legs connect I don't think you will be able to physically fit them together for your application. Sometimes with Thule you're able to use the next size up but we do a pretty good job at notating and listing this when we find it. You might be able to get them to fit but it does depend on your cargo box size and if you want to get into the cargo box or not.

Reply from Tyson

@JonG thanks! If I get the podium and fit kit should I be looking at a different set of crossbars then besides the Evo if we want to load a bunch of stuff?

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Reply from Jon G.

@Tyson The Thule ProBar would be your only option with that setup. These are a little more heavy-duty style but they have the T-Slots that will work with accessories. Another thing to keep in mind if the weight rating. This roof rack has a rating of 165 lbs so if you're going to be using a box like the SkyBox 16 # Y07335 which weighs in at 47 lbs you'll need to calculate that in with the weight of your kayak and any cargo you plan on putting in this box.

Doug

I have a Leer 100LE truck cap mounted on my 2004 Chevy Silverado 2500. 6.6 foot bed. I was to mount roof rack on fiberglass shell. Any cost effective options?

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Reply from Jon G.

I recommend going with a Rhino-Rack roof rack like part # Y01-130B which has the HD bars or part # Y02-480B which uses the aero-style bars.

Ella S.

It's great that you mention that a roof rack can save room inside your car! My husband and I just got mountain bikes and we want to store them and have room for our two kids as well! We will be sure to look for an appropriate roof rack with these tips.

Laurie G.

I've a 2014 Mazda CX9 Touring and would like to go with the bare roof system. How do I know the length of bar needed? Would your recommend the Inno or the Rhino?

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Reply from Jon G.

If you check out the attached link you can see all of the roof rack options that we know will fit your vehicle! RhinoRack and Inno are about the same when it comes to quality, but I would have to give the edge to Inno and recommend them simply because of the way the top track system and how it is designed. For Rhino-Rack you have to cut the rubber strip but with Inno you just press the rubber piece into the track a little more and no cutting is needed.

Albert

I am trying to carry a canoe safely on a Jeep Wagoneer with a 6" lift. It has 2 permanently mounted Thule roof racks which are solid. I have a support device which fits in a hitch receiver and provides support when the canoe is being carried on my Tacoma. I want to run this in the front position for short trips to the local waters. This would necessarily involve having a 2.5" vertical post arising front the front of the Jeep.(would have to mount front receiver) Short of finding some "invisibility paint" does this seem like a recipe for getting many traffic tickets? Thanks.

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Reply from Jon G.

You shouldn't have any problems with tickets when it comes to using a goal-post loader on a front receiver. It's actually pretty common for trucks that are towing a trailer because they can't use that rear trailer hitch receiver position while towing.

Will M.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Altitude (has the flush black rails that run front to back - NOT the silver and black). Interested in a Yakima Jet Stream system. I have seen previous Q&As where the rep recommends a Yakima system that will work with a GC with either type rails (the flush black OR the silver and black) as long as it is not a naked roof without any rails. However, when I filter indicating I have the the black flush rails, it adds on the Baseclip Fit Kit for a naked roof (Y06121) that has the piece that goes down and fits into the door jamb. HELP, PLEASE! I am looking for a system that uses attachments already in place and does not rely on a hook into the door jamb - if that exists. Thanks!

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Reply from Jon G.

The flush rails with the chrome trim should have a piece in the track that you remove and you can see anchor points where you will install some bolts (which act as the fit kit). The flush rails that are solid black don't have that piece that you remove from the track which is why you will need to use the fit kit that has the clips.

Marvin O.

Good evening. I have a 2008 acura mdx, i just installed my oem roof rack, i neex help on purchasing cross bar system that will accomodate my roofnest falcon RTT, yikes.. i was looking at the most strongest cross bars like yakima HD bars plus what ever podium is the best that wont let my RTT fly out of the roof, rhina rack square cross bars plus podium. Please help, i was also gonna by 6 inch sea sucker to attached RTT to the front of my cars roof. Im paranoid about the RTT flying out when im on the freeway. Suggestion as appreciated and will buy at etrailer.

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Reply from Jon G.

When you say you just installed your OEM roof rack I'm guessing you mean the raised rails that go front to back? If that's the case then I highly recommend going with the Thule WingBar roof rack which includes parts # TH711420 and # TH710401. This has a weight capacity of 165 lbs which will be high enough for your 140 lb tent - 160 lb tent (depending on if you have the Falcon or Falcon XL). This is what's known as the dynamic load rating - dynamic being while the vehicle is in motion. The static load rating, or when the vehicle isn't moving, will be high enough to accommodate your tent as well because the crossbars can handle more weight when the vehicle isn't moving. Just be sure to follow all of the guidelines set in place for your RTT.

Chad D.

I am about to purchase a 2012 Ford Escape XLS, I't does not have side railing for either side. what is my best cheapest option for a rack to carry a 12ft ladder on?

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Reply from Jon G.

For cheapest we have the Inno square bar setup which uses parts # INB127 , # INSUT , and # INK196 . If you wanted better quality with an aero bar system then use the Inno roof rack with the parts # INXB138-2 , # INXS250 , and # INK196 instead.

Edward B.

Do you know which Yakima MightyMount will fit the factory cross bars for my 2013 Land Rover LR4?

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Reply from Jon G.

For your factory crossbars you'll need the Universal MightyMounts # Y03590 . Please note that these are only compatible with some Yakima accessories so we'll need to make sure that whatever you are wanting to put on top of your LR4 is compatible with these as well.

Phil D.

I’ve inherited a Thule roof rack set from my dad that are about 20 years old. It’s the Thule Square Bar crossbars with what I believe are Aero 400 footings. I’m not quite sure the specifics of the fit kit that’s on it and if it’s compatible with my car. I drive a 2018 Toyota Corolla with a naked roof. Will this roof rack fit my car? If not, are there available fit kits or footings that can be adapted so it can be compatible?

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Reply from Jon G.

The old Thule 400 foot pack is now obsolete along with the fit kit that is compatible with it. We have some replacement parts for the 400 feet but if you're wanting a fit kit you'll have to look at resale shops and such. You will need the fit kit 1746. (Attached is an old install video of this on a '17 Corolla) I'm linking the fit guide for roof racks that fit your 2018 Toyota Corolla. The Thule fit kit for the newer crossbars is different than what is used for the system you currently own so you'd need the entire Thule roof rack. Thule is on the higher end of the price margin so if you want something cost-effective and good quality I recommend the Inno square bar system which includes parts # INB127 , # INSUT , and # INK306 .

Charlie C.

I have an HHR and am interested in changing the roof racks from front to back into going side to side .. Any problems there .??

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Reply from Jon G.

If your Chevy HHR has raised side rails then you need to use a roof rack that is designed to attach to those side rails and cross over the width of your vehicle. You should try to disconnect those raised rails and use them like regular crossbars because they aren't designed to hold equipment like that. If you use our fitguide you can see what roof rack options will fit your HHR.

Evan Y.

I have a 2017Rav4 SE and need to purchase cross bars and a ski rack. I was going to just get the OEM cross bars and find a ski rack that fit, but I am not sure if that is the right decision. What do you recommend? Both for if I went with OEM cross bars (what ski rack to get) or if I got both cross bars and ski rack after market? Thanks!

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Reply from Jon G.

I really like the Yakima FreshTrack # Y03092 because it is easy to use/adjust, and you have the ability to use the built-in lift if any of your bindings will be making contact with your roof. As far as a roof rack goes, the aftermarket options usually give you more flexibility in what accessories you can use so I recommend going that route. I'm attaching a link to our selection for your 2017 RAV4 but if you can confirm whether you have the raised rails or a naked roof I can make a recommendation for you.

Reply from Evan Y.

@JonG I have raised rails already! Thanks for the help!

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Reply from Jon G.

@EvanY In that case I highly recommend the 50" Yakima JetStream Bars # Y00425 and TimberLine Towers # Y00147 because it's not only a great roof rack system, but you either wait and order locks that match what come with the ski carrier or you can get the 6-pack lock kit # Y07206 so that your roof rack and ski carrier have matching locks.

Kat

I have a 2000 Nissan Pathfinder SE with factory tracks and crossbars. I'm not sure if it can hold a rooftop tent/people, and am looking for a new roof rack system. Could I get some guidance please?

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Reply from Jon G.

I recommend using the Yakima JetStream crossbar system which includes the 50" crossbars # Y00425 , SkyLine Towers # Y00148 , and the Landing Pad 1 # Y00221 . This should be compatible with pretty much any tent system as it has a weight capacity of 165 lbs and it attaches to fixed mounting points. The 165 lb weight capacity is dynamic (moving). The static weight capacity will be enough to support a tent and people. I recommend checking the instructions for the roof tent that you are interested in because they normally have instructions on what is needed for a roof rack.

Bradley M.

I bought a Ram 2500 with a Leer canopy that has factory rails. What do i need in order to place cargo carrier on top?

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Reply from Jon G.

If you are talking about a factory roof rack on your LEER camper then you can pretty much use any of our roof cargo carriers as they mount on crossbars. If, however, you mean you just have the flush rails that run back to front then I recommend using the Yakima LockNLoad # Y05045 which will mount directly to those rails when paired with 2 of the Landing Pad 1 Kit # Y00221 , the SkyLine Towers # Y00148 , and the SL Adapter Kit # Y05042-2 .

Reply from Bradley M.

@JonG Thank you. I have just the flush rails running from front to back. I need the feet and cross bars to move forward with getting a cargo carrier.

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Reply from Jon G.

@BrdaleyM The Yakima setup that I mentioned above will mount directly on the towers that attach to the flush rails. This eliminates the extra cost of crossbars and the mounting hardware for the basket to the crossbars, plus it will still allow you to move the basket forward or backward depending on your application.

Reply from Bradley M.

@JonG Awesome. Thank you for the response. I will take your advice on the Yakima setup. Very helpful info.

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Reply from Jon G.

@BradleyM Anytime!

Knute R.

I have a 2020 Toyota Highlander Limited with factory installed Raised Side Rails that have a notch area to opens to connect the foot packs to. Which systems are compatible with the 2020 Highlander Limited rails? Looking for an aerodynamic set and will eventually attached a basket to it for luggage and christmas tree delivery.

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Reply from Jon G.

As of right now there are no fits for your current setup. It does look like some of our manufacturers are working on fits though so it should just be a matter of time before we have something for your vehicle.

Chuck R.

Putting bar racks on roof of a 2019 Promaster for a solar shower system. It appears the Rhino Rack is the most compatible. I need 3" between roof and bottom of rack feet to clear the small portion of the solar panels already installed. What is the clearance from the bottom of the feet to the bottom of the bar. Thinking of using the aero bar. Thanks,

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Reply from Jon G.

The Rhino-Rack system will be close. I know the legs are 2" tall and then you'll get some of the height of that tall bracket depending on where you are measuring from for your 3". If you're measuring at the top of the dips on your roof then I don't think you'll have quite 3" of clearance, but if you are measuring at the bottom of the dips in your roof then you should be just fine. It's also worth mentioning that this roof rack system has both of the bars towards the back of the van so if your solar is at and in front of the sliding door you won't have to worry about roof rack clearance.

Reply from Chuck R.

@JonG Jon, Measuring from the mount location to the top of the solar panel=3" tight. Maybe to close for comfort? Thanks,

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Reply from Jon G.

@ChuckR It will clear 3" but I'm not sure by how much. If you're wanting significant clearance then I don't think this option will work for you.

Keelie C.

My 2020 CRV currently has a naked roof, and roof rails from Honda are on an indefinite back order, so I am interested in some aftermarket cross bars. I was looking at the Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars. Am I correct that these will fit my naked roof and attached to my roof rails? (Whenever I'm able to get them). I have an existing Thule Ski rack, so I thought going with Thule Crossbars was a safe bet to ensure they'll fit.

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Reply from Jon G.

The 53" Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars # TH711420 will definitely work for your application. Since your 2020 Honda CR-V has a naked roof you're going to need the Evo Clamp Feet # TH710501 as well as the Fit Kit # TH145046 . The parts that you need for the flush mounted rails are a little different though so you will need a whole new setup if you plan on installing the flush rails.

Reply from Keelie C.

@JonG Hi Jon, a whole new set up meaning I'll need different feet #TH460R and fit kit #THKIT3166? But I won't have to replace the Thule WingBar # TH711420?

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Reply from Jon G.

@KeelieC You'll actually need the 47" WingBar Evo Crossbars # TH711220 instead because the Rapid Podium Feet # TH460R and Fit Kit # THKIT3166 will sit further in than the legs and fit kit needed if you have a naked roof.

Reply from Keelie C.

@JonG Okay, this helps a lot! Thank you!

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Reply from Jon G.

@KeelieC No problem, happy to help!

Cooper

I have a 2019 Dodge Gran Caravan. I want to install a roof basket so I can attach my ARB 8' awning to it. The awning is 35 lbs. Will a roof basket that attaches to my OEM cross bars work ? Will my OEM cross bars support the roof basket ?

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Reply from Jon G.

Your OEM crossbars should be sufficient enough to support a roof basket. The real question though is how does your awning attach to the roof? Most awnings have T-Slot accessories to mount inside a channel or clamp-style mounts to attach to the crossbars - neither of which usually attached directly to a roof basket. If you can give me some more details about your awning I can help you find out what will work best.

Reply from Cooper

Thank you for your quick response. The ARB awning does come with the T slot bolts. I intended to somehow attach the ARB awning with ARB "L brackets" (that I have) designed for the T slots, directly to the basket. The brackets are L type brackets made especially for ARB awnings. The brackets have 3 holes to accept the awning t nuts and 2 holes to attach to the basket. I would need a flat surface (on the roof basket) on the side of basket to securely attach them to.

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Reply from Jon G.

@Cooper From the way you are describing things it sounds like you're looking more for a roof platform rack as opposed to an actual basket. For your application I'd check out the Rhino-Rack Pioneer Platform Rack which can install directly to your crossbars and comes as the part # RR42114BF which is 48" long x 38" wide or the part # RR42115BF which is 58" long x 47" wide.

Jeffrey F.

i have a 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee looking for good set of roof racks what would you suggest Would like Black I have the factory runners Anything used? Also would like to hall fishing poles and paddle boards

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Reply from Jon G.

Since there are a handful of roof rack styles for your 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee I am linking our selection of roof racks for you to filter through. The Inno and Rhino-Rack brands are middle-of-the-road while Thule and Yakima are on the higher end of quality and ease of use. I've also attached links to our selection of fishing rod carriers that mount to crossbars as well as paddle board carriers. I like the Lockrack # 339LRUNISETA for this but you can filter through our selection if you'd like.

Vince

I have a 2001 hyundai elantra. What are the measurements from the center pillar between the front and rear crossbars?

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Reply from Jon G.

That depends on what roof rack system you're looking at getting as this can vary between manufacturers. For the Rhino-Rack roof rack you're looking at 25-19/32" between the centers of the crossbars with the center of the front crossbar being 9-27/32" in front of that pillar. For the Inno system you're looking at 11.7" for both the front and the rear in regards to that center pillar.

Karan

I have a 2013 GMC Yukon Denali. Is there any aftermarket crossbars that will fit my vehicle? It has flush rail front to back.

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Reply from Jon G.

We do have a handful of roof racks that will fit your '13 GMC Yukon Denali! Attached is a link to our selection for your flush mount rails, but out of that selection I recommend the Yakima JetStream system which uses parts # Y00426 , # Y00148 , and # Y00221 .

Robin B.

I have 2020 Kia Sorento EX with panoramic sunroof. Will the Thule AeroBlade 11200 allow my sunroof to open?

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Reply from Jon G.

The Thule roof racks usually have about 3" of clearance under the crossbars. This is typically enough for a moonroof or sunroof to open up but Thule doesn't recommend doing this just to make sure that nothing gets damaged. Opening up the sun/moonroof also means that you will likely get some of that wind noise since you'll be changing the airflow.

Terry F.

On my 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Which front bolt should I install the foot onto? The very front or the one about 3.5 inches back from the very front one? We are putting a Thule roof top tent on.

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Reply from Jon G.

I'm thinking you'd use the one further up but I can't find anything showing 2 different locations for that front crossbar. Could you possibly take some pictures to show me?

John H.

Currently have a 2014 Mazda CX-5 touring with a naked roof. I am looking to add roof storage - mainly for luggage - possibility of bag, box, or cage ? I was thinking I would obviously need roof rails and crossbars but see that might not be the case. However I really don’t like the type that connect thru around the actual passenger doors with those metal padded clips. I am wondering what options you recommend towards the value end of spectrum. Are rails only available from Mazda? Not sure how much weight capacity I need , but it looks like factory rails rated Only up to 100lbs. Not sure why but prefer 165lbs just in case. Interested in what options you folks might have available or direction to go on the actual rails. Thanks

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Reply from Jon G.

For your application I recommend going with the Rhino-Rack Vortex roof rack which uses the following: 46" Bars - # RRVA118B-2 2500 Series Legs - # RRRLKVA Fit Kit - # DK289 Then for a cargo box/tray I'd say to use either the Inno Shaper 100 # INXA569 or Platform Rack # INA510 because these will look really clean and sporty on your Touring. If you still wanted to use a bag you can use the part # RL100R20 .

Reply from Gunjan S.

@JonG I had an identical question for my CX5 2016 witha naked roof (plastic covered tracks). The Thule Evo clamp seems unreliable despite the claims. I want to install a cargo box mostly for luggage and camping gear career. Appreciate a response and recommendation for roof rails, tracks, raisees

Reply from Gunjan S.

@JonG I had an identical question for my 2016 CX5 with a bare roof. I am unsure about the clamp systems (Thule Evo) and find the screw on to be more secure. Need recommendation for rails rack and cargo box (~16cuft) systems that is good long term spend.

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Reply from Jon G.

@GunjanS If you don't have the raised rails then the clamping system is the best way to go. Thule honestly has one of the best systems (alongside Yakima) so you may have installed them incorrectly if they didn't feel that secure. If the problem is just the clamping system in general then the only way that you can use something else is if you install a system that makes you drill into your vehicle roof. That kind of system would be much more weak compared to the clamps so I really can't recommend going that route.

Reply from Gunjan S.

@JonG thanks that assures me a lot. Gift the Thule Evo wingbar(Clamp on). Drove 2 hours to my campsite- almost no noticeable wind noise. So far looks like a great purchase

Brian M.

I am looking at the Malone AirFlow2 Roof Rack - Aero Crossbars vs. the Thule for my QX80. Can you provide any insight?

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Reply from Jon G.

The Malone AirFlow2 is more of an entry-level roof rack while the Thule roof racks are higher quality and will feel a little better once installed. With that being said, the AirFlow2 has become super popular and a lot of people really seem to like it so I think you'll be happy either way.

Reply from Brian M.

@JonG Thank you for your response. Will Thule attachments work with the Malone Air flow?

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Reply from Jon G.

Yes, as long as they are designed to fit around an aero-style crossbar or have the T-Slot fitting they are compatible.

Raz

I'm looking for a set of side rails that will fit into the holes already installed by the manufacturer. These are covered by the black rubber strips that run the length of the roof. I've looked at the the set in which the cross bars are built in and opened up when needed, however I don't think they would allow for the crossbars I already own from a previous set-up. I have a set of low profile Thule locking crossbars that clamp over the side rails.

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Reply from Chris R.

Roof side rails aren't really offered as an aftermarket product - that is something that generally has to be installed at the factory or obtained from the vehicle dealer. Can you tell me what model vehicle you have?

Reply from Raz

@ChrisR I have a 2019 Toyota Tacoma double cab.

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Reply from Jon G.

We don't have roof rails that run the length of the cab but we do have the Yakima roof rack that will fit using those mounting points you're talking about. Here are the parts you need: 50" JetStream - Black # Y00425 or Silver # Y00428 SkyLine Towers - # Y00148 Landing Pad 24 - # Y74FR

Rex G.

Need a complete roof rack for a 2014 Sonic hatchback. Will carry a 110 pound rooftop tent. recommendations

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Reply from Chris R.

The best roof rack system we have available for your 2014 Chevy Sonic hatchback is the Rhino-Rack Vortex setup that consists of parts # RRVA118B-2 , # RRRLKVA , and # DK399 .

Deleana S.

I have yakima control tower landing pads on a 2011 Honda Element with cross bars that do not extend 4 inches past the edge of the vehicle. what crossbars do I need to use hullavator racks?

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Reply from Chris R.

You can simply go with longer Yakima bars. I'm not sure what length you currently have, but I would think 60" bars # Y00426 are plenty long enough to provide the needed overhang for the Hullavator.

Robert P.

I have Thule square bar system. Will the Thule square bars fit the Inno stays for factory side rails?

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Reply from Chris R.

I believe you're asking if Thule square crossbars will fit Inno mounting feet. As long as you have the older Thule bars (which do NOT feature a channel on the bottom of the bars) they will work just fine. The older Thule square bars and the Inno square bars share the same dimensions, so they're interchangeable.

Melanie C.

Interested in setting up my 2014 Kia Rondo for adventures. Kayaking, snowboarding, biking, camping, gear, etc. Can you assist me with learning more about these systems and buying the proper gear?

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Reply from Chris R.

As long as your Kia Rondo has factory flush rails that run front to back, we have a nice selection of Thule setups that will work perfectly. I specifically recommend the WingBar system that consists of parts # TH711220 , # TH460R , and # THKIT4036 . From there it's up to you what kind of accessories you need/want to add to transport all your adventure supplies. I've linked our selection of roof kayak carriers, bike carriers, and cargo baskets that you can look through below.

Melanie

I have a 2018 Hyundai Tucson Value. What rack could support 2 kayaks?

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Reply from Chris R.

If your 2018 Hyundai Tucson Value has the factory flush side rails that run front to back, I highly recommend the Thule WingBar system that consists of parts # TH711220 , # TH710601 , and # TH186013 . This will provide you with a quiet, sturdy setup more than capable of supporting a couple kayaks. For the carriers themselves I recommend a couple of the etrailer # e98878 .

Dave H.

I have a Forest River NoBo 19.7 with the roof rails, literature says Rhino system. What do I need for Aero-Bars? Assume 4 risers and two bars? Rails are about 64" apart on roof of NoBo travel trailer. Do you have set? What is cost? Thanks

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Reply from Chris R.

It looks like that camper is equipped with the Rhino-Rack Track System, so you can use the Mounting Feet # RRRLT600 (includes 4 feet) and a set of Vortex Crossbars like the 71" # RRVA180B-2 . Pricing is listed on the product page.

Glenn S.

I have a 1997 Toyota landcruiser, and want to put a Freespirit Odyssey Hard tent on top. The unit weighs 154 pounds... and the specs show the tent can hold up to 750 pounds. My question, is by adding crossbars to my existing Factory siderail/rack bars on the land cruiser.... will the new side rail support the tent and weight? Can you suggest which rail to use?

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Reply from Chris R.

You'll want to add aftermarket crossbars to the factory side rails on your Land Cruiser (it looks like the Odyssey does clamp around the crossbars) for proper support. The Thule WingBar setup, parts # TH711420 and # TH450R will work perfectly. I actually recommend checking with Toyota directly regarding capacity - weight applied from a tent (and its inhabitants) is a bit different than what would otherwise be listed as a capacity in the owner's manual, since the vehicle isn't moving when the tent's being used. The roof (and rail's) capacity when parked is much higher than its dynamic capacity, which is what is normally looked at when adding roof top accessories.

Larry K.

I would like a rack to hold 2 Kayak for a Sorento Kia. What do I get.

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Reply from Chris R.

I would be happy to get you set up to transport 2 kayaks on your Kia Sorento. Can you tell me what model year the Sorento is?

Bethany H.

Would the rhino rack rs 2500 aero roof rack fit a 2018 Ford Fusion se ecoboost?

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Reply from Chris R.

The RS system has actually been replaced within Rhino-Rack's line with the ROC25 series, which still offers that sleek flush design. For your Ford Fusion you will need part # RR52SR .



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