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Roof Rack Solution for Truck Topper Using Artificial Rain Gutters

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I am looking at options for mounting a roof rack to my ARE truck topper. Thule and Yakima sell artificial rain gutter mounts that can be bolted to the topper. The rain gutter racks then may be attached to the artificial gutter. I like the Yakima. Will it work?

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The components in the photo you referenced are from Yakima. Yakima offers 2 types of artificial rain gutters, the Wide Body Mounting Brackets # Y08001 and the Narrow Side Loader Brackets # Y08002. Both of these rain gutters are sold in pairs, so for a complete system, you will want to order 2 of whichever bracket you choose.

The roof rack towers for the rain gutter system are the Yakima 1A Raingutter Towers # Y00101, which come in a quantity of 4. These towers are designed for use with the Yakima RoundBar crossbars.

Yakima crossbars come in a variety of lengths. Depending on how much overhang of the crossbar you want, the Round 58 Inch Crossbars for Yakima Roof Rack Systems # Y00409 may be a good length for your application. If you'd like a different length, the bars are also available in 48 Inches # Y00408, 66 Inches # Y00410, 78 Inches # Y00411, and 86 Inches # Y00420. All of these part numbers listed include 2 crossbars.

The roof basket I like is the Yakima LoadWarrior Roof Rack Cargo Basket # Y07070. I've attached a review video of this cargo basket for you.

I recommend checking the manual from your truck topper to see if the manufacturer lists a weight rating for the topper. This will help you gauge how much weight you can safely carry on the roof rack.

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