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Ladder Rack for Use on Open Utility Trailer

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Hi there. I’m wondering if any of the TracRac Thule products are compatible with the standard rails on an open utility trailer? I see that the Yakima Outdoorsman 300 is, but I’m looking for a solution that could handle more weight in certain situations specifically rooftop tent. Do you have any suggestions?

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The Yakima Outdoorsman ladder racks like # Y01137-Y00409 are intended for installation on pickups but their clamp-on installation could make them usable in other applications. The thing is that these racks have a 300-lb weight limit which I would consider too low for use with a tent. When it comes to personal safety, you really want a rack rated for far more weight than you're going to actually put on it.

For a ladder rack with higher weight capacity and also with the adjustability to let it change to suit your specific applications I suggest you consider the TracRac SR Sliding Rack system. The SR is a track-based ladder rack with a 1250-lbs weight rating; this makes it plenty strong for two persons in a rooftop tent. It will also be able to handle substantial cargo loads.

The tracks will bolt down to your trailer's side rails and the uprights slide in to whatever position needed for the particular cargo load. You can even add more uprights and crossbars if you like to both support the tent as well as other cargo. My contact at TracRac confirmed the SR system racks are fine for this type of install.

If you don't mind giving up adjustability then there are other lower-cost options. For instance, the MaxxHaul Ladder rack # MT70386 offers a 500-lb weight rating and a fixed height of 30-1/8-inches. It will install permanently in one place on the trailer rails. Its width is adjustable from 52- to 71-inches.

You can review these and other rack options on the linked page.

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