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Cargo Transport Options for 2018 Nissan Altima with Moon Roof

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What is the best car carrier for a Nissan Altima 2018 with a moon roof. It will be used a few times a year. Thanks for your help.

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If maximum cargo weight capacity is the goal then the way to go is to install a hitch # 24796 and to use a hitch-mount cargo carrier like one of those shown on the linked page, such as # C18110. The Class I hitch above has a 200-lb tongue weight rating, tongue weight being downward force on the hitch. So in actual pounds, this means that once you deduct the carrier's own 30-lb weight from that hitch capacity you still end up with a 170-pound maximum cargo weight. This is far more than your roof's capacity.

Having the hitch on the car also means you can use a compatible Class I hitch 2-bike carrier, such as the Swagman XC # S64650.

Any vehicle that has a glass sun/moon roof can make rooftop cargo transport a challenge.

It is generally not recommended to place a cargo bag like the very nice Rightline # RL100S50 directly on any roof surface other than the vehicle's sheet metal. Even if you could place a bag on a glass roof such roofs would likely have a much lower weight capacity and limit what you can safely transport.

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