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Roof Cargo Basket Options for a 45-1/2 Crossbar Spread on a 2018 Chevy Tahoe

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I read that the maximum bar spread is 43 in. My 2018 Tahoe bars are fixed 45.5 in. apart center to center. Is there any wiggle room on that maximum distance? It looks like the attachment mechanisms could be placed out at the very edges of the rack. I know that would not offer as much support to the center of the rack, but is it feasible? I dont plan on getting anywhere near the 165 lb. limit no spare tire is going up there. I really like the look of this cargo basket better than the comparable Thule th859xt extended version.

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If you check out the attached picture you can see that the 43" max spread is with the clamps in the furthest positions so unfortunately there isn't any wiggle room when it comes to mounting the Rhino-Rack Roof Mounted Steel Cargo Basket # RMCB02.

We do have alternatives, but the Thule Canyon # TH859XT-8591XT basket which has similar looks to the Rhino-Rack option has a mx spread of only 37 inches.

For your 2018 Chevy Tahoe, I recommend the Yakima LoadWarrior # Y07070-74. This measures 62" x 39" x 6-1/2" and it includes a center crossbar section that can be useful for cargo control.

I have attached review videos for all 4 baskets mentioned on this page so that you can compare them further.

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