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Can 2013 Honda Accord Roof Rack Carry 205 lbs of Cargo

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Your roof rack TH712400 with a weight capacity of 220lbs. I am guessing my 2013 Honda Accord 4dr 4 cyl sunroof should handle 205lbs? Do you agree? Maybe you can let me know. I included a picture of an aluminum scaffold that totals in weight of 205lbs. The wind should not be a problem as it will pass through all the openings on the round piping. It will sit about 18 inches above the rack. I intend to tie additional straps to rack on the front and back of car. It won’t move. Just being careful. The width of the scaffold in the picture is about as wide as the rack. Let me know if any concerns you have or you think I will be fine. I just know don’t know if the roof has a weight limit. If your selling a rack that maximum weight is 220lbs for my car then you must think my roof can handle this weight. Your thoughts?

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The Thule SquareBar Crossbars # TH712400 do have a weight capacity of up to 220 lbs (when tested by themselves) but when the complete roof rack is installed on your 2013 Honda Accord, which includes the Foot Pack # TH480R and Fit Kit # THKIT1720, it is only rated for 110 lbs. This weight rating takes into account the roof rack and the roof of your vehicle so you don't want to exceed it. I did check the online owner's manual for your vehicle though and it looks like you can tow up to 1,000 lbs. This is the best way to transport your scaffolding.

To tow a small trailer with your Accord I recommend using the Curt Class I Trailer Hitch # C11681 and ball mount # C45571 for a 1-7/8" hitch ball or ball mount # C45572 for a 2" hitch ball. You can secure either one with the pin and clip # F-4.

You also need some wiring to activate the basic trailer lights. I recommend going with the Tekonsha T-One # 118586 if you have LED tail lights of T-One # 118596 if you don't have LED tail lights because we have fond the Tekonsha wiring to be the most reliable.

Attached are some installation videos that you can check out. Just be sure that your trailer is under 800 lbs dry and you are good to go.

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