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Roof Rack Weight Capacity on 2019 Ford Escape with Moon Roof

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Ford Escape manual notes moon roof loading capacity at 45 lbs. What exactly does that mean and how are people loading two kayaks on this roof?

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I checked your owners manual and the weight capacity of 100 lbs without moonroof or 45 lbs with moon roof are for the factory crossbars. Granted, aftermarket crossbars won't greatly increase the capacity, so carrying two kayaks on a moon roof Escape is not a great idea.

If you don't have the factory roof rack, then I recommend the Yakima JetStream Crossbars - Aluminum - Black - 60" Long - Qty 2 # Y00426 and TimberLine Towers # Y00147 which are rated for 132 lbs. These ratings are based on the non-moon roof fit.

You will need to determine what you are comfortable carrying on your roof. We defer to the vehicle manufacturer as the products are independently tested or only tested on certain roofs for their capacity.

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