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Roof Rack Needed for Rooftop Camper on 2005 Nissan Pathfinder with Raised Rails


I have a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder LE with raised crossbars. I purchased a roof top clam shell camper that weighs 160c lbs. I found that the cross bars on my roof are rated to 150 lbs. that sounds unsafe so I am looking for a solution. I have been looking at cross bar and foot pack sets from Thule and from Rhino rack. But I am having a hard time finding something rated for more than 165 lbs. Thule apparently makes one in a 53 inch cross bar which is wider than my roof. Do you have a solution for me? Thank you


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I recommend using the Thule WingBar Evo setup for your 2005 Nissan Pathfinder:

47" WingBar Evo Crossbars - Black # TH711220 or Silver # TH711200
Rapid Crossroad Feet - # TH450R
Lock Core Kit - # TH450400 (optional)

This has a weight rating of 165 lbs which will be enough to support the weight of your clam shell camper when empty. The 165 lb rating is called the dynamic rating which means when the vehicle is in motion. The static rating (when the vehicle isn't moving) will be higher and should be enough for your application. If you look at the instructions for the rooftop camper it should give some specs on what type of roof rack system to look for just so you can make sure this will work.

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