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What Crossbar System Accommodates a Rooftop Tent on My 2017 Honda Accord?

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What roof top tent roof rack do you suggest for a 2017 Honda Accord? I am open to drilling options.

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For your 2017 Honda Accord with a bare roof without fixed mounting points, the best option is a system that involves drilling. This is because all of the non-drilling options for your vehicle include door jamb clamps that are not recommended for supporting the extra weight associated with a roof top tent setup. Manufacturers strongly discourage this because door jamb clamps setups can buckle and become detached with the weight.

With that being said, I recommend the following track system:

- Yakima 54" Tracks for Roof Racks # Y01127
- Round 58" CrossBars for Yakima Roof Rack System # Y00409
- x2 Landing Pad 1 for Yakima SkyLine and Control Towers # Y00221
- x4 Yakima Control Towers - Qty. 1 # Y8890027

With this track system, you installs permanently into your roof with the included PlusNut hardware. The tracks can also be shortened to match the exact length of your Accord. I went ahead and attached an installation video that walks you through the process of installing the tracks.

Since Yakima does not provide the weight capacity for their crossbar systems when in the static (non-moving) vehicle position, the total static weight of this rack depends entirely on the maximum weight capacity of your roof top tent. Also, it is important to note that you should not exceed the overall weight capacity of the roof itself. If you do so, there is danger of the roof collapsing. I strongly recommend checking with your vehicle's owner's manual to make sure your roof can handle the weight you wish to put on your roof.

If you need a tent, I recommend the Thule Tepui Foothill Rooftop Tent - 2 Person - 400 lbs - Agave Green # TH37HJ. The Tepui comes with a 400 pound weight capacity and comes with telescopic internal frame poles that allow for an easy, one-person setup and breakdown. It also includes a foam mattress for added comfort on your adventure.



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