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How to Mount a Tent with a 2017 Kia Sorento with a Bare Roof

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Im looking to try and put a roof mount tent on my 2017 kia sorento would this kit be able to handle that load and if not is there a way to up the load capacity to a point that would ? Y00421,Y00146,Y06159

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Since the kit that involves parts # Y00421, # Y00146, and # Y06159 in your question, I assume you have a 2017 Kia Sorento with a bare roof and no factory rails. If this is the case, while we do have a solution you can use, you unfortunately cannot mount a roof top tent to your roof. This is because all of the roof racks we carry use door jamb clamps to mount the crossbars to your vehicle. Manufacturers strongly advise against using roof racks that use this attachment style because the clips may collapse under the total weight of the tent and the added body weight.

The absolute safest route if you have a bare roof is to go with a trailer like the Yakima EasyRider # Y08129 or the EasyRider with the SkyRise HD Tent # Y08129-3727. Since the trailer is completely stable and doesn't require to be mounted to your roof, there is no worry about collapsing under the added weight. The EasyRider is perfect for a 2-inch receiver like the Draw-Tite # 75908.

You may need a rise/drop adapter to get the trailer level since the coupler height of the EasyRider is 16" tall. I went ahead and added a product listing that has rise/drop adapters with the required 2" hitch ball for the trailer. You also need a 4-way wiring harness # 118269 (for models with a tow package) or # 118583 if you don't have a plug installed already to activate the trailer's tail lights.

I also went ahead and attached some helpful videos for you to check out.

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