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Roof Rack Recommendation for a Tent and a Cargo Box on a 2015 Jeep Cherokee with Raised Rails

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I am looking to get a tent about 160 pounds and it’s a 2015 jeep Cherokee with raised factory rails. It would be nice to get a roof rack that can be used for other uses also. I.e storage case.

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We have just what you need! For a great quality rack that provides you with the support you need for a roof top tent or a cargo box, I recommend the following setup:

- Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars - Aluminum - 49" # RRVA126B-2 (black) or # RRVA126S-2 (silver)
- Rhino-Rack SX Legs # RRSX100

With this system, you receive the benefits of an extremely aerodynamic setup that ultimately leads to a quieter ride and increased fuel efficiency. The legs clamp right onto your raised rails for a quick installation and removal process. Since the Rhino-Rack crossbars have a maximum dynamic weight rating of 165 pounds, it is perfect for your 160 pound tent. The dynamic weight rating is the rating of the rack when in motion.

As far as mounting your tent, you need to make sure that your tent is rated high enough to hold the combined body weight of the campers. Since Rhino-Rack reverts the static weight capacity to the weight capacity of the tent itself, it is super important to make sure that your tent is rated high enough. The static weight capacity is the weight limit of the roof rack when the vehicle is in a stopped position. As long as the body weight of your campers is less than the maximum weight rating of the tent itself, you are good to go!

Another thing to keep in mind is to make sure your vehicle's roof is rated high enough to accommodate the weight you wish to transport. I recommend consulting with your owner's manual for guidance.

For a great cargo box/carrier that you can mount onto the crossbars, I recommend the Thule Force XT L Rooftop Cargo Box - 16 cu ft # TH6357B. This box clamps perfectly onto the Vortex Aero crossbars. One of the great features of the Force XT L is that it comes with a dual-opening lid that can be accessed from either side of the vehicle for easy loading/unloading. To make loading even easier, I always recommend the Rightline Gear Moki Door Step # RL100660 to give you a height boost. You will be able to fully open your trunk with the Thule Force XT L installed on your Cherokee.

I went ahead and attached great videos for you to check out.

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