If you are into 4×4 off-roading, then you’ll have no choice but to be into 4×4 accessories. Sooner or later you will be looking for a good quality Roof Rack. Maybe you’re planning a trip that is a bit longer than usual and you need to take extra equipment with you. Or it could be that the place you want to get to just isn’t fit for a trailer, so loading the roof is your only option. Whatever the reason there are a few things you will want to think about before you decide which roof rack you buy.
Weight of your roof rack
There are two main parts to the weight you need to look at. Firstly, the roof capacity of your 4×4. If your loaded roof rack exceeds the guidance that you 4×4 manufacturer has put on the vehicle, then you’re not only taking a safety risk, but rendering your insurance void.
The other thing to think about is the actual weight of the rack. The lighter it is the more your load can be. This means if your maximum capacity is 100kg some racks are as heavy as 60kg leaving you only 40kgms to play with. There are some 4×4’s that have the capacity to take up to 200kg, which is double the usual loading weight so it’s definitely worth checking.
Generally, all the heavy stuff shouldn’t go on top of your vehicle. The most useful way to load the roof rack is to put for lightweight, bulky items such as your rooftop tent and clothes in the roof rack. Keep heavy items inside the vehicle. This will reduce your chance of damage and improve your centre of gravity.
Design of your roof rack
Having a low profile is a good idea as it will give you less wind resistance. This can be incorporated into the roof rack you buy. It also makes accessing the roof rack a lot easier.
Get a roof rack that specifically states it is suitable for off-roading, yes you can get 4×4 roof rack that isn’t suitable for off-roading (for those that have 4×4 as a family car), so pay attention to the manufacturer guidance.
Plenty of tie-down points is an advantage. You’ll be grateful when you come to load up and find you have plenty of places to attach straps and ropes and secure everything that you need. If you know what you will be carrying before you buy, you might want the versatility of a modular design where you can get accessory bolt-ons like bike holders and jerrycan mount.
Material of your roof rack
What your roof rack is made of is important. We’ve already mentioned the importance of getting the correct weight. It might cost you a bit more but it’s definitely worth investing in an aluminium roof rack. They offer the same amount of sturdiness as their steel counterpart but weigh a lot less.
It can be tempting to buy a cheap roof rack online, and yes they might appear to look sturdy and have some of the specs you’re after. But often, these just don’t have the quality and finish. They can ultimately end up damaging your vehicle and be less aerodynamic.
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