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Old 01-26-2007, 04:38 PM   #1
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Default What are the limits of the roof racks on my Rav4?

I am going to pickup a queen size mattress and box springs and my dad is going to take the mattress part in his van, but the box spring won't fit in the van(mattress is bendable and box spring is not).

I am planning to strap the box springs to the roof rack on my 2006 rav4 and it down with a bunch of rope. I also plan to drive this down the highway.

Can the roof racks and roof take the strain of this? I've never had a car with a roof rack before so this is new territory for me...

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Old 01-26-2007, 04:39 PM   #2
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How much do the racks weigh?

...because whatever it is, that's the limit.
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Old 01-26-2007, 04:40 PM   #3
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How much do the racks weigh?

...because whatever it is, that's the limit.
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Old 01-26-2007, 04:40 PM   #4
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I guess I am worried about the air resistance/lift driing down the highway and the stress that would put on the roof and the racks.
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Old 01-26-2007, 04:43 PM   #5
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maybe the manual will say?
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Old 01-26-2007, 05:05 PM   #6
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The manual says not to exceed 102 lbs on the roof luggage carrier, and do not exceed the vehicle overall length or width. I'm pretty sure a matress fits
those standards.

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A queen will be wider than the rack so ideally you need crossbars. Plus the lifting forces on the front could pull the rack off the roof. I would reconsider taking it on the highway.
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Yea, my main concern would be the forces from the mattress on the rack from going down the highway. I wonder if I can ghetto rig a spoiler to the front of the mattress...

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A queen will be wider than the rack so ideally you need crossbars. Plus the lifting forces on the front could pull the rack off the roof. I would reconsider taking it on the highway.
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T'was a 'your little piece of **** can't handle any more weight than the weight of the rack itself' joke.
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Ohhhh.... It appears you are not versed in the mighty powAr of the Rav4. It's a lot heftier than the older body style and a lot more powerful. It's got a V6 which produces about 275HP and is rated to tow a few thousand so it should be able to carry the racks + the weight of the car itself...

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Yea, my main concern would be the forces from the mattress on the rack from going down the highway. I wonder if I can ghetto rig a spoiler to the front of the mattress...
No, but you could run a strap or rope all the way from a rear tiedown lengthwise along the box spring to a front tiedown. Pad it somehow where it touches the paint.
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.... I also plan to drive this down the highway.
Driving as low as 35 MPH can still generate quite an amount of lift on something shaped like a mattress if there is enough wind being deflected from the windshield to the lower surface of your proposed rooftop "wing". Do yourself a favor and take the secondary roads.
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