I was curios about the weight limit on factory racks. I drive an 02 santa fe and it has sticker saying 75 lbs evenly distributed. Well this weekend my entire fleet must hit the road. I can get one canoe and two kayaks on my trailer but that leaves the 80+lb. old town canoe to go on top of car. I figure Im within the safety factor for the factory racks but once considering the extra force from straps and bow and stern lines I might over load.
Full Size Sail Rig
4-place Boat Trailer
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Well, My Trust Ended In the Late '90's|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Aug-09-13 9:16 AM (EST)
I have never trusted factory racks and .|
Posted by: JackL on Aug-09-13 10:42 AM (EST)
unusually low weight limit|
Posted by: jesse59 on Aug-09-13 2:44 PM (EST)
75lbs is pretty wimpy even by factory rack standards.
You might go to 100, but don't tie your |
Posted by: ezwater on Aug-09-13 5:09 PM (EST)
end ropes down too hard.
Posted by: Howeld on Aug-09-13 6:00 PM (EST)
Thanks for insights. In 7 years I've had this car I've never had reason to place this canoe on roof. I have always trailered it. Who wants to lift 80 lbs that high anyway. I may remove cross bars and get some of those foam blocks and place directly on roof. Either way i will likely take the the state routes and not interstate. Double nickel all the way.
How air loads work|
Posted by: mrmannerz on Aug-09-13 5:41 PM (EST)
Aerodynamic loads increase by the square of the speed.
Posted by: carldelo on Aug-09-13 5:56 PM (EST)
Posted by: mrmannerz on Aug-09-13 6:08 PM (EST)
everything is fine and dandy as long as everything goes as planned.
Posted by: carldelo on Aug-09-13 11:42 PM (EST)
definitely agree that things can go south quickly if the boat goes askew. Same goes for oscillation due to buffeting by trucks or crosswinds. I'm spoiled by a rack system that prevents almost all of this, so don't have to worry about it too much.
Santa Fe rack|
Posted by: willowleaf on Aug-10-13 1:28 AM (EST)
I hauled boats on Thule crossbars attached to the factory rack on an '03 Santa Fe for two years, including for one short trip both a 75 lb plastic canoe plus a 46 lb kayak. If you include the add on rack components that was pushing 150 lbs. I regularly hauled the 46 lb boat plus a 62 lb boat together on that car, even at highway speed. No signs of stress on the factory rack. I tend to think the racks are rated far lower than they will actually withstand. I always use stout bow and stern lines to the bumpers plus heavy Thule nylon straps, wrapped around both the add on and factory rack.
gotta go w/G2d here|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Aug-10-13 10:33 AM (EST)
use the limit and discretion as a guide.
What you could do ...|
Posted by: Kocho on Aug-10-13 3:59 PM (EST)
No Problems today|
Posted by: howeld on Aug-10-13 8:23 PM (EST)
Today loaded the canoe on the factory rack. Used 4 heavy duty ratchet straps to secure the boat to the car. Took special care not to put much downward force on the racks but still be secure. Kept speed down to under 60mph on the two hour drive each way.
Never use ratchet straps !|
Posted by: jackL on Aug-11-13 6:54 AM (EST)
You can damage your canoe or worse, your rack system.
Or better yet -|
Posted by: rpg51 on Aug-11-13 7:22 AM (EST)
use 1/4 or 3/8 inch rope and trucker's hitches. Less chance of failure imho. You do have to know how to tie the knots properly.
Factory racks or.....?|
Posted by: lyngo on Aug-11-13 8:27 AM (EST)
I'm confused whether your talking about the racks that are bolted into the car roof, or the bars that you actually place the kayak on. I replaced the bars that the kayaks rest on, but the factory racks seem rock solid and are bolted in at 6 points to the roof so I can't imagine them causing a problem.
good question, and a recommendation|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Aug-11-13 11:04 AM (EST)
regardless, if one has enough confidence in using factory rails, whether or not one uses bow and stern lines, one really ought to tie off onto the rail in addition to the crossbars.