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Roof rack weight limit - can't handle two kayaks due to moonroof?

Adrenlin

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Looking for some input from anyone who has attempted this on either the 2020 or previous models with the moonroof... I have 2 kayaks that I'd like to get crossbars and mounts for. However according to the manual the maximum recommended load with a moonroof is only 75 lbs. The combined weight of the kayaks are 105 lbs not including mounting hardware. Has anyone exceeded the 75 lb rating with no issues? I know, it is a loaded question but worth asking :)
 
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I have not; however, I would consider placing the kayaks on a trailer before exceeding the maximum weight limit of 75 pounds set by the manufacturer. Just my thoughts. Good luck!
 

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I believe that the weight limit is due to its effect on the stability of the vehicle and not the strength of the roof.

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I believe that the weight limit is due to its effect on the stability of the vehicle and not the strength of the roof.

Peter
My wife constantly tells me I drive to slow, probably a safe bet that I won't run into any stability issues :)
 

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I believe that the weight limit is due to its effect on the stability of the vehicle and not the strength of the roof.

Peter
But the manual says you can put up 165 lbs with no moonroof....
 

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That's because the extra weight of the moonroof is removed.

Peter
Not wanting to make assumptions but if this is more of a stability issue while driving than an actual strength of the roof... If I am driving on pretty much flat roadways, and not taking corners at 60mph, it's probably safe to exceed the 75 lbs by 40 lbs give or take. If the answer is a definitive "Hard NO" I'll have to cancel my ST order and place a new order without the moonroof. Not being able to haul the kayaks on top of the ST will be a show stopper. No chance on getting my wife to tow a kayak trailer due.
 

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So not that you should follow my advice. But i have(had) the 16 explorer with glass roof and stock crossbars. I have the Thule 1600 box and regularly pack it to the gills and drive 80 on the highway. Never had an issue.
 

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Not wanting to make assumptions but if this is more of a stability issue while driving than an actual strength of the roof... If I am driving on pretty much flat roadways, and not taking corners at 60mph, it's probably safe to exceed the 75 lbs by 40 lbs give or take. If the answer is a definitive "Hard NO" I'll have to cancel my ST order and place a new order without the moonroof. Not being able to haul the kayaks on top of the ST will be a show stopper. No chance on getting my wife to tow a kayak trailer due.
I would think that you would be safe. I think this likely has to do with the old Ford/Firestone rollover issue. Ford Explorer Rollover
The weight restrictions on the 5th gen were actually lower.

Peter
 



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