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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I don't think that anyone publishes that number but, I would not consider putting anything more than half or less of the average weight of max passenger load (assume the average passenger at about 165lbs) Reasoning behind this is that weight distribution is an important factor in how your vehicle handles. By adding weight above the vehicle, you are radically changing the center of gravity,(creating a "top-heavy" situation) making the possibility of a roll-over greater.
You also need to consider the weight of the load you are carrying inside the car. You don't want to exceed that number overall or it will cause "bottoming" and suspension damage.
So, if packing for a trip, keep the heaviest items inside the passenger compartment where the weight is between the front and rear wheels, next heaviest in the trunk and lightest in the roof addition. this will keep the roll center as low as possible and front to back weight distribution even. You may want to raise your tire pressure a few pounds as well to prevent a tire failure from overloading. Max pressure and weight load is marked on the sidewall of every tire.
One other item worth mentioning is to check your roof box after the first thirty miles or so. make sure it is still secure...I see far too many lying on the side of the road, likely because someone did not do that.!!
Posted on Sep 16, 2009
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