Roof Rack Question

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 19:00
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GQ Patrol....Full length steel roof rack....

What sort of weight "not including the rack" is becoming dangerous for the centre of gravity scenario for a trip such as Cape York....
And i cant help but take a roof rack for those who may condemn me for taking one...._____________________________________________
Countin the days till July 4th. *Cape York Trip*
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 19:34

Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 19:34
What sort of things are you planning on putting up there?

EG is it HIGH HEAVY things, or just the tent and sleeping gear which would be the best bet in one of them canvas bags, and 2 spare tires on rims?

To many variables, some heavy things may be safer than others.

rough idea of what you intend to put up there.......
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 20:53

Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 20:53
Exactly as follows.......
2 x 20l jerries(50kgs) , one tyre on rim and one casing 33"(60kgs), alloy chest containing food(20kgs), 25litres of water (26kgs), hi lift jack on side mount with shovels (20kgs), around 180kgs + the weight of the roof rack.._____________________________________________
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 20:54

Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 20:54
PS. I already have 30kgs of water inside the vehicle with no room left at all._____________________________________________
Countin the days till July 4th. *Cape York Trip*
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 20:56

Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 20:56
PPS.. I weighed in tonight on a weighbridge at 2980kgs with me in it and full fuel tanks...
2340kgs normally.. but there is a heap of stuff inside..._____________________________________________
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Reply By: GOB member vic - Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 20:08

Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 20:08
voxson
i try not to load mine to much but spare tyre jerry cansx4 jack shovel and dont forget GVM of vehicle
stevewatch this space
only 40 sleeps to go but whose counting
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Follow Up By: GOB member vic - Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 21:03

Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 21:03
voxson
have you thought about buying a trailerto drag all the weight 120 ks max on roof and gvm shot to pieces
stevewatch this space
only 40 sleeps to go but whose counting
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 21:09

Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 21:09
it didnt seem like much to go on the roof, but after packing today i got a huge surprise...
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 20:13

Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 20:13
Also try to put heavy things to the cetner, not hanging on the edges....
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Reply By: desert - Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 20:40

Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 20:40
This is gunna freighten U, 120kg max.
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 21:00

Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 21:00
120 max + the rack .. right?_____________________________________________
Countin the days till July 4th. *Cape York Trip*
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Follow Up By: desert - Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 21:18

Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 21:18
No. 120kg max roof load.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 21:20

Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 21:20
Personal preference, but 200kgs sounds like a lot for gutters to hold on corrigated to $hit roads.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 21:48

Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 21:48
start repacking dude!!!! LOL....

you gotta find somewhere for another 60kgs of goods inside th car.
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Follow Up By: Michael - Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 22:03

Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 22:03
You could always leave the other half @ home!!
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Reply By: Michael - Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 21:27

Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 21:27
Sounds like a lot to me, think of the weight when the vehicle sways from side to side even in slow going rutted roads, them multiply that for corrugated roads or that gigantic pothole that you dont see. too heavy for me. Michael
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Reply By: Member - Allan - Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 23:05

Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 23:05
I think you will find most vehicles will go over the GVM. I got quite a shock when I put mine over the weighbridge and was close to the limit before even filling the fridge up. I don't see any way around it but suggest that you consider carrying just spare cases rather than complete rims and tyres. Cheers
Allan
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Reply By: Cam - Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 14:06

Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 14:06
Voxson, I know the dilema you are going thru as I had the same problem last year. Come to think of it I was on the Mitchell Plateau 12 months ago today. My only advise is to be ruthless with what you are taking. I limited myself to approx 140kg up top with an alloy roof rack. This consisited of 2 fuel jerrys 50kg (which I emptied at 1st opportunity), 2 Tyre casings 34kg (get some tyre pliers & spare tubes), 4 bed rolls 12kg (yes we has 2 kids in the back), tools 20kg, cast iron camp oven etc 15kg, air compressor 8kg & an axe 3kg after taking into account other smaller bits & pieces & the cover to go over it all it came to around 140-150 kg. Empty your jerrys & that comes down to 100kg. Drink all you beer & then you can move other items into the car. Use a tyre casing then another 17kg is freed up. Its a case of constantly adjusting for you load as you go thru your trip & remember to keep checking the load, the roof rack & the gutter mounts regularly. Just use your scone & you wont have any dramas.
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Reply By: Patrol22 - Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 15:10

Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 15:10
Voxson
Do you really need to carry extra fuel - I've done the Cape thing from Canberra and found that there was absolutely no need to carry extra fuel for myself - 2.8tdi GU Patrol. I have a range of 1000+km with the standard tanks - and nowhere in the trip to the Tip will you have to travel anywhere near that distance without fuel being available (ie unleaded or diesel).
Enjoy your trip.
Cheers
Pete
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Reply By: Patrol22 - Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 15:10

Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 15:10
Voxson
Do you really need to carry extra fuel - I've done the Cape thing from Canberra and found that there was absolutely no need to carry extra fuel for myself - 2.8tdi GU Patrol. I have a range of 1000+km with the standard tanks - and nowhere in the trip to the Tip will you have to travel anywhere near that distance without fuel being available (ie unleaded or diesel).
Enjoy your trip.
Cheers
Pete
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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Wednesday, Jul 02, 2003 at 17:04

Wednesday, Jul 02, 2003 at 17:04
Chris, they are, but the roof may not be. Most manufactures won't rate above 120 kgs (total).Smile, you're on ExplorOz
Rohan (Sydney - on the QLD side of the Harbour Bridge)
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Reply By: Member - Chris (W.A.) - Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 17:05

Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 17:05
I specifically remember an ARB rep stating that their racks are rated to 150kgs.
Remember to place heavy items such as jerries at each side of the roof rack right above the struts/pillars as these are the strongest points.
Do you have a cargo barrier?
I installed my own about three months ago and stack everything to the roof, pretty much now only keep a 45L water tank, shower tent, and 20kg oztent up there.
RegardsGibb River in July.
Chris
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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 22:30

Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 22:30
Ok then,,,,, heres the new plan...
25litres of water, tyre casing inside the vehicle and the hilift jack on the back door with the other spare which is about 65kgs freed up... Thanks for the input....
And the other ½ has stayed at home (she was coming but work commitments nabbed her) "sucks" but thats life...

And to respond to your comment "patrol22" about fuel range, i have a range of 350kms on 77litres on unleaded petrol an i am unsure of where to purchase LPG through QLD on the way to the Cape....

Regards........._____________________________________________
Countin the days till July 4th. *Cape York Trip*
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Tuesday, Jul 01, 2003 at 16:50

Tuesday, Jul 01, 2003 at 16:50
Voxson
You should be able to get gas in Cooktown now - at the ampol in the left as you enter town. Don't think you can get it in Weipa but that may have changed now also. Depending which way you are heading north ie through Bourke/Barcaldine/The Lynd etc or through major centres on the coast will determine the availability of gas. Generally, west of the Great Divide it is not readily available. Must be because of all those diesels out there.
Have a good trip.
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Reply By: xr500 - Wednesday, Jul 02, 2003 at 13:31

Wednesday, Jul 02, 2003 at 13:31
book in at a crash repairer at cairns and have a new roof fitted.!!!!
hehe
yours truelly
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