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Aviator w/moonroof - roof rack capacity

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Hello.  Just got a '21 Aviator a few days ago.  I notice the max. recommended load capacity for the roof is 82 lbs.  I had planned to get a Thule box for extra cargo capacity while traveling with the three kids.  But the box I wanted (Motion XT Large) weighs ~40lbs. leaving only another ~40lbs. for cargo (i.e. clothes and whatnot).

 

Does anyone know if this limit is based on a structural limitation of the vehicle or if it's more of a center-of-gravity/handling/safety limitation?  Anyone have experience carrying a bit more than the recommended amount?

 

Thanks,
Skip

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53 minutes ago, skipdup said:

Hello.  Just got a '21 Aviator a few days ago.  I notice the max. recommended load capacity for the roof is 82 lbs.  I had planned to get a Thule box for extra cargo capacity while traveling with the three kids.  But the box I wanted (Motion XT Large) weighs ~40lbs. leaving only another ~40lbs. for cargo (i.e. clothes and whatnot).

 

Does anyone know if this limit is based on a structural limitation of the vehicle or if it's more of a center-of-gravity/handling/safety limitation?  Anyone have experience carrying a bit more than the recommended amount?

 

Thanks,
Skip

 

Hi Skip. It would be due to structural limitations. If you exceed the recommended limits, you will be taking your chances with your vehicle and possible warranty issues, if there should ever be damage, whatever the "experience" of others may be.

 

Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

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