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How much weight will my roof carry

Discussion in 'Series Land Rovers' started by cornish rattler, May 11, 2020.

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  1. cornish rattler

    cornish rattler Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys
    Can anyone tell how much weight a series 2a/3 88" hard top roof will carry please, looking at fitting a roof tent :)
     
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    Rodeo Joe Well-Known Member

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    2 deck chairs and a couple of fat blokes. I'd be looking at roof bars to support any weight for travel though.,......
     
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    cornish rattler Well-Known Member

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    Yeah I've not fully decided on what to support it on as I half like the roof bar idea and I also like the roof rack idea as well hence why I want to know what the roof will carry ;)
     
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    Don't know the figures for an 88 sorry, but bear in mind that there is a big difference between the quoted figure which is dynamic and the acceptable static load. Personally I would not want more than about 150 Kg up there when off roading, regardless of the vehicle type, and even then I would take care and avoid obvious risks like traverses. Once parked though I will happily double that as the missus and I climb in.
    Roof tents vary a lot but 50 -70 Kg is normal and a roof rack can be almost as heavy. Roof bars are much lighter.
     
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    cornish rattler Well-Known Member

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    Yeah the landy won't be used for off roading other than crossing a camping field as the landy is used for fishing and metal detecting trips :D
     
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    Agreed, there's several things that limit the roof load. The biggest is probably the driving stability/handling. That will be the limit in the manual, that is assuming the load is also passing through strong points. I agree you could more than double that at least for a static load. Do try to look at the Wheeler Dealers episode, they put a strip of mild steel into the roof joint - something like 2"x 3/16 then weld uprights to it to carry the roof tent. The fabbing is simple - its all flat bar. Thinking about our camper - OK its LWB but it has the Dormobile roof, that takes 2 to lift, then it would have two adult bunks on the metal roof once the pop up roof is up. We put a platform up instead. But we also have a metal box on the roof rack over the cab with an inflatable boat. The load on the roof will be low, otherwise it will bend, but the gutters are strong, especially over the reinforcing uprights. I don't think you need to worry, you may be overthinking this one:

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    Even good old Fred Dibnah:
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    rob1miles Well-Known Member

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    There may or may not be a roof rack under this lot, (I do like the kids toy car on the top - I thought we had an issue with over packing!)
    Intersting the alpine windows are in one piece (well on one side anyway)
    I would say this is about the limit. are you planning for more?
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    Judging by the way that door fits, I'd say that was slightly over the limit!
     
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    Land Rover Handbook for 88 series 3 quotes maximum roof rack load as 50kg or 112lb.
    Hope this helps
     
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    Thats probably a snapped chassis.
     
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    rob1miles Well-Known Member

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    But it's still going!
     
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    cornish rattler Well-Known Member

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    Cheer's guys once we can all go out properly I will start looking :D
     
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    This is very neat, I think its his own design/build:
     
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    Just buy a normal tent FFS and enjoy.
     
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    What is the advantage of being on the roof? I'm curious, as I've a trip in mind that might be too far from hotels.
     
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    How far from hotels? Lions, wolves, dingos. OK if its the UK, mud and rain soaked ground, and the bother of guy ropes. We have a pop-up roof and I think this is the best solution. We do quite a lot of "stealth" camping - pull up, look normal unitl its dark, pop roof and sleep. This greatly downplays the hour of faffing about between poping the roof up and having beds sorted, stuff out the way and (allow another hour) a child who's cleaned their teeth and got into bed.
    And this won't happen to you :
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...estival-run-car-moved-dangerous-campsite.html
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-50137051
     
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