Load Capacity and Safety

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We are frequently asked how much weight our racks will carry. Rack capacity is different from the amount of weight that can be carried safely or without damaging the body of your vehicle. While our racks are rated to carry up to 1700 pounds, that does not necessarily mean you can, or should, carry such […]

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We are frequently asked how much weight our racks will carry. Rack capacity is different from the amount of weight that can be carried safely or without damaging the body of your vehicle.

While our racks are rated to carry up to 1700 pounds, that does not necessarily mean you can, or should, carry such a load on top of your rack. The manufacturer of your vehicle has specified a GVW (gross vehicle weight) limitation. That specified carrying limit is determined by factors such as the stock springs, tires, body strength, and other components. Additionally, you must remember that any load on top of your rack will significantly change the handling and braking characteristics of your truck and may increase the vehicle’s tendency to roll over. Overloading may also damage the bodywork of your truck. Never exceed the manufacturer’s cargo weight recommendations and use common sense when loading your vehicle.

If you carry building materials, plumbing pipe, or other common construction or maintenance equipment we can provide you with several job-specific accessories which will help you safely contain these types of loads. Many states now require latching mounts for ladder racks. Why take a chance on damage or injury?

If you are outfitting fleet trucks for an unusual trade or service application we can design special mounting packages for volume orders. Call our sales department to discuss your specific needs.

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