Hauling on the roof rack? 4' x 8' sheets

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Hauling on the roof rack? 4' x 8' sheets

Post by narlycharley » Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:46 am

Anyone haul 4 x 8 sheets of plywood or drywall with their vibe? I'm trying to think of the best way to do it. Thinking that I should bolt some 2 x 4's to the rack and then strap the sheets to the 2 x 4's. Thoughts? I can't seem to find anything via google searching.

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Re: Hauling on the roof rack? 4' x 8' sheets

Post by ehoff121 » Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:59 am

I think the official roof rack weight limit is around 30 lbs., so haul at your own risk...

The rails are wide enough that you probably can get away with not having cross bracing for the plywood sheets. For drywall, a few 1x3 pieces a couple inches wider than 4' should work, but know that the rack may not be as flat as the sheets, so you may want to shim the rear 1x3.

Not sure how you'd secure the bracing to the rack without making permanent holes- small clamps?

I would either use pallet wrap or lots of twine to tie the sheets to the roof.

Do you need a full 4x8 sheet or can you have the yard rip them to 2x8? That size will fit with the seats down. ;)
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Re: Hauling on the roof rack? 4' x 8' sheets

Post by andrewclaus » Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:20 pm

I did something similar on my Outback Wagon. I had some old 50" Thule rack bars. Thule wanted something like $300 for the set of clamps to adapt to the factory roof rack. So I bolted the Thule bars to the roof rack with carriage bolts and wingnuts. In order to carry anything flimsier than 3/4" ply, I lay a few 8' 2x4s on the bars first to support the sheets.

I don't think I'd try this with the Vibe rack. It just looks flimsier, too short, and more difficult to get a good bolted connection.

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Re: Hauling on the roof rack? 4' x 8' sheets

Post by SeattleJeremy » Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:21 pm

You won't have much trouble hauling around 2x4's that are less than 8' to 10' in the cabin (longer ones would need to stretch above the dash, kinda sketchy). However, each sheet of half inch 4x8' drywall is 50lbs, and half inch 4x8' plywood is 40lbs. Vibes can pull 1000lbs no problem, if you have a hitch and trailer, but I would not put that kind of weight on top of the car.

I suggest renting a truck.
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Re: Hauling on the roof rack? 4' x 8' sheets

Post by zbyers » Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:14 am

I'd say throw them on trailer if you have one, or haul with a truck. While you could probably put them on the roof, I'm not sure how you'd tie them down since they'll be wider/longer than the roof. The weight will also add up. I'm not entirely sure on the roof rack weight limit, but I'd think more than 3-4 sheets and you're exceeding it.
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Re: Hauling on the roof rack? 4' x 8' sheets

Post by xenictime » Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:54 pm

Have to echo others here: borrow or rent a truck. I’ve loaded many 8’ objects with everything flat but the drivers seat. I’ve hauled longer objects with the passenger front window open. Also with the rear open and bungeed. Toyota oem roof rack/ rails rated to 132 lbs. The vibe is a remarkably versatile machine with logical and ingenious tie offs and space utilization. My 2009 has California commercial plates because it’s been employed so often moving gear I’ve needed yellow zone parking since I bought it new over a decade ago. It’s not a truck. It’s not a cargo van. Try not to maim it unnecessarily.

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Re: Hauling on the roof rack? 4' x 8' sheets

Post by tommytipover » Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:40 am

I just put two eight foot 2X4's on the cross rails, use ratchet straps under the side rails.
Depending on how good of shape you are, you won't be lifting too many sheets up there.

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Post by tpollauf » Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:23 am

Nice. ;) Hopefully you didn't have very far to travel and not drive at highway speeds. How did that look from a side profile view?
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Post by Bookworm » Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:45 am

I hauled a queen sized box spring home on my car. tied tightly, and I drove back roads for the most part. Ropes cut into the rubber seal on the driver door - but I managed to hit 55 without losing anything.

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Re: Hauling on the roof rack? 4' x 8' sheets

Post by tommytipover » Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:50 am

tpollauf wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:23 am
Nice. ;) Hopefully you didn't have very far to travel and not drive at highway speeds. How did that look from a side profile view?
Oh yeah, surface streets only. I've got 2 Home Depot within ~5 miles of my fixer-upper house. :D

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