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Old 01-25-2021, 09:48 PM   #1
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I am looking to get a rain gutter mount, roof rack/basket for my 240 wagon for a cross country trip.

What is the maximum recommended weight for the rain gutters?
The roof rack, which I am considering weighs 120lbs unladen.

Also, anyone have experience with ARB racks?
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Old 01-26-2021, 03:45 AM   #2
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I am looking to get a rain gutter mount, roof rack/basket for my 240 wagon for a cross country trip.

What is the maximum recommended weight for the rain gutters?
The roof rack, which I am considering weighs 120lbs unladen.

Also, anyone have experience with ARB racks?
The only mention of a year from your many posts seems to point to 1982.
Owner's manual for 1982 page 42 says:

https://volvornt.harte-hanks.com/man...DLGLGLT_02.htm

Roof rack (removable)
Permanent and removable roof racks are available from Volvo Accessories.
Observe the following points when in use.

Avoid point loads. Distribute the load evenly.
Place the heavy cargo at bottom of load.
Observe that center of gravity and handling are influenced by the load weight.
Increasing load size increases wind resistance.
Anchor the cargo correctly with a cord.
Drive carefully. Avoid rapid starts, heavy cornering and heavy braking.
Max. roof load is 220 lbs (100 kg).
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Old 01-26-2021, 10:34 AM   #3
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That seems pretty low; couldn't even install/use a rooftop tent with that weight limit....

I wonder if that designated roof load is for the actual roof or for the roof racks available at the time. Do they use different wording referring to roof rack weight limit?
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Old 01-26-2021, 10:41 AM   #4
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I definitely wouldn't put too much weight up there, those gutters can be flexed easily by hand.
I put my aluminum 12 foot boat up there once and won't do it again. Only 150 pounds evenly distributed yet you could see the gutters flexing too much for comfort.
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Old 01-26-2021, 01:33 PM   #5
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100kg is pretty standard roof weight limit.
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Old 01-26-2021, 02:36 PM   #6
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If you can flex your gutters by hand, you need to crush your car. I think you meant to say you can flex your TRIM.

This was for my 1500 mile move to Texas. Well over 300 lbs up there.
No problem, whatsoever.

The plywood was drilled and repeatedly zip-tied to the bars.
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Old 01-26-2021, 02:54 PM   #7
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I’ve done 300 pound loads on my 7/9 wagons no problem. I do use two sets of racks for large heavy loads though
Member redwood chair has posted pics of some serious loads on his wagon, so maybe he’ll chime in
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Old 01-26-2021, 03:02 PM   #8
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I mean, one can put any amount of weight they want up there. But the original question was:
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What is the maximum recommended weight for the rain gutters?
Which admittedly, I did not answer
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Old 01-26-2021, 09:06 PM   #9
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I really like the overland/safari look of the ARB and Gobi Roof basket Racks, but the 70"x44" are appx. 120lbs.
Should I go with something lighter like a Baja Mule at 66lbs or Thule Canyon at 39lbs?(+ the weight of the cross bars)
What would you guys recommend weight-wise for the rack itself?

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Old 01-26-2021, 11:53 PM   #10
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If you can flex your gutters by hand, you need to crush your car. I think you meant to say you can flex your TRIM.

This was for my 1500 mile move to Texas. Well over 300 lbs up there.
No problem, whatsoever.

The plywood was drilled and repeatedly zip-tied to the bars.
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This, I think your really only limited by your ability to put whatever you want up there.
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Old 01-27-2021, 12:14 AM   #11
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Old 01-27-2021, 12:44 AM   #12
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With each pillar designed to hold 3000 lbs and 6 pillars per car (8 for a wagon) the roof of a Volvo can hold over 18,000 lbs as demonstrated by this photo. Another car was going to be added to the stack but a gust of wind blew them down.

https://www.hemmings.com/stories/article/the-stack

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Old 01-27-2021, 01:10 AM   #13
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I think it depends on where they mount. If you have one closer to the pillars, no problem, you could likely build up a hefty camper setup on top.
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Old 01-27-2021, 03:52 PM   #15
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I also read that many of the roof load limitations are based on safety during a collision.
Would a correct conclusion be that they are not necessarily representative of the roof weight limitations?

It seems that the consensus here is that the pillars and roof are strong enough to support plenty of weight, but are the rain gutters strong enough?
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