Ever Wondered How to Pack a Roof Rack?
A heavy-duty roof rack is truly one of the most useful and underrated accessories you can add to your 4×4. While not as flashy as a shiny pair of new spotlights, a roof rack is the one accessory that brings endless possibilities for carrying and storing important outdoor and campsite gear. Many people are not confident when it comes to packing their roof racks, which is why we will take a closer look at just how to pack a roof rack securely so that you can traverse those off-road trails with confidence.
These tips will help secure your gear and will put a stop to any worries you might have when embarking on a long drive. When you pack a roof rack correctly, you minimise the risk of damage to your vehicle, roof rack, and cargo, by making it easier to secure awkward or bulky cargo like canoes. These tips also shorten your packing and unpacking times, because who wants to spend hours doing that?
Tips on How to Pack Your Roof Rack
While the ability to tie knots and a good few metres of quality rope are always handy when packing a roof rack, many adventurers prefer securing their cargo using a good set of ratchet straps. We recommend that you have three or four straps to securely hold your cargo. A sound tip that never fails is to secure your bulkiest and heaviest item first, thereby ensuring they are firmly tied to the rack.
You cannot get away from the importance of having a firm base for your gear. By lashing everything down tightly, your cargo is held firmly against the rack’s heavy-duty steel base and will not become dislodged, even if you hit the rockiest of patches on the trail, or tackle the steepest of inclines. Avoid falling into the trap of trying to secure a heavy item on top of a soft or unstable one underneath. While it may appear secure at first, you will see the cargo start to shift after you have travelled a few kilometres and hit a few bumps in the road.
Old Towels Are Your Friend
In your quest to pack your roof rack properly, old towels will most probably come to your rescue every time. If you do not have old rags, invest in a metre or two of marine carpeting you can get from any hardware store. Tear a few lengths and use that. Ultimately, you want a good few bits of tough and thick fabric handy to protect your cargo from the ratchet straps. If you have items you want to protect from the scuffing that inevitably occurs when pinned against the steel rack, place the material between the two. It works like a charm and will keep your roof rack looking great for longer too.
In Search of Quality Roof Racks? We Have Them
If you are looking for tips on how to pack a roof rack, or looking to buy a quality and sturdy roof rack for your 4×4, we are your first choice. Our fitment centre will also fit the new roof rack to your vehicle and give you further advice on how to load it properly. We are your one-stop shop for all the off-road gear and accessories you need to make the most out of your next off-road adventure.
We also sell off-road caravans and trailers, as well as rooftop tents. These are only a few of the many quality products and accessories you can look forward to purchasing when dealing with us. Contact us to discuss your needs in person, and for all the advice you need on how to pack a roof rack securely.