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rooftop cargo box (skybox) on stock crossbars

I just got a Yakima Skybox 16. I understand our stock (2012) crossbars load limit is 100 lb. Since the skybox it almost 50 lbs. that leave me only 50lb for my stuff.
Is anyone have the similar rooftop cargo box on stock crossbar ? how much (the most) weight did ever put it in the box?
Is 100lb limit is the crossbar or the roof rail?
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I easily put 70-80 in my Thule which weighs about 45 lbs....I wouldn't worry about going up to a total of about 150

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thx Mattski, you use stock crossbars too?
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Yup, stock crossbars.

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Hi,

I'm also looking into getting a roof cargo box for my 2011 LE, with factor crossbars. 3pointer, if you're out there, I was looking at a Skybox 16 and was curious how it worked out for you.
Anyone else have any other models they would recommend?

Just to confirm something above, the weight limit for the factory roofrack system is 100lbs. Or is it 200lbs (100lbs from each crossbar)?
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Remember that weight in a roof-top box is at the highest point on the vehicle. This affects your center of gravity and handling.

My rule is to only put light, bulky objects (sleeping bags, clothes, etc.) in a roof carrier and keep the heavy stuff inside the vehicle.
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Thanks, yes it's helpful user tips like these that I need. Do you have a ~rule of thumb weight-wise, for up-top vs inside the vehicle?
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Thanks, yes it's helpful user tips like these that I need. Do you have a ~rule of thumb weight-wise, for up-top vs inside the vehicle?
As long as you're within the weight limits for the carrier and rack, you should be OK. But lighter than the maximum is better, speaking from nothing other than personal opinion.

My rule of thumb is to keep weight low, both for safety and because I like corners. If you get close to maximum weights on top of a vehicle (lumber, car top carrier or anything else) it behooves one to moderate enthusiasm when cornering.
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What component is the limiting factor for the "100 lb roof limit"? The factor cross-bars, the side-rails, or the roof itself? More to the point, is the weight limit higher
if one uses Yakima/Thule cross-bars across the factory side rails (instead of the factory crossbars)?
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What component is the limiting factor for the "100 lb roof limit"? The factor cross-bars, the side-rails, or the roof itself? More to the point, is the weight limit higher
if one uses Yakima/Thule cross-bars across the factory side rails (instead of the factory crossbars)?
My guess is the crossbars are the weakest link. I have easily had 200 lbs of lumber up top using Thule crossbars with no problem. At some point the rails would be a concern, especially in emergency braking or an accident, as the attachment points would be next concern. The roof itself is probably plenty strong for any downward force, but driving on the highway with plywood is gonna produce plentY of up force too.... So, can't say for sure, but, if coming back from local Home Depot driving slowly, the 200 should be fine. For loading up my Thule box for a long highway trip, I would definitely stay below 150 at the upper end.

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My logic matches that of Mattski. I'd stay under 150 regardless of load.

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