Whether you’re traveling in an SUV, wagon, or pickup truck, your overlanding rig will likely benefit from a good roof rack. Luckily, there are a ton of great designs, styles, and construction-materials to choose from. So, whether you’re just looking for a place to hook an awning to or if you’re planning to strap a couple hundred pounds of gear to your roof, there’s a roof rack to fit your needs, rig and budget.
ARB 4×4 ACCESSORIES — Flat Roof Rack
The ARB 4×4 Accessories aluminum flat roof rack utilizes existing ARB fit kits to provide a lightweight and robust storage solution without the bulk of a traditional rack. The flat rack application is strong enough to support up to 330 pounds of static weight and the alloy version comes with an Amplimesh floor for the ability to customize your load carrying configuration with numerous tie down points. The flat rack comes standard with Zinc rich primer and is finished with a millennium powder coat.
Addictive Desert Designs ADD-Lander Overland Rack
The Add-Lander rack for current-model JT Jeep Gladiator is built using steel plate and tube construction to insure your Jeep can carry all of the weight of your roof top tent with the ability to mount most any accessory to the side rails. The Add-Lander rack mounts to the stock rail system and therefore does not require any additional drilling or cutting. This rack is a great combination of a well thought-out chase rack and overland cargo system in one.
Front Runner — Slimline II
The Slimline II adds a low-profile rack and platform to add some versatility for cargo. Able to be mounted to existing mounting points on the vehicle, the kit includes foot rails and a powder-coated aluminum tray and doesn’t require any drilling. It’s available for most popular overlanding vehicles.
MSRP: $715.00 and up
Warrior Products — Universal Platform Rack
Warrior Products produces a simple and effective steel platform rack solution that can be attached to most standard overland vehicles. The universal platform rack mounts to the roof using a single bolt with a polyurethane bushing that provides a buffer between the metal as well as providing a seal to keep water out. The rack comes standard with black powder-coating. Warrior product universal racks are available in numerous sizes to fit most overland vehicles.
Garvin Industries — Expedition Rack, Jeep Wrangler JL 2-Door
Jeep Wrangler owners can look to Garvin Industries’ Expedition Rack for a durable system that can haul a generous amount of gear, as well as support a tent. Available for 2 and 4-door Wranglers, the Expedition Rack can hold up to 300 pounds of gear, or 600 pounds of static weight. There are also various accessories that can be attached for light bars, ladders, crossbars, and other gear. Similar racks are available for older Wranglers, as well as the Jeep Cherokee, Toyota FJ Cruiser, Nissan Xterra, and other SUVs and trucks.
Rhino-Rack — Pioneer Platform
The Pioneer Platform is ideal for overlanders with SUVs who need to load a ton of gear up on the roof. The Rhino-Rack brand is known for the longevity of its products and for offering great support, both for its customers and in the types of accessories it creates for its racks. The Pioneer Platform is made from a non-corrosive aluminum- all of the strength with less weight.
Baja Rack — G5 Utility Roof Racks
The Utility Rack from Baja Rack is the ultimate solution in maintaining a stock-like roofline that will still fit in the garage and be able to support all of your gear on the roof. The design allows for installation without drilling or cutting and utilizing the stock mounting locations. The rack is built with one-inch tubing, is primed with rust inhibitive primer, and coated in black powder-coat for maximum longevity and durability.
Thule — Truck and Van Racks
Thule’s line of truck and van racks consist of various models for different vehicles that are simple to install and durable. The TracRac SR, for example, fits in a pickup’s bed without any drilling. It’s adjustable not only to fit various bed sizes, but also accommodate different cargo sizes. Thule makes racks for all pickups and vans, but also makes fitted versions for models including the Toyota Tacoma, Ford Transit, Ram ProMaster, and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.
Yakima — LockNLoad System
The popular LockNLoad system from Yakima also includes this heavy-duty rack platform. It neatly installs on the available crossbars part of the system, and the relatively low-profile base can support up to 330 pounds, depending on configuration. There are also various sizes to accommodate different sizes of vehicles, such as cars, wagons, and SUVs.
Front Runner— Load Bed Rack Kit
Front Runner has designed a bed rack specifically for the 2004-current Chevy Colorado with the ability to mount many of the Front Runner accessories in the bed of your Colorado. Some drilling is required, but adjustable legs allow for various height configurations allowing for various items to be mounted on top and still minimize wind noise and resistance. All components of this rack are made of black powder-coated aluminum.
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