I searched thru the owner manual, but couldn't find any reference to the maximum load allowable on the factory installed roof rack on my 2007 Expedition. I want to buy a 21 cu ft roof-top carrier, and want to make sure that the factory rack system can handle the weight/load.
Your vehicle is equipped with a roof
rack for transporting items on the
exterior of the vehicle. The
maximum recommended load to be
carried on the roof rack is 200 lbs
(90 kg), evenly distributed. The
cross-bars can be adjusted by using
the thumbwheels at each end. Use
the tie-down loops on the
thumbwheels to secure load.
To adjust the position of the
cross-bar (if equipped):
1. Loosen the thumbwheel at both
ends of the cross-bar (both
cross-bars are adjustable).
2. Slide the cross-bar to the desired
3. Firmly retighten the thumbwheels
at each end of the cross-bar.
Be sure to check that the thumbwheels are tight each time load is added
or removed from the roof rack, and periodically while traveling.
Always ensure that the load is secure before traveling.
Ford Motor Company recommends loading the roof rack only when
equipped with (optional) crossbars, to avoid unintended damage to the
Page 143 of my PDF version of the '07 manual. In the Driver Controls section.
I find having the PDF version of the owners manual very helpful in finding stuff although I had to constantly click Next when searching for "rack" as it stopped every time it found "track." Seems half the manual is devoted to the "entertainment systems."
Implied in Ford's note is that the weight should be on the cross bars, or at least much of it. That's how I read it. We've never used the rack.
Canoe? Just gotta hear your experience that THAT on the roof!