Hi all. i can't believe i'm in this predicament..
first off, does anyone know the weight limit on the roof rack (2002 4cyl Highlander)?
i live in tampa, FL and bought an awning that i need to bring to North Carolina. it didn't occur to me that an 18 foot awning would come all completely assembled in a 1ft diameter cardboard tube 19 feet long (weighing 126lbs)! (duh!!)
so here i am with this long pole i need to transport (now quit laughing!!)
it is too long to just support at the middle, so here is my plan. first, put my extension ladder on the roof rack to give it support, then the tube on top of that. (the ladder is 2 12 foot sections...so that would leave 3 feet in front of the ladder and 3 feet behind it unsupported...which i think would be ok for the 10 hour trip).
i can also tie the front and rear ends of ladder and tube to front and rear bumpers for added stability.
my main concern right now is weight...with both ladder and awning, it is going to be over 200lbs.
any thoughts, thanks, David S. - tampa, Fl