Maximum Weight on Prius Roof

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  1. Gmer

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    Does anyone have any recommendations/experience as far as how much weight can be loaded on a roof rack on their Prius?

    I have a 2007, and would like to transport two 60 pound kayaks. Am looking at buying a Thule rack with two lift assist devices (Hullavator) that will add approximately 90 pounds (rack included), so to be safe I'd say 200 pounds would be on top of the car.

    Anyone know if this would be a problem?

    Thanks in advance!

    George
     
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    Greetings, new poster. The roof racks themselves typically give a weight limit in the range of 200 pounds. This amount is fine for Prius assuming the rack is well designed (Thule is, among others).

    You fuel economy will be reduced starting at about 40 mph, and the effect increases rapidly at higher speeds.

    There is an older thread here about risks of 'losing" the roof load at speed. You don't want that, so fasten everything securely.
     
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    Hi.

    I have had good luck with my Yakima racks. I have had two kayaks on there at one time. They probably weigh 100 pounds put together. Yakima advises not to put more than 100 - 120 pounds on the racks. I think 200 is pushing it, but you could try it.

    As far as weight on the roof, I don't think I would push much more than 150 pounds, but that is just my opinion.

    Also I should add, the Prius does well holding two kayaks. It blows around a little bit on the highway but all in all it's not bad. I drive to Maine from Massachusetts with two kayaks on the roof and back and average about 40 - 42 MPG's

    I would reference Thule and Yakima's websites for exact numbers.
     
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    Thanks much for the advice and sharing your experiences; I think I need to do a little more research to increase my comfort level this is doable.

    Best,

    George
     
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    Hi George. Have you considered a light weight trailer? Take a look at these links, they're from a guy called EV-NUT (aka Darell) who I believe is also a member of this forum.

    EV page

    SportsRig trailer
     
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    qbee42 My other car is a boat

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    That's the one we have. It's a very nice setup.

    Tom
     
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    George, what did you find out? I just saw a used hullavator for $125 but missing some parts I could buy online. Did you get it? I have 2007 prius also. Have been strapping my 2 heavy kayaks on thule bars upside down with foam cushions. I'd like to know if you or anyone ever got the hullavator to fit and work successfully. Thx
     
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    Barry3199, I carried two sea kayaks and/or a sea kayak and a canoe on top my 2007 Prius with no trouble whatsoever for several years using Yakima QTower/ [round] Crossbar. Max weight was probably around 120lbs. Would also recommend using the font and rear tie-downs, and fortunately the Prius has convenient places underneath the car to hook onto.
     
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