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Roof Weight Capacity

I searched the forums and most either list the roof rack limits or an older vehicle. I have a 2016 Versa Note. I have the Rhino 2500, limit 165lbs. However, the instructions say read your roof weight capacity in the manual. It's not in the manual, nor can I seem to find anywhere in the internet with Google. Does anyone know?

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I searched the forums and most either list the roof rack limits or an older vehicle. I have a 2016 Versa Note. I have the Rhino 2500, limit 165lbs. However, the instructions say read your roof weight capacity in the manual. It's not in the manual, nor can I seem to find anywhere in the internet with Google. Does anyone know?

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I would err on the side of caution:

Understand Your Car’s Dynamic Rating

What kind of car do you drive? An SUV? Coupe? Sedan? Wagon? It makes a difference. Every vehicle on the road has two rooftop weight limits, a dynamic, and a static rating. Dynamic capacity is the magic number and refers to how much the roof can hold when the car is driving down the road — and it’s not nearly as much as you’d think. On average, most cars, trucks, and SUVs can carry only about 165 pounds. That’s it. A 2017 Toyota Rav4, a four-wheel-drive SUV you’d expect to be able to haul all kinds of crazy gear, is only rated to 100 pounds.

“Each vehicle will differ,” says AAA’s Tamra Johnson, “Which is why drivers should consult their vehicle’s driver manual to determine weight restrictions.”

“Most vehicles are pretty limited; a couple hundred pounds max,” adds automotive writer Aaron Miller, who’s quick to point out that you also have to take into consideration the weight and shape of the cargo. “A kayak is light and aerodynamic. A mattress isn’t. Air can catch the mattress and cause lift, making the vehicle very unstable.”

The static rating, by the way, is how much the car’s roof can hold when the vehicle is standing still. It’s generally much greater than the dynamic rating because: a) the cargo weight is dispersed over the entire frame of the vehicle; and b) car roofs are by design built pretty tough (they do, after all, have to protect passengers in the case of a rollover).

But unless you’re planning to install a rooftop tent, you really don’t need to worry about your vehicle’s static rating. When it comes to hauling gear, the dynamic capacity is the figure you need to know ⏤ so once again, don’t forget to check that manual.
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Well, its not the roof technically as the roof rack clamps the roof rails. The bigger issue is having extra weight above will change the handling of the car when steering, lane changes, corners, etc.

I think the owners manual references roof weight limits.
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Well, its not the roof technically as the roof rack clamps the roof rails. The bigger issue is having extra weight above will change the handling of the car when steering, lane changes, corners, etc.

I think the owners manual references roof weight limits.
Both responses have been basically check the manual. I said in my original message that it's not in the manual. I know it's a lengthly document:

http://www.nissan.ca/content/dam/nis...Versa-Note.pdf

But if you find it please let me know. I see weight limit for the car, trunk, etc. Nothing about the roof.
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No, it does not spell it out, just tells you to subtract it from what you carry in your car and people. Still, you should be reasonable and maybe head to an empty parking lot and try steering, braking, etc with your load.

Now when it comes to aero, when you double your speed you get 4 times the wind resistance. So it maybe better to get a hitch and a hitch carrier for a bike vs a roof top.
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OP,

It may worth to ask (call, email, or chat) NissanUSA. It does not hurt to try.
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No, Im not suggesting your tow. Im suggesting you use a trailer to install something for your cargo needs like a cargo basket you may see behind some trucks. A bike rack. Curt hitches sells 1 1/4 hitch baskets for the V and have a 200 lb weight capacity.
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