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Old 06-17-2013, 08:05 AM   #1
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OEM Roof Rack Guidance

Just wondering if any of you guys had experience with hauling a mattress while utilizing the oem stowaway roof rack? all i got is ratchet straps just wondering whats the best way to strap the mattress down securely..don't have the roof rack just yet i just ordered it so i really dont have a visual on how im gonna do this. i'm driving from NYC to MISSOURI...fml...
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:43 AM   #2
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What else are you going to have in the bed? Cap or no cap? Need more info to give any advice.
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I don't know if I'd haul a mattress 1200 miles strapped to my roof. Is it a tempurpedic or one of those fancy ones that its actually worth hauling that distance? Or is it just a regular box spring and mattress that you can leave behind and buy new when you get there? I'd rent a U haul trailer and put my junk in there for moving before I'd kill my gas mileage or someone else by strapping something that big to catch the wind on my roof.
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I don't know if I'd haul a mattress 1200 miles strapped to my roof. Is it a tempurpedic or one of those fancy ones that its actually worth hauling that distance? Or is it just a regular box spring and mattress that you can leave behind and buy new when you get there? I'd rent a U haul trailer and put my junk in there for moving before I'd kill my gas mileage or someone else by strapping something that big to catch the wind on my roof.
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I don't know if I'd haul a mattress 1200 miles strapped to my roof. Is it a tempurpedic or one of those fancy ones that its actually worth hauling that distance? Or is it just a regular box spring and mattress that you can leave behind and buy new when you get there? I'd rent a U haul trailer and put my junk in there for moving before I'd kill my gas mileage or someone else by strapping something that big to catch the wind on my roof.
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That would be a sail.. like the others said..

I would assume you can just put the hooks straight on the rack, if your dead set on doing it..
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i have a bestop camper on my bed and it will loaded with some other furniture. So what you guys are saying is im better off folding up the camper and placing the bed in there?

if it was up to me i would leave the bed but I'm moving my sister's furniture and shes pretty set on keeping it...don't ask me why?!?!

the trailer crossed my mind but i figured it would just kill my gas mileage more than a bed would
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Assuming you get similar mileage to mine, it would cost about $100 extra in gas- may or may not be worth it, it's up to you. The bigger issue is how strong (or not strong) the racks are. They can hold the weight of the mattress, but the amount of lift and drag generated by a mattress (and box spring?) could easily rip the crossbars right out. You would need to tie it down front and rear to hold it in place.
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i have a bestop camper on my bed and it will loaded with some other furniture. So what you guys are saying is im better off folding up the camper and placing the bed in there?

if it was up to me i would leave the bed but I'm moving my sister's furniture and shes pretty set on keeping it...don't ask me why?!?!

the trailer crossed my mind but i figured it would just kill my gas mileage more than a bed would
I think the bed on top of your truck would be worse for MPG. Add to that the safety factor and the trailer is looking like a good option to me. JMO
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Another recommendation for the trailer. Keeping the mattress clean and dry will be nearly impossible without a trailer. If you can't get to the destination without destroying it, it's not worth the effort and expense.

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IMHO, your sister should be footing the bill for your gas if you are putting wear and tear on your ride. BTW, it's easier to tow than it is to carry stuff on your roof. You will be changing the aerodynamics adding height, but the trailer will be in your slipstream.

Tell your sister to leave the fartsack behind and buy a new one when she arrives in Missouri, sounds like this is causing you a headache anyway. Good luck in your decision, but everyone here has given excellent advice against tying a bed on the roof.

I'd be all nerved up moving a bed in the fashion you want across town, let alone a move 10 states away!
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Yes, thanks guys for the advice...i will be returning the roof rack back to the stealership(had to buy it from there due to availability and shipping dates).

my sister will be paying for all my gas...leaving wednesday morning for new york wish me luck.
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