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Thread: Securing a load on a car without a roof rack

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    Securing a load on a car without a roof rack

    Simples, is it legal? It is a bit big, not heavy, a 400 liter 30 kilo water tank that just won't fit inside the car, I have strong ratchet straps. Trouble is, I will be driving 700 miles with it on the car.


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    I don't see a problem.... towel on the roof to protect it, then ratchet straps over the tank and through the door openings to secure it... I've got an inflatable roof rack system that works on the same principle....

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    I wouldn't have a problem either as long as it's secured and not going to fall off. Hopefully the white hats would agree.
    Unsecured load = three points on your license.

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    I would say if you get pulled over the copper will probably grab it and try and pull it off the roof, if it doesn't move he can't really do much as long as the load is not putting the car over weight, the roof will have a max loading capability too but sometimes its listed for roof rails and not the roof itself. 30 kilos should be fine though, long as your not planning on filling it up, half ton on the roof may be an issue!

    P.S if its a big square bugger it might be cheaper to post it by courier, I remember a long time ago seeing a test of a car with two bikes on the roof, ona journey to Scotland from London it used so much extra fuel it would have been cheaper to put the bikes on a train and send them that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by popuptoaster View Post

    P.S if its a big square bugger it might be cheaper to post it by courier, I remember a long time ago seeing a test of a car with two bikes on the roof, ona journey to Scotland from London it used so much extra fuel it would have been cheaper to put the bikes on a train and send them that way.
    That test was by jock gear, it was only to stop you lot coming up here to steal our bikes
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