Moderators mountainborn Posted February 14, 2009 Moderators Share Posted February 14, 2009 We test loaded a few things on the expedition rack and the trail rack today. We wanted to see about top heaviness, reduced fuel economy, wind noise, load shifting, adjust tie down points, ect.. The rachet straps all had to be twisted to eliminate chatter. Tarp straps had to be added to stop vibration and rattles. The car top carrier sits on top of two solar arrays of four panels each, a sheet of plywood then the cartop carrier. Betty's trike and a dish on the back. The dish is because we arent sure that our king dome won't be in the shadow of some large connifer trees. The trail rack has spare gas for the Yamaha generator, a chainsaw and saw gas mix. The cartop carrier was empty and so were the gas cans for this test. With everything full we estimate it will add about 200 lbs. At 60 MPH we lost about 2 MPG. Our thinking at this time is that we will drive secondary roads, taking extra time to travel to Colorado and reduce speed to 55 MPH for better mileage. So, what did it look like ? Here is a look, click photo for a larger view: Suggestions and input appreciated ! I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth 08' Oliver Legacy Elite HULL NUMBER 0003(sold) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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