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Canoe on the roof?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by Dante, Aug 15, 2018.

  1. Dante

    Dante Member

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    I've been wondering: With the all-glass roof, are their load limits for what you can attach? I've seen the vacuum cup bike rack for the roof, but that is not sufficient for the weight of a canoe. A friend of mine had simple foam pieces that we'd put on 4 corners of the canoe and attach to the roof with straps to either end of their car and through the rear window. Is this a possibility with a model 3? I thought I had come across something with the Model S only allowing roof racks for the sunroof version of the car (which is not an option for the model 3). Has anyone tried hauling a canoe on their roof? Who would you ask for an official word? I have found (and fear) that many tesla store employees just offer their opinion instead of knowledge of the car/company.
     
  2. ebmcs03

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    I wouldn’t do it. The pressure of the strap tightening on he glass will give it too much pressure.
     
  3. Jrzapata

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    I am waiting for the release of the roof rack. I think the solution you are thinking is too risky. The manual mentions an adapter that is yet to come.
     
  4. lotusland

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    You might want to consider a lighter canoe however you attach it. Having paddled the Boundary Waters, where you get to carry your canoe often, I can tell you that weights vary considerably. A cheap aluminum canoe can weigh more than twice as much as a nice kevlar canoe. The latter will also paddle a lot better.
     

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