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Love the setup and the reflection of the sky in the paint is slick. I do have a quick question (favor). I'm looking to pick up the base carrier bars from VW and I'm looking to get a rooftop tent. I was wondering if you know or could measure the the vertical (narrower part of the rail) thickness of the aluminum crossbar? I cannot find the bar dimensions anywhere.

OEM roof rack with bike attachment and OEM rear seat cover have been installed.
I need to protect the rear seats from my 2.5 year-old son.
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Love the setup and the reflection of the sky in the paint is slick. I do have a quick question (favor). I'm looking to pick up the base carrier bars from VW and I'm looking to get a rooftop tent. I was wondering if you know or could measure the the vertical (narrower part of the rail) thickness of the aluminum crossbar? I cannot find the bar dimensions anywhere.
If you're planning on sleeping up there it might not be a great idea. The maximum weight allowed including the carrier bars is 60kg or 132lb.
The bars weigh 5.5kg or 12.2lb, so you can add up to 120lb.
 

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That is a valid point. My understanding is that 132lb (or 165lb) rating is for dynamic loads or while driving. VW apparently doesn't publish the static load. I've also noticed VW publishes the same load rating across the Tiguan and Atlas. But I've seen many people install rooftop tents on Alltracks, Tiguans, Atlas, and Seat variants. I wish there was more data but I think enough people have done it for me to risk it for a biscuit.

If you're planning on sleeping up there it might not be a great idea. The maximum weight allowed including the carrier bars is 60kg or 132lb.
The bars weigh 5.5kg or 12.2lb, so you can add up to 120lb.
 

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That is a valid point. My understanding is that 132lb (or 165lb) rating is for dynamic loads or while driving. VW apparently doesn't publish the static load. I've also noticed VW publishes the same load rating across the Tiguan and Atlas. But I've seen many people install rooftop tents on Alltracks, Tiguans, Atlas, and Seat variants. I wish there was more data but I think enough people have done it for me to risk it for a biscuit.
Yeah I can see the rating being based on driving characteristics rather than structural strength. Do some other manufacturers publish both static and dynamic loads?
Sounds like it is pretty well tested in the real world. As long as you don't drive off with someone still up there!
 

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Love the setup and the reflection of the sky in the paint is slick. I do have a quick question (favor). I'm looking to pick up the base carrier bars from VW and I'm looking to get a rooftop tent. I was wondering if you know or could measure the the vertical (narrower part of the rail) thickness of the aluminum crossbar? I cannot find the bar dimensions anywhere.
I’ll take some measurements and pics of the manual for you later.
 

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Can anyone tell me where the key to the crossbars is stored? I just purchased my 22 Taos with roof racks and I need to put my bike rack onto them.
Did they come installed when you purchased it? If so, I don’t know. The dealer must have not left them in the car. I did it myself so they were in the box and I keep them in the glove box.
 
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