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alanaround

2016 Edge with Vista roof

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Morning,

 

I've had a look through some of the setups that people have performed on the previous model Edge with vista roof but has anyone got some pointers on after market options for a 2016 with the roof? Using Thule's configuration it comes up blank.. I'm happy to use towers and crossbars (for a roof box), I don't want to go down the route of adding the side rails.

 

Curious to see other folks' setups

 

cheers

Alan

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Sorry to see no one has responded to your question. Have you purchased a roof rack for your '16 Edge?

 

I am searching for a similar solution for my '17 Edge Titanium with Vista Roof. It looks like Etrailer has some recommendations and options from Rhino Rack, Yakima and Inno, including installation videos on a 2015 Edge with Vista Roof, but I will need to continue doing more research before I'm comfortable with buying a roof rack and throwing my two kayaks (39 lbs. each) on top. I also want to get a cargo basket for hauling camping gear (tents, tarps, chairs, etc.) from time to time.

 

My big concern is the single sentence that seems to govern the load capacity in my Owner's Manual (pg. 226 in my 2017 Edge Owner's Manual - Load Carrying). "The maximum recommended load, evenly distributed on the roof rack, is 100 lb (45 kg)." The manual makes no reference regarding the vista roof though. I have to believe that the max weight capacity would be different between a metal roof and a glass roof. Everyone says "check the owner's manual for the load capacity", but it doesn't seem that clear to me.

 

I just pulled up the 2017 Escape Owner's Manual and it clearly states:

"The maximum recommended load, evenly distributed on the crossbars, is:

100 pounds (45 kilograms) for vehicles without a moonroof

45 pounds (20 kilograms) for vehicles with a moonroof."

 

45 lbs.!?! That really scares me.

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If you follow that above mentioned link you will find my photo with a loaded sea kayak and recent reply from Yakima that states their newer style racks and towers weren't discontinued and support 165 lbs. DIASCLAIMER: Although my kayak is pictured on the car, injuries have prevented me from road testing it as of yet.

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Ford doesn't recommend installing anything on Vista roofs, simple as that. They do not offer any racks on vista roof-equipped models, there's a reason for that…much less putting two kayaks!!

 

Claude.

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What confuses me is the Lincoln is available from the factory with both the panoramic roof and roof rack. I've asked both Ford and Lincoln dealers if they could install that on my Ford Edge and they say no. I've parked my 2017 Edge next to a Lincoln and compared roofs and the roofs look very similar, so that I would think that the Lincoln roof rack could be added to a Ford. Has anyone looked into that option in detail?

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