Toyota 4Runner: Rhino Rack Weight Limits

Below is a table of Rhino Rack weight limits for Toyota 4Runner: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. The primary use of this data is for carrying rooftop tents. I’ve included data on road dynamic weight limit, off road dynamic weight limit, static weight limit and rack weight. This information is included in the calculations section.

Toyota sets a maximum roof weight of 120lbs which I assume is for off road driving.

In this article, How to Fit a Rooftop Tent, I discuss three cases of people mounting a rooftop tent on a 4Runner.

I have spent a lot of time trying to understand this confusing weight limit data in order to make sense out of it. However, you should validate your rack’s weight limits with the dealer in case I made a mistake. Report any mistakes in the comment section.

All the weights are the same except for the rack weight. That’s because the limiting factor (the 120lbs) is the vehicle not the rack. Heavier racks mean less carry weight available to you.

RackOn Road Dynamic Load LimtOff Road Dynamic Load LimtStatic Load LimtRack Weight
Pioneer SX Platform (60" x 49") JA9133 [With factoy rails]175lbs118lbs529lbs43lbs
Vortex SX Silver 2 Bar Roof Rack - JA9142 [With factory rails]175lbs118lbs529lbs11lbs
Pioneer Platform (84" x 49") RLT600 - JA9046 [Without factory rails]175lbs118lbs529lbs61lbs
Vortex RLT600 Trackmount Silver 3 Bar Roof Rack - JA8992 [Without factory rails]175lbs118lbs529lbs17lbs
Vortex RLT600 Trackmount Silver 2 Bar Roof Rack - JA8988 [Without factory rails]175lbs118lbs529lbs11lbs
Heavy Duty RLT600 Trackmount Silver 3 Bar Roof Rack - JA8994 [Without factory rails]175lbs118lbs529lbs17lbs
Heavy Duty RLT600 Trackmount Silver 2 Bar Roof Rack - JA8990 [Without factory rails]175lbs118lbs529lbs11lbs

Usage: Cargo Weight = Dynamic/Static Weight – Rack Weight

Cargo Weight: How much you can put on your rack?

Weight and Load Factors

The weights and load factors are used in the calculation section.

  1. Roof Allowance (kg) – Maximum weight on roof
  2. Off road load factor – (roof allowance)/(off road load factor)
  3. Static load multiplier – multiplier x roof allowance
  4. Rack weight (kg)

Pioneer SX Platform (60″ x 49″) JA9133 – 80, 1.5, 3, 19.5

Vortex SX Silver 2 Bar Roof Rack – JA9142 – 80, 1.5, 3, 5

Pioneer Platform (84″ x 49″) RLT600 Unassembled – JA9046 – 80, 1.5, 3, 27.5

Vortex RLT600 Trackmount Silver 3 Bar Roof Rack – JA8992 – 80, 1.5, 3, 7.5

Vortex RLT600 Trackmount Silver 2 Bar Roof Rack – JA8988 – 80, 1.5, 3, 5

Heavy Duty RLT600 Trackmount Silver 3 Bar Roof Rack – JA8994 – 80, 1.5, 3, 7.5

Heavy Duty RLT600 Trackmount Silver 2 Bar Roof Rack – JA8990 – 80, 1.5, 3, 5

Calculations

Pioneer SX Platform (60″ x 49″) JA9133

  • With factory rails.
  • Load Limit: 175lbs (Specifications)
  • Information from platform instructions for 44100B.
  • Maximum load: 80kg or 175lbs
  • Off road load factor: 1.5
  • Static load multiplier: 3 (estimated *)
  • Manufacturer maximum roof weight **: 120lbs or 54kg (based on 2019 4Runner)

* How do I estimate the static load multiplier? Look at the table below:

Vehicle + Leg + PlatformOn Road Dynamic Weight LimitOff Road Dynamic Weight LimitStatic Weight LimitOff Road LoadStatic Multiplier
FORD Everest (Flush Rails) 10/15 On RFEB1 42102B100kg96kg360kg1.043.6
FORD Ranger PX/ PXII Double Cab 10/11 On / PXIII (Raptor) RFRB1 + RTS525 42100B100kg67kg320kg1.53.2
HOLDEN Colorado Crew Cab (Roof Rails) 06/15 On RIDB1 42100B100kg80kg320kg1.253.2
HOLDEN Colorado Crew Cab 06/12 On RIDB1 42100B100kg80kg320kg1.253.2
ISUZU D-Max TF Crew Cab 06/12 On RIDB1 42100B100kg80kg320kg1.253.2
ISUZU MUX-X LS-T, LS-U and LS-M 4dr 12/13 On RIMBI 42102B120kg96kg360kg1.253
JEEP Wrangler JK 2dr 02/11 On RJKB2 + RLCP39 42111B100kg67kg240kg1.52.4
JEEP Wrangler JK 2dr 02/11 On RJKB2 + RLT600 42111B100kg67kg240kg1.52.4
JEEP Wrangler JK 4dr 02/11 On RJKB1 + RLCP38 42108B120kg80kg360kg1.53
JEEP Wrangler JK 4dr 02/11 On RJKB1 + RLT600 42108B120kg80kg360kg1.53
JEEP Wrangler JL 4dr 02/18 On RJLB1 + RLT600 42108B120kg80kg360kg1.53
LAND ROVER Discovery 3&4 (Long Factory Tracks) 04/05-06/17 RD4B1 42104B100kg96kg360kg1.043.6
LAND ROVER Discovery 3&4 (Short Factory Tracks) 04/05-06/17 RD4B1 45104B100kg96kg360kg1.043.6
LAND ROVER Discovery 3&4 04/05-06/17 RD4B1 42104B100kg96kg360kg1.043.6
MAZDA BT-50 Dual Cab 11/11 On RFRB1 + RTS525 42100B100kg67kg320kg1.53.2
MITSUBISHI Triton MQ Double Cab 04/15 On RMTB1 42100B100kg80kg320kg1.253.2
NISSAN Patrol Y62 11/12 On RNPB1 45104B120kg96kg360kg1.253
TOYOTA FJ Cruiser 03/11 On RFJB1 42104B120kg96kg360kg1.253
TOYOTA FJ Cruiser 03/11 On RFJB1 42107B120kg96kg360kg1.253
TOYOTA Hilux Double Cab 10/15 On RVAB1 + SUB0687 + RTS543 42100B100kg67kg320kg1.53.2
TOYOTA Land Cruiser 200 Series 11/07 On (incl. roof rails) RTLB1 42104B150kg120kg360kg1.252.4
TOYOTA Land Cruiser 200 Series 11/07 On (incl. roof rails) RTLB1 42107B150kg120kg360kg1.252.4
TOYOTA Prado 150 Series 11/09 (incl. roof rails) RTPB1 42102B120kg96kg360kg1.253
TOYOTA Prado 150 Series 11/09 (incl. roof rails) RTPB1 42107B120kg96kg360kg1.253
VOLKSWAGEN Amarok Dual Cab 02/11 On RVAB1 42100B100kg80kg320kg1.253.2
VOLKSWAGEN Amarok Dual Cab 02/11 On RVAB1 42101B100kg80kg320kg1.253.2

The Toyotas (click the NEXT link to get to Toyota) all have a static load limit of 360kg (794lbs). By setting the static load multiplier to 3, we get a static load limit of 3x80kg or 240kg (529lbs) for the 4Runner. That seems conservative but we’re flying blind. Toyota won’t provide any guidance. If you want to load more weight, say 300kg or 661lbs, you’ll have to do some testing by slowly adding weight and noting rack deflection.

** The 120lbs probably represents the off road dynamic limit. Toyota won’t provide more weight information for cargo storage on the roof. I’m guessing the extremely low max roof weight is due to its high ground clearance.

And it’s this 120lbs limit that kills us after subtracting out the rack weight. That leaves us with only 75lbs for cargo when driving off road. This particular rack is not going to work for off road driving with rooftop tent. We need a lighter rack.

The numbers below are what you want:

  • On road dynamic load limit: 80kg or 175lbs
  • Off road dynamic load limit: 80kg/1.5= 53.3kg or 118lbs
  • Static load limit: 3x80kg = 240kg or 529lbs
  • Rack (44100B) weight: 19.5kg or 43lbs
  • Toyota max roof weight: 120lbs (based on 2019 4Runner)

Deduct the rack weight to get the cargo allowances.

  • On road cargo allowance: 80kg – 19.5 kg = 60.5kg or 133lbs
  • Off road cargo allowance: 53.3kg – 19.5kg = 33.8kg or 75lbs
  • Static cargo allowance: 240kg – 19.5kg = 220.5kg or 486lbs

The off road cargo allowance is only 75lbs. That means no rooftop tents while going off road.

Vortex SX Silver 2 Bar Roof Rack – JA9142

  • With factory rails.
  • This is the Vortex crossbar with SX legs.
  • Load limit: 175lbs (Specifications)
  • Max load: 100kg (Instructions); Note: I’m using the 175lbs (about 80kg) instead.
  • Off road load factor: 1.5 (Instructions)
  • Rack weight: 5kg (Instructions)
  • Static load multiplier: 3 (estimated)

The numbers below are what you want:

  • On road dynamic load limit: 80kg or 175lbs
  • Off road dynamic load limit: 80kg/1.5 = 53.3kg or 118lbs
  • Static load limit: 3x80kg = 240kg or 529lbs
  • Rack weight: 5kg
  • Toyota max roof weight: 120lbs (based on 2019 4Runner)

Deduct the rack weight to get the cargo allowances.

  • On road cargo allowance: 80kg – 5kg = 75kg or 165lbs
  • Off road cargo allowance: 53.3kg – 5kg = 48.3kg or 106lbs
  • Static cargo allowance: 240kg – 5kg = 235kg or 518lbs

Pioneer Platform (84″ x 49″) RLT600 Unassembled – JA9046

  • Without factory rails.
  • Load limit *: 220lbs (Specifications page); I’m using 175lbs.
  • Rack weight (42107BF): 27.5kg (Instructions: Pioneer-Flat-Pack.pdf)
  • Off road load factor: 1.5 (Instructions: Pioneer-Flat-Pack.pdf)
  • Static load multiplier: 3 (estimated)

* Based on Toyota max roof weight of 120lbs which I assume is for off road driving.

The numbers below are what you want:

  • On road dynamic load limit: 80kg or 175lbs
  • Off road dynamic load limit: 80kg/1.5 = 53.3kg or 118lbs
  • Static load limit: 3x80kg = 240kg or 529lbs
  • Rack weight: 27.5kg
  • Toyota max roof weight: 120lbs (based on 2019 4Runner)

Deduct the rack weight to get the cargo allowances.

  • On road cargo allowance: 80kg – 27.5kg = 52.5kg or 116lbs
  • Off road cargo allowance: 53.3kg – 27.5kg = 25.8kg or 57lbs
  • Static cargo allowance: 240kg – 27.5kg = 212.5kg or 468lbs

Vortex RLT600 Trackmount Silver 3 Bar Roof Rack – JA8992

  • Without factory rails.
  • Load limit *: 220lbs (Specifications); I’m using 175lbs.
  • Rack weight (3 crossbars): 7.5kg (Instructions); 2 is 5kg or 2.5kg per crossbar.
  • Off road load factor: 1.5 (Instructions)
  • Static load multiplier: 3 (estimated)

* Based on Toyota max roof weight of 120lbs which I assume is for off road driving.

The numbers below are what you want:

  • On road dynamic load limit: 80kg or 175lbs
  • Off road dynamic load limit: 80kg/1.5 = 53.3kg or 118lbs
  • Static load limit: 3x80kg = 240kg or 529lbs
  • Rack weight: 7.5kg or
  • Toyota max roof weight: 120lbs (based on 2019 4Runner)

Deduct the rack weight to get the cargo allowances.

  • On road cargo allowance: 80kg – 7.5kg = 72.5kg or 160lbs
  • Off road cargo allowance: 53.3kg – 7.5kg = 45.8kg or 101lbs
  • Static cargo allowance: 240kg – 7.5kg = 232.5kg or 513lbs

Vortex RLT600 Trackmount Silver 2 Bar Roof Rack – JA8988

Without factory rails.
Load limit *: 220lbs (Specifications); I’m using 175lbs.
Rack weight (2 crossbars): 5kg or (Instructions)
Off road load factor: 1.5 (Instructions)
Static load multiplier: 3 (estimated)

* Based on Toyota max roof weight of 120lbs which I assume is for off road driving.

The numbers below are what you want:

  • On road dynamic load limit: 80kg or 175lbs
  • Off road dynamic load limit: 80kg/1.5 = 53.3kg or 118lbs
  • Static load limit: 3x80kg = 240kg or 529lbs
  • Rack weight: 5kg or
  • Toyota max roof weight: 120lbs (based on 2019 4Runner)

Deduct the rack weight to get the cargo allowances.

  • On road cargo allowance: 80kg – 5kg = 75kg or 165lbs
  • Off road cargo allowance: 53.3kg – 5kg = 48.5kg or 107lbs
  • Static cargo allowance: 240kg – 5kg = 235kg or 518lbs

Heavy Duty RLT600 Trackmount Silver 3 Bar Roof Rack – JA8994

  • Without factory rails.
  • Load limit *: 220lbs (Specifications); I’m using 175lbs.
  • Rack weight (3 crossbars): 7.5kg (Instructions); 2 is 5kg or 2.5kg per crossbar.
  • Off road load factor: 1.5 (Instructions)
  • Static load multiplier: 3 (estimated)

* Based on Toyota max roof weight of 120lbs which I assume is for off road driving.

The numbers below are what you want:

  • On road dynamic load limit: 80kg or 175lbs
  • Off road dynamic load limit: 80kg/1.5 = 53.3kg or 118lbs
  • Static load limit: 3x80kg = 240kg or 529lbs
  • Rack weight: 7.5kg
  • Toyota max roof weight: 120lbs (based on 2019 4Runner)

Deduct the rack weight to get the cargo allowances.

  • On road cargo allowance: 80kg – 7.5kg = 72.5kg or 160lbs
  • Off road cargo allowance: 53.3kg – 7.5kg = 45.8kg or 101lbs
  • Static cargo allowance: 240kg – 7.5kg = 232.5kg or 513lbs

Heavy Duty RLT600 Trackmount Silver 2 Bar Roof Rack – JA8990

Without factory rails.
Load limit *: 220lbs (Specifications); I’m using 175lbs.
Rack weight (2 crossbars): 5kg or (Instructions)
Off road load factor: 1.5 (Instructions)
Static load multiplier: 3 (estimated)

* Based on Toyota max roof weight of 120lbs which I assume is for off road driving.

The numbers below are what you want:

  • On road dynamic load limit: 80kg or 175lbs
  • Off road dynamic load limit: 80kg/1.5 = 53.3kg or 118lbs
  • Static load limit: 3x80kg = 240kg or 529lbs
  • Rack weight: 5kg or
  • Toyota max roof weight: 120lbs (based on 2019 4Runner)

Deduct the rack weight to get the cargo allowances.

  • On road cargo allowance: 80kg – 5kg = 75kg or 165lbs
  • Off road cargo allowance: 53.3kg – 5kg = 48.5kg or 107lbs
  • Static cargo allowance: 240kg – 5kg = 235kg or 518lbs