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  • Rooftopping a rigid toboggan

    I've got a much smaller vehicle this winter to travel up north for winter camping. A 2001 Jeep Cherokee. I'm curious if a rigid toboggan (HDPE with wood runners) would survive on the roof like a canoe.

    Looking at saving some space and gas mileage.

    What do you guys/gals think?

  • #2
    Definitely. I do it all the time. I position the curve downward and to the back and lash them with canoe straps onto my wagon. I got sick of the road salt and slop so I sewed a sleeve out of a tarp to keep the toboggans clean.

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    • #3
      Good idea on the sleeve. I suppose the sleeve would help keep the hauling lines in place as well.

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      • #4
        So this one time...I had a toboggan lashed to my Yakima roof rack. One of those really nice ones that Snowbound makes. Well, one of the rail grabs let go as soon as I got up to speed on I94, and all hell broke loose. The toboggan flipped up still tied to the rear bar and most of the front bar. I built three new toboggans shortly after that.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MRaske View Post
          So this one time...I had a toboggan lashed to my Yakima roof rack. One of those really nice ones that Snowbound makes. Well, one of the rail grabs let go as soon as I got up to speed on I94, and all hell broke loose. The toboggan flipped up still tied to the rear bar and most of the front bar. I built three new toboggans shortly after that.
          Oh dang dude! Yea that would have freaked me out. I wonder if one of those snowboard roof mounts would be wide enough to hold the toboggan.

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          • #6
            I have a roof rack on my Jeep Wrangler hardtop, and I would think something like I do for my canoe would work.
            I tie the bow and stern down to the front and rear bumpers, then ratchet strap the middle down to the roof rack.
            I have all possible movement directions covered then, and if one tiedown failed I know I would not lose the canoe. I could get safely off the highway and take care of it with no damage.

            Anytime I haul anything, no movement in any direction and enough redundancy that the load will not shift if one tie down fails is always my goal.

            A quality low stretch rope and small ratchet strap or two, and enough for a spare of both in the car, and I think you should be good.

            With the snowboard mounts you'd still need ropes or straps front and back, but your toboggan might be to thick for those, I'm not sure.

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            • #7
              @Justin P.

              Makes total sense. Thanks!

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              • #8
                My wood side toboggans measure about 1.75” high and 16” wide. There are just barely too tall and wide to fit in my Thule roof top ski rack.

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