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What is the maximum reasonable or safe load capacity you can carry on the roof of a V70? <p>My wagon has the factory installed roof rails and I have a product called the Kanga Pouch which is a carryover from my last vehicle, a Sable wagon:<p><A HREF="http://www.kangaco.com/kanga" TARGET="_blank">http://www.kangaco.com/kanga</A>/<p>This thing holds around 13 cu. ft. and worked very well for several years of college moves. <p>At the risk of evoking flames of wrath, I will suggest that my old Sable's roof <B>appears </B><I></I>more rigid than that of my new V70 due to the inclusion of 5 longitudinal roof braces that came with the former. This made the roof fairly rigid, which in all fairness did NOT have a sun roof like my V70. But we put a lot up there, snugly secured in this spacious waterproof pouch.<p>If I push in on my V70's roof, it's possible to bow the sheet metal in a little. I realize it would be a bad idea to place heavy loads in this area, and also to keep anything clear of the sun roof's glass. But in a dry loading run with the Kanga Pouch we were able to safely stow modest, flat objects on the roof in the pouch. <p>Many wagons/SUVs warn you that roof weights are not to exeed 200LBS or even slightly less. From my non-scientific experiment I would be reluctant to carry 100lbs directly on the roof of the V70.<p>Comments? What have others done for those bulky, cumbersome college moves <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> . Thanks in advance. - Stu<p>
 

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I do notice that all the aftermarket racks and cargo boxes attach to the side rails, with nothing touching the roof directly at all. Perhaps this says something about the strength of the sheet metal there?
 

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Not only would I be concerned about the weight, but I'd also be very concerned about the finish. No matter how well the at Kanga is tied down, it will move around a bit and with that much weight it will scratch up your roof. I wouldn't care if I was driving a Sable wagon, but I wouldn't do that to a new Volvo wagon. Not a flame, just an opinion.<p>Get something like this to hold the Kanga off of the paint,<br><IMG SRC="http://www.rackattack.com/dynamicimages/productimages/yakima-basket-case.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Hi Barents - what you say about movement makes sense.<p>In anticipation of that I'd also purchased a sticky "anti-slide" corrugated rubber mat which goes between the roof and the pouch. It's not really sticky - more like the soft rubber on the back of throw rugs to prevent you from breaking your neck. So far as I know, it kept the pouch pretty well "glued" to the roof when on the Sable. It's a nice cushion and I never saw any marks. <p>That Yakima is not a bad suggestion though. Thanks for the suggestion. - Stu
 

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It all depends on what you want to put up there in that pouch. If its bedding & sleeping bags then no probs but without a roofrack as suggested by barents I wouldnt put anything of any weight in it. I mean you could probably tie it down ok but the risk factor of denting the roof under either purely the weight or movement of items within is just too great. <p>I figure it would be a major job in the panel shop to remove any dents from the roof or to replace the roof panel. <p>Cheers<br>Hatdriver
 
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