What we have for your today is a story from Facebook, which has a few people in a bit of a sharing dither. We picked it up from our mates at Unsealed 4X4 on Facebookwho credit a certain Matthew Wyatt with the image. It’s a solid lesson for us 4WDers, an Aesopian story on what happens to those who don’t use common sense. A lesson in how to not load your roof rack

It’s a late-model Nissan GU Patrol, with the 3.0 litre ZD30 engine. And on it’s roof is an ungodly amount of gear. It was photographed somewhere near Alice Springs, presumably heading out on one of the many rough, unsealed Outback roads for the Annual Finke desert race.

Let’s have a rough look:

6X cans of fuel – roughly 120kg.
Roof rack: looks like a Rhino Rack, which weighs roughly~30kg
2 X random tyres: 15kg
2X mini bikes – let’s say 80 kg each. I wonder how they got up there?
2X big swags: 20kg
plus some other miscellaneous gear

That’s at least 340 kilograms of stuff. Considering a GU Patrol has a roof load limit of 150kg, they are well more than double over the limit. Patrols are legendarily tough, but that’s just ridiculous.

And what do you know, at some stage down the track, the whole. entire. roof rack falls off. Who knows what happened after that, maybe they cut their losses and left it on the track. Personally, I’d love to know how they got those bikes up on the Patrol, to start with.



When you overload your roof rack, it might fall off.

Keep in mind; this gear is loaded onto the rack presumably because the rest of the car is chock-a-block. At a wild guess, we’d say it’s over GVM as well, considering there’s over 300kg of the 600-odd kg payload on the roof. Plus two people, plus the rest of the gear inside… A completely flogged out spare is also testament to how overloaded this vehicle is. So, yeah, it’s overweight.



Naturally, these guys have copped a lot of flack on Facebook for loading their car so dangerously. Social media can be a tough judge at times. But in this instance, we reckon it’s all pretty accurate.

So, what’s to learn from this cautionary tale? Know what things weigh, and what your weight limits are of your 4X4. If you need to carry a heap of gear, get another vehicle or get a trailer. Use your brain, because ‘she’ll be right’ only works in conjunction with a good dose of common sense.

Update: We’ve seen some footage of the roof rack falling off, but a few swear words have stopped us from uploading it in its entirety.

We’ve heard that the three brothers involved were on their way to a motorbike race, and their trailer broke. We’ve also heard that they scored 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the race, so perhaps the end justifies the means somehow?

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Comments 4

  1. When you get away with it yes means may justify the end just like pointing a gun at your head & pulling the trigger – some even live to tell the tail ?

  2. Great article. Whilst it covers the obvious dangers of overloading a roof rack, I think that more detail would have been good on the consequences. For example the affect this would have on handling, and insurance cover.

    In addition, the issue of going over the GVM is worth considering a little more. I’ve seen many 4×4’s kitted out that would clearly come very close to the GVM without it being packed with gear, and lets not forget the passengers. I’ve also spoken to quite a few owners and they are unaware. I was unaware until a few years back when I put my Patrol over the scales … it has a Bull Bar, winch, dual battery, Brush Bars, Side Steps, Rear Draws with recovery gear, and a Long Range Fuel Tank. It weighed in at 40kg under it’s GVM …. and that was without anyone in it, or any gear packed in it. So I very smartly attended to doing the upgrades for an increase in GVM.

    Perhaps it would be good to see an article from Club 4×4 on the consequences of blowing the GVM (what impact is their on insurance cover), and include info about the process of obtaining a GVM upgrade.

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