Rhino-Rack RVP Roof Rack Review

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Review of the Rhino-Rack RVP Roof Rack


Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the Rhino Rack RVP line of roof rack systems for fixed mounting points offering the Vortex Aero crossbars. The Rhino Rack RVP roof rack system is going to add a lot of versatility to your vehicle. It allows you to use bike racks, ski and snowboard carriers, cargo baskets, cargo boxes, freeing up space inside of your vehicle.I like the fact that also you can see it's nice and sleek. It's going to give you a very factory look that remains really aerodynamic. Now this system's designed to give us all of the versatility of the Rhino Rack Vortex Aero crossbar so we get a good size that's going to work for just about any rooftop accessory. Plus, we're going to have that cross-slot or that T-slot area for T-slot style accessories.You get the versatility of that bar, but we have a very factory, as we said before, looking foot pack.

It's going to be very nice and thin, and you can see the design here. It's made to fit and designed to contour right to the vehicle. Now each foot pack is going to be different for your application. It's designed to fit your vehicle specifically and it's going to go to your attachment point so it will have the same style fit and finish.It really fits well. You have the same style foot pack and crossbar.

The only real difference is they are going to be cut custom to fit your vehicle so you're going to have the exact width you need for both the front and the back with no modifications necessary. Now with the elliptical design that we have with the crossbars and that very narrow profile of the foot pack, it's going to give us a very quiet roof rack system, something you're not really going to notice inside of the vehicle.Here's a good look at the end of one of the crossbars. You can see that H pattern is built in. That gives us extreme durability. It's really nice and strong.

Full aluminum construction so we're never going to have to worry about rusting. And here we have our T-slot. That allows us to slide those accessories in. You see on the top, we've got our strip here. This is designed to diffuse the wind.You see you can pull that out and then when you're done, cut it for your accessory and then you can put that back in.

Now for clamp around accessories, they grab ahold of it like that, and that prevents them moving from side to side. So you can tighten them down appropriately. You won't have to worry about them slipping.Now the foot pack itself is a fiberglass reinforced nylon and this has been UV treated. Basically that means we're not going to have to worry about the cracking and fading we used to see with the plastic materials. To give us a lot of security, each of our covers on our foot pack is going to be locking, so they're all keyed alike.The cover slides right off. That's going to allow us to get to the T-track to put our accessories in, if we do use T-track accessories. When we put the cover on, not only is it going to secure the roof rack and ensure nobody can remove it from the vehicle but also secures our accessories in place. Now since each roof rack system is custom designed for your application it's going to offer a pretty good ease of installation.You're not going to have to worry about measuring and adjusting like you have to do with some of the systems out there. Now, each roof rack kit is going to have a weight rating or a weight limit. You definitely don't to exceed that. But another thing you need to consider is the weight limit of your vehicle's roof. If it's lower than that of the roof rack system, go off of that one.Now this rack is what we consider a flush style system, meaning that the crossbar ends in the foot pack. Again, there's a lot of benefits to that. They tend to be quieter, more aerodynamic and give you the factory appearance. There are other roof rack systems available that have through-bar system. So that would mean that the crossbar comes out a little bit further. It sticks out past the end of the foot pack. That tends to add more bar space so you can get more accessories on there, so there are kind of pros and cons to both systems.There's something that you're going to appreciate about this roof rack system as compared to other ones. Once you have your fixed attachment point on, some of them are going to come with caps so you can just put it down on top. These are the same screws that we hold the roof rack on. I'm just going to thread it down into our hole. That's going to keep those threads protected. It's going to give us a nice clean look so we don't have to worry about installing that each and every time.At this point all it's going to take to get our roof rack on will be to pull these off, place it on and put our screws back in. Snug them up just a little bit. It's going to give you a really nice clean look. Now when comparing the Rhino Rack flush mount system to other flush mount roof rack systems, the more cost effective option would be the Rola system.The Rola system is a good system. It has locking covers that the Rhino Rack has. It doesn't work with all T-slot accessories. The Rhino Rack definitely has an advantage there. And the fit of the Rhino Rack system I like better than what you get on the Rola. Now another thing we notice with the Rola roof rack system is that there's a little bit more noise. It's not so much that you can't have a conversation in your car or anything but it is slightly louder.I also like that the Rhino Rack's end cap here comes off very easy. It's easy on. It's easy off. With the Rola you've kind of have to snap and roll it in. Although with the Rola, the tool that you need, it's going to be stored right in the foot pack, whereas with the Rhino Rack you'll have to keep the tools in the glove box or center console. Now on the higher side, we compare the Rhino Rack here to the Thule flush bar system.With that system you've got a little bit better fit and finish. It's going to look just slightly better on the vehicle. The crossbars are not only available in black but also in silver so if you wanted to accent, that would be nice. One thing about the Thule system is it doesn't include the locks so this having the locks it's an additional purchase you're not going to be having to make.Now the owner of the Jeep has road tested the Rhino Rack bars. This is the same customer we had test the Rola system and also the Thule system. What we are able to determine, as far as noise goes is that, kind of like we said, it's going to be a little quieter than the Rola system and exactly comparable to the Thule system. It's a very, very quiet system. With the Thule and with this, you're really not going to notice a change.Now the installation process is going to vary a little bit, depending on your application but your instructions will be really clear on where to locate your hardware. We're using a Grand Cherokee here as an example and its two bolts are going to be located right down in the track here. We're going to use the provided tool and get those removed and we've already taken care of our other three locations. You can see we've got that rear crossbar mounted on here okay.We'll go through this front mounting process for you. The first thing we're going to do is just get these out of the way. Now if you do intend on removing the roof rack system, you'll want to hang on to these so you can replace them. But with the kits we do have the caps that we can put down and over so we don't have to remove our mounting brackets. This is our bracket for the Grand Cherokee. Yours is going to vary a little bit. So we've got our bolts that come down through our bracket.And this is our rubber cover. This is designed to fit down and over the edge to give us a nice clean look. Those are typically going to fit up into the four little squares there, just to give you a reference point. And it takes a little bit of effort but you want to push each of those through so each of the tabs are sticking through. And we can bring that down just to line our bolts with the holes there. And we'll take the provided tool and get those started.And you can see how that's going to draw that bracket right down and in for us. And then we just need to tighten them up per the instructions. So that's nice and securely mounted in place and we're ready to grab our crossbar and put it down and on. Now we're ready to grab the appropriate crossbar. You can see it's labeled front here. And we're going to bring it down and place it right on top of our foot packs here. Now on each side, you've got these two little tabs.You see this one sticks down here, this one sticks down here. You just want to align those up with the tabs in the top or the holes in the top for the tab to go through. And in our case we're using a little 10 millimeter headed bolt, flat washer and lock washer on there. Your application may be a little bit different, but this is just going to give us a really easy connection point and this is going to secure the crossbar down to that pack.So, we'll get that started. I'm just going to run it down, just so it makes contact and go over and get my other side set and then we'll go and snug them up. Now we're also going to be snugging these down per the instructions. No need to over tighten them. Now once they're snugged down, we're just going to slide on our cap and our key to secure it. See, nice and secure, ready to be loaded up. That's going to complete our look at the Rhino Rack RVP roof rack systems for fixed mounted points.


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