"Not sure where you got that information. Lucky if you can get the roof up with 150-200 lbs.":
Ah, can't help it... you threw me a slow, inside pitch, so here goes...'getting it up is not the issue'....the advertised 1,000 lb roof load max is just that a load maximum; as I understand with the top in the up position...as discussed you need to remove the snow load before raising or lowering top; not just because with 1,000 lbs on the roof it would take the 'Hulk' to do it but that the fact that each end is lowered/raised independently of the other end and going up or down would tweak the panels and perhaps the roof structure...
Personally, even though we have the YakRak rails I only plan to load the roof with our FWC Zamp 160W panel...I have two sea kayaks that I would love to haul with us but that weight [about 110 lbs total] would be more than I could push into place and again would put a lot of torque load into the roof going up or down..not to mention that putting the kayaks on the roof, especially in a wind, would be a herculean task..
Lastly with all the discussion about about a roof load....it is my intent to keep as much mass [weight] centered and as low as possible with my Tundra/Hawk combo...not just for handling but for side loads and stress on the Hawk when off road...piling stuff "that I just can't live without' on the top of the Hawk just doesn't make sense to me.
I am not knocking anyone's choices but for example expecting to use our FWCs in sub-zero weather without serious compromises or carrying motorcycles, bikes, surf boards, skis, sea kayaks, 5 gallon fuel cans, high-lift jacks etc etc festooned all over the outside of the FWC seems to me to be way outside the design parameters or reasonable expectations for our campers...we are supposed to be lightweight, relatively self-contained, low profile and highly mobile for off road adventures....at least that is my take and I could be wrong..
Edited by Wallowa, 16 December 2018 - 12:00 AM.