Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Just from personal experience, if you ever wheel or take your Jeep on any forested trails, I would highly recommend you rethink the roof rack idea.
When I had one (it came on my Jeep) it was a tree magnet, it caught every limb or branch, and was smacked against several trees when crawling over obstacles that put me off camber.
There are several options for cargo rather than a roof rack, including the receiver mounted cargo baskets that you can remove when not using, or a small pull behind trailer (This is what I take camping, and I unhook it at the campsite before wheeling.) Personally I found the roof rack to be a PITA to load and unload, and highly undesirable when wheeling.