If you are looking to add more storage capacity to your Ford F150, you may be trying to decide between a roof rack and bed rack. Your choice is going to come down to a number of factors such as the gear you intend to carry, the weight, and your planned activities.
A roof rack sits overhead and can be very useful for carrying long, large pieces that wouldn’t fit in the cab and which might be awkward to transport. It is not the best choice for heavy loads as it can shift your vehicle’s centre of gravity upwards, making it less steady and more prone to tipping. A bed rack is great for those heavier loads, but long items may not be possible to centre over the bed and taller items can block your rear view.
Adding additional storage to your F150 is essential to anyone engaged in outdoor activities, as it allows you to carry everything you could possibly need for your adventures, whether you are hiking, biking, camping, or fishing. Having extra storage means that you can bring all your essential items.
Here are the top 5 F150 roof racks to enhance your storage:
Key Features: Sleek, aerodynamic design, easy installation, and durable, long-lasting construction. Compatible with almost all standard roof-rack accessories.
Pros and Cons: Compatible with a wide range of vehicles. Some kits come with multiple bar configurations, requiring that you select the appropriate number for your needs. Has an excellent load-carrying capacity. May be expensive compared to some other options.
Price Range: The price range for the Vortex can vary, based on the vehicle type and specific requirements.
Ideal-use Cases: The Rhino-rack Vortex is a great choice for all outdoor enthusiasts and travellers who need some extra storage space.
Check out the Rhino-Rack Clamp on kit for:
Key Features: Aerodynamic shape reduces wind drag and noise, making them more fuel efficient than other non aerodynamic solutions.
Pros and Cons: Smart fit technology makes installation simple and provides a secure grip on your vehicle. Strong and durable with excellent load bearing capability. Requires Thule One-Key locks to secure to your vehicle (sold separately).
Price Range: $800+
Ideal-use Cases: Great for carrying skis, kayaks, canoes, and bikes.
Check out the Thule Clamp-On Kit For:
Key Features: High-quality materials for durability and excellent load-carrying capacity. The sliding load bar makes it easy to load larger items such as bikes and motorcycles.
Pros and Cons: Rugged, versatile, and easy to install. Sturdy enough to handle off-road conditions. Does require additional accessories to be used to the fullest, and the price point can put it beyond the budget of some users.
Price Range: Price can vary based on the specific model and added accessories but expect it to surpass $2,700.
Ideal-use Cases: Great for off-road adventures, camping, overlanding, and general cargo hauling. Its adaptability makes it highly versatile.
Check out the Leitner ACS Forged Rack for:
Key Features: Adjustable height and width and modular design that makes it easy to customize with accessories. Works with a tonneau cover to protect your load from the elements.
Pros and Cons: Sturdy and adaptable, but heavy enough that it could impact fuel efficiency.
Price Range: Price is affected by configuration and accessories but expect approximately $1,500.
Ideal-use Cases: Ideal for those transporting bulky items, as it keeps them safe and very secure. Suitable for camping gear, kayaks, bikes, and more.
Check out the Elevate FS Bed Rack System for:
Key Features: Sturdy construction that allows it to support heavy loads up to 500 lbs (on-road) or 300 lbs (off-road). Adjustable and easy to customize.
Pros and Cons: Ease of installation, excellent build quality, and versatility. Higher-end pricing may make it less appealing to those on a budget.
Price Range: $1,400+
Ideal-use Cases: Equally at home with off-road activities and outdoor adventures, or professional applications.
There are several factors that you should keep in mind when choosing a roof or bed rack for your F150, including the following:
The following tips will help you get the most out of your F150 rack while ensuring your safety:
Each of the above F150 roof rack models can provide you with additional storage but personal choice, your particular needs, and your budget will all play a role in choosing which is right for you.
Adding a roof or bed rack provides you with much greater cargo capacity, allowing you to bring all the necessary gear with you on all your excursions, making them safer and more comfortable. For more information about finding the right roof or bed rack for your needs, contact us today and we’ll be happy to help!