When using Leitner Designs carriers and accessories, the user must understand the precautions. The points listed below will assist you in using the rack system and will encourage safety.
For quality fits and safety, use only the recommended rack or accessories. Do not assume a rack will fit, always check the current Fit Guide when obtaining a new vehicle.
The maximum load is not to be exceeded. (250# off road - 500# on road). However, this limit is always subordinate to the maximum load recommended by the manufacturer of the vehicle itself. It is always the lower maximum recommended load that applies. Max truck load = load carrier weight any fitted carrier accessories the weight of the load itself.
Make sure all knobs, bolts, screws, straps, and locks are firmly attached, tightened and locked before every trip. Knobs, bolts, screws, straps and locks must be periodically inspected for signs of wear, corrosion, and fatigue. Check your load at stops during the trip to ensure continued fastening security.
Check local and state laws governing projection of objects beyond the perimeter of a vehicle. Be aware of the width and height of your cargo since low clearance branches, bridges, and parking garages can affect the load. All cargo will affect the vehicle’s driving behavior. Never drive with any lock, knob or rack in an open or unlocked position. All long loads such as, but not limited to, sailboards, surfboards, kayaks, canoes, and lumber must be tied down front and rear to the bumpers or tow hooks of the vehicle.
All locks must be turned and moved periodically to ensure smooth operation. Use graphite or dry lubricant to help this. Leitner designs locks are designed to deter vandalism and theft but should not be considered theft proof. Remove valuable gear if your vehicle is unattended for an extended period. Place at least one key in the glove compartment.
For safety to your vehicle and rack system, obey all posted speed limits and traffic cautions. Adapt your speed to the conditions of the road and the load being carried.
Do not use Leitner Designs load carriers and accessories for purposes other than those for which they were designed. Do not exceed their carrying capacity. Failure to follow these guidelines or the product’s instructions will void the warranty.
Consult with your Leitner Designs dealer if you have any questions regarding the operations and limits of Thule products. Review all instructions and warranty information carefully.