Rhino-Rack Pioneer Alloy Platform Rack System – first photos

The photos in this article are possibly the first photos on the internet of the Rhino-Rack Pioneer Alloy Platform Rack System fitted to a  Toyota Prado 120 series. I could not find any photos on the internet of the roof rack fitted to a  Toyota Prado at the time I was making my purchase decision.

The system is made up of the Pioneer Platform (part number 42102) and leg set RLCP03.

I had the roof rack supplied and fitted by Roof Racks Galore at Rocklea in Brisbane. Apparently, at the time I ordered the roof rack, there were none available in Australia. The first shipment of them had sold out quickly, so my roof rack was in a container on a ship heading to Australia. It was only a matter of days before the roof rack had been unloaded, passed through customs and sent to Brisbane. I had the roof rack fitted only the day before our next camping trip!

So far I am very happy with the Rhino-Rack Pioneer Alloy Platform Rack System. The roof rack sits low on my Toyota Prado and keeps the overall vehicle height well below 2 m, enabling the car to fit in most shopping centre car parks which seem to mostly have clearance of around 2.05 m to 2.10 m. The low height also allows me some room for a small suspension lift and fitting slightly larger tyres on my Toyota Prado, while still staying under the magic 2 m.

Rhino-Rack Pioneer Alloy Platform Rack System fitted to Toyota Prado

 

Rhino-Rack Pioneer Platform Alloy Rack System from above

 

Rhino-Rack Pioneer Platform Alloy Rack System underneath drivers’ side front corner (yes, that is rain on the car)

 

Below rear drivers’ side view of the Rhino-Rack Pioneer Platform Alloy Rack System

 

Channel to fit accessories to the Rhino-Rack Pioneer Platform Alloy Rack System

 

Rhino-Rack Pioneer Platform Alloy Rack System from the front

The day after the Pioneer Platform Rack was fitted, we headed off on a camping trip to Pottsville North Holiday Park in northern New South Wales. I loaded the roof rack with a Black Wolf Turbo Plus 300 tent, two Burke & Wills Ironbark swags and a couple of camping chairs. The fully loaded weight on the roof, including the 25 kg Rhino-Rack Pioneer Alloy Platform Rack System, was around 75 kg. I used several cam-buckle tie downs to secure the load. Nothing moved during my 130 km trip, which included a couple of sections of highway at 110 km/h.

Rhino-Rack Pioneer Platform Alloy Rack System loaded with camping gear

For my purposes, the Rhino-Rack Pioneer Alloy Platform Rack System is perfect.

8 thoughts on “Rhino-Rack Pioneer Alloy Platform Rack System – first photos

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  2. Joe

    Hi, nice articel and pics. I’m interested in this rack as well. Wondering if you noticed any wind noise and any change in fuel economy? Cheers.

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    1. Rex

      Joe

      I have only had the roof rack on the car for a week, so have not had a chance to assess fuel economy.

      Around town, I have not noticed any increase in wind noise from the unloaded roof rack. At 100 km/h, there is a small amount of wind noise from the platform rack, but it is still quieter than the small amount of noise from my Cooper Tires ATRs. I will post an update when I have had a chance to drive further at highway speeds with no load on the roof racks.

      Rex.

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  3. Conor

    Hi, Just had same fitted to my 120series Prado that has a 2″ lift already fitted. The overall height of vehicle with after fitment of pioneer rack is 199cm. A whole 1cm under the magical 2m mark. Haven’t taken it under a 2m clearance bar in a car park yet.

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    1. Rex

      Thanks Conor. I am planning to give my Prado a 2″ lift as well, so I am pleased to know that it is still under the magic 2 metres.

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  4. Ingo

    Awesome! Looks really tidy! Did you have the factory rails removed?! And what is the dynamic roof weight limitation? Good stuff!

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    1. Rex

      Hi Ingo

      I am very happy with the Rhino-Rack Pioneer Alloy Platform Rack System fitted to my Toyota Prado. It looks neat and has a low profile.

      My Prado did not have factory rails fitted. However, the Rhino-Rack mounts on the factory mounting points, so if you have factory rails, they will have to be removed.

      The Rhino-Rack platform rack is rated to 100 kg. My Toyota Prado handbook says that the roof load should not exceed 80 kg, with or without the factory rails. I have seen some posts on the internet suggesting that if you remove the factory rails, the total rated load is 100 kg for the Prado 120 series.

      The Rhino-Rack platform rack weighs 25 kg. I play it safe and only load my Prado to 80 kg on the roof. That means I carry 55 kg up there. It is easy to exceed that when I carry a 33 kg BlackWolf tent up top!

      I have travelled at 110 km/h for extended periods with the rack fully loaded without any problems.

      Rex.

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