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post #21 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-15-2019, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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Another option, but it might suck. :^) BTW, I have a Winnebago-sized glamping tent, which of course needs a giant bag. It fits between the cross bars on my Ltd., so it sits directly on the roof, secured with tie-down straps to the cross bars. Never had an issue, but it probably only weighs 30 lbs.
Yeah, probably not. Starting to think the big clunky roof rack is the practical choice

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Not trying to be difficult, but one of the reasons we got the Premium level was the crossbars and tie down points are built into the rack system. A little clunky looking? Maybe, but definitely functional and better than having crossbars on all the time.

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i love the touring, but would have like to have the standard rails crossbars. Do premiums get heated steering wheels and steering responsive headlights?
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The heated steering wheel is a Touring exclusive. I have the steering responsive headlights in my Limited, but I'm not sure if it was standard or an option package...
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It looks like the Limited racks have their own advantages in certain respects.
Yes, the roof racks were the major factor for my choice of an fully optioned Limited rather than a Touring model. I use the roof racks on my 2010 model a lot for short drive impromptu loads -- mostly wood or building supplies for my hobby projects. With the fold-away crossbars, I don't have to do any special planning for carrying loads. I don't have to plan in advance to take the extra time to install the cross bars. My roof rack is always streamlined for lessened wind noise while still being ready for use in less than five minutes.

While deciding between a Limited with the Package#24 + a few options vs a Touring model, I went through all the specifications in detail and found that the Touring-unique features included only: (corrections welcome)

• Java Brown leather-trimmed upholstery
• Heated steering wheel
• Low-profile roof rails in silver finish
• Wheels in dark gray with machine finish
• Lower door cladding with chrome accents
• Body-color door handles with chrome inserts
• Piano gloss black interior trim

While the Java Brown Leather interior was nice, I didn't really care for the extra chrome accents and other chromed appearance items. The heated steering wheel might be a good feature for those 10 days each winter we get below freezing here in Texas. The Roof Rails (requiring an extra purchase of ~$460 crossbars) was a non-starter because of my frequent use.

I opted for a Limited with Package#24 and additional options that bring it almost to the level of a Touring. I was able to ignore most of the Touring-unique features without feeling I was going to miss out on anything I really cared about. All I lost was the prestige of owning a Touring model.


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