Originally Posted by kayakfreakus
I believe if the ends of your crossbars go out past your side view mirrors on either side, it is illegal. I have never heard of anyone being pulled over, but I remember that when I was working in a shop selling racks.....
i got pulled over a couple years ago for this in steamboat by a state trooper. it wasn't my rack that was sticking out, it was the flip up side access windows on my topper. i had the dog in the back, and it was really hot, so i opened the side windows.
they didn't actually stick out any farther than the mirrors, but cops are sometimes just looking for anything they can find to pull you over for. once he realized that they weren't sticking out farther than the mirrors, he gave me a seat belt ticket instead. which opened a whole other can of worms that i won't go into here.
that said, i wouldn't risk getting a ticket for a few extra inches of roof rack. the other problem with really wide racks is that people are always bumping their head on them if they stick out too far. a buddy of mine had really wide ones on his rig and every time he stopped he would say to the person riding shotgun "watch your head!" sometimes it worked, but most people who weren't used to his rig, and some that were, would promptly bump their head upon getting out.