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Rhino-Rack Pioneer Platform Is Your Ultimate Load Carrying Solution

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The Pioneer Platform is designed to be tough and allows you to load or unload your gear quickly and easily.

I’ve had a Rhino Rack Backbone System with Pioneer Platform roof rack installed on my Jeep for several years. I’ve put it through some serious abuse on my various adventures by mounting a roof top tent on top and wheeling some hard trails. I wanted a rack system that tied the loads down to the frame of my Jeep JKU Wrangler Unlimited, so I could sleep on my roof with me and all my gear.

Here’s the scoop on my roof rack set-up.

I’ve had the Rhino Rack Backbone mounting system with a Pioneer Platform roof rack since 2018. In this photo, it’s carrying a soft top roof top tent outskirts of the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness near Rockdale, Colorado.

Rhino-Rack Pioneer Platform Roof Rack

Designed for modern adventurers, the Rhino-Rack Pioneer Platform’s lightweight modular design means that it has been crafted to withstand the harshest conditions while staying stylish and intact. High-strength aluminum, fibreglass-reinforced nylon, and other materials combine to create an exceptional structure that is both strong and environmentally sustainable.

The Pioneer Platform is a sleek and stylish load carrying solution which fits directly on to your Rhino-Rack Vortex roof racks. Made with strong, durable and lightweight reinforced nylon and aluminium, the non-corrosive Universal Pioneer Platform has been tested in the most rugged conditions and passed with flying colours. Assembly is required for this product.

The system keeps the wind noise down and functions like a champ. Constructed of durable materials, Rhino-Rack has designed a product that’s non-corrosive.

It has also been specifically designed to carry most existing Rhino-Rack accessories – making it the most versatile and modular platform on the market.


  • Made from aluminium and fiberglass re-enforced nylon corners
  • Black powder coated for increased corrosion resistance
  • Most versatile and modular platform on the market
  • Faster installation with Integrated measuring strip
  • Additional accessory channels on front and rear extrusions
  • Channel on underside of front and rear extrusions
  • Integrated wiring capabilities within all extrusions
  • Corners can be drilled/cut out to provide access to wiring
  • Compatible with Pioneer Platform Accessories**
  • Included torque limiting tool ensures fasteners are properly tightened and makes regular maintenance easy.

** A selection of accessories require upgrading.

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Rhino-Rack Backbone Mounting System

Camping at Glacier Basin Campground in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

The Rhino-Rack Backbone is an interior structure set up on the inside of the JEEP JK Wrangler, which I needed since I was planning on mounting a roof-top tent to the structure. In the backbone mounting system, three plates on each side of the JEEP’s Hard Top are connected with the interior frame extending your roof line to carry heavier loads with the max load rating of up to 120kg or 264lb.

The mounting system is available in configurations specifically designed for various vehicles, including your your JEEP JL Wrangler, JEEP JT Gladiator, Jeep Renegade, JEEP JL Wrangler, Chevrolet Suburban, Cadillac Escalade & GMC Yukon XL, LAND ROVER Discovery 3&4 and more. If you have these or other vehicles, look here for all the configurations available.

See this video for How To Install A Backbone System on a Jeep Wrangler like mine.

Everything needed to install this product on top of my vehicle was included in my order. There was no need to stress about not ordering everything necessary. I think the sleek, aerodynamic design looks great.

Looking for another take on the Pioneer Platform? Monique from Overland Lady recently installed the All-New Pioneer on her 100 Series Landcruiser. Here’s what she thinks about it.

About Rhino-Rack

Rhino-Rack makes durable and easy-to-use roof racks, luggage boxes, bike carriers, kayak carriers, load securing accessories and more. With customized products and the latest in carrier technology, you can rely on Rhino-Rack to transform your vehicle for work, play, or anything in between.

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