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Old November 15th, 2013, 11:11 AM
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rooftop cargo box advice?

Driving the family to New Hampshire for Thanksgiving and there just isn't going to be room in the truck for 5 people's crap, stuffed animals, special blankets and whatever the rest of them want to take, too. Plus I'll likely pack the fridge so I don't have to stop at every McDonalds on the way up and so I can bring some good microbrews back. So it looks like it's time for some sort of roof rack to go on the cruiser.

I'm looking at the Thule and Yakima boxes and don't really see much discernible difference. The roof bags are substantially cheaper, but with 18 hours and 1000 miles, something slightly aerodynamic will likely be a benefit.

What experiences do people have with the various boxes and what advice do you have?
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Old November 15th, 2013, 11:16 AM
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So who has to ride in the Thule box?
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Old November 15th, 2013, 11:17 AM
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Old November 15th, 2013, 11:20 AM
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I think the bags are better for aero as they hug the roof and, IME, are bigger and are much easier to store when not in use. I have a bag (generic one but has a net like thing that goes over it to secure it to the roof which is pretty cool) and had a mid 90s land rover box (believed to be thule with stickers on the side) which I sold because it took up so much space.
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Old November 15th, 2013, 11:34 AM
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Tony, if you're looking for cheap capacity get the Sears XCargo box.

I have used soft carriers and hard carriers. Soft ones make a lot of noise.
I can mount the Sears box in 5 minutes by myself.
10 minutes if the wife helps.

I've had it on the LWB on Yakima cross rails and the Yukon XL factory rails.

You can spend much more for Thule or Yakima boxes but if you just need it for the occasional family haul, the Sears box is hard to beat at that price point.
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Old November 15th, 2013, 11:40 AM
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Tony,
If you can get it back to me before 12/21, you are welcome to borrow mine. It is the large aero shaped Thule that opens from both sides. It mounts to any type of crossbars. Works great and you will not even know it is up there (until you pull into a garage .... ).
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If you can get it back to me before 12/21, you are welcome to borrow mine. It is the large aero shaped Thule that opens from both sides. It mounts to any type of crossbars. Works great and you will not even know it is up there (until you pull into a garage .... ).
Sweet, thanks, I may take you up on that!
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Old November 15th, 2013, 11:49 AM
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Sweet, thanks, I may take you up on that!
Sure thing. It is the earlier version of this one: http://www.amazon.com/Thule-635B-Son.../dp/B00B35SO1I
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I invested in a Yakima Skybox a long time ago. I liked the way the Yakima attached to the cross bars better. It was mandatory on trips when the kids were young and we needed strollers, pack and plays, diaper bags, etc. I have the Skybox 21 I think. It will fit 3 large suitcases and a whole bunch of other stuff packed in around them. Also great for sandy beach toys, skiis, wet camping gear, etc. I store mine vertically on the wall. The two front feet hook over a horizontal piece of 1" galvanized pipe.
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Old November 15th, 2013, 12:09 PM
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I would suggest you use a couple of high quality Pelican cases....
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Old November 15th, 2013, 12:18 PM
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The beauty of a loaner is that it doesn't have to stay in your garage the other 50 weeks of the year!

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Exactly, next I'm going to start asking for advice on boats and mountain cabins!
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Old November 15th, 2013, 12:35 PM
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Correction, this is the one I have:
http://www.rei.com/product/784511/ya...ro-18-roof-box
The mounting feet adjust quite easily, no tools needed. I have family/friends with the X-cargo boxes and bags and while they do work, they just make me uneasy. The mounting systems aren't very good. Usually you get nut and bolt hardware or have to resort to ratchet straps over the top. There's also the weather to consider. I have total confidence cruising down the highway at 80(not in my Rover of course, LOL) in a torrential downpour. I know the box won't budge and things will stay dry.
Honestly ponying up the cash for the Yakima was one of the best purchases I've made for my family. I can have it off my wall and mounted securely in under 5 minutes. I find myself using it more because its so easy to mount. I'll take it on a short weekend camping trip 1/2 hour away just so I don't have to worry about cramming everything in.

So if this is something you plan on using many times for quite a while I say drop the coin on a good one. Mine is still in pristine condition despite being 5 years old. I have no doubt I could turn around and sell it today for $300, not that I want to.
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Hitch mount baskets have worked very well for me. No effect on MPG. Grandma said it was pretty cold though.
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I rent them although on the wrong coast -

www.rentmycargobox.com

yes the negative is storing them when you are not using them - don't loose many mpgs water proof etc

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I have probably told you this story but I wanted to go to the last shuttle launch and at the time we didn't have a "family" car for the 2k mile trip so the ladies got to choose between packing light and going in the little 3 series BMW, or taking whatever the F they wanted in the D90 and trailer. They chose the D90. It's not as bad as you'd think other than gas mileage. Peaceful as hell because bitching and whining is pointless when no-one can hear it!
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I rent them although on the wrong coast -

www.rentmycargobox.com

yes the negative is storing them when you are not using them - don't loose many mpgs water proof etc

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That is an Awesome idea!
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I know you are looking at box over bag, but the bag I got for Coyote's SD works extremely well, and is easily stored, not as cheap as borrowing a box of course but is a good solution depending on intended application.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000H6P55W/...431760_A1_dp_3
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I would suggest you use a couple of high quality Pelican cases....
That's what I was thinking. I can't think of a better way to justify the cost of a Pelican case.
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That's what I was thinking. I can't think of a better way to justify the cost of a Pelican case.
Yeah I was just kiddin him! He's the King of Pelican...obviously he's metro-sexing his LR....
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Thule. Big enough for luggage and skis. Simple attachment to any crossbar.

I don't like Yakimas because of their round load bars which makes attachments such as ski holders slide around unlike the oval or square bars from Thule.
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