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Old December 10th, 2013, 06:18 PM   #1
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Rooftop cargo boxes

I'm in the market for one...however there are several on the market. So with this in mind any brand I should stay away from? Anyone have one they are thinking about getting rid of?
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Old December 10th, 2013, 06:23 PM   #2
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Old December 10th, 2013, 06:28 PM   #3
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I'll give you a good deal on one of these.

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Old December 10th, 2013, 06:38 PM   #4
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I've had two of the XCargo ones. Would have had only one, but I loaned it out and never got it back.

The remaining one is going to become a motorcycle trailer someday.

Wax the roof of the car to keep the rubber pads from marking the paint. Do use padlocks to keep the latches from popping, however locks will not keep even the dumbest thief out.

Don't put it on the roof of an RV, unless you put a post it note on your dash stating 'remember the cargo box on the roof, dummy'. You WILL forget it is up there, but memory will return in McDonald's drive thru.

Don't put more in the box than your roof will support. That's how I got my first one, neighbor got pissed when he discovered that the box might hold 150lbs, but his roof was only good for 75. (huge dent)

It will affect your gas mileage, and crosswinds can be entertaining.


Overall, I like the XCargo ones, but that's the only brand I've had. Handy when you are taking a bunch of young 'uns camping. You can threaten to put the unruly ones in the box for the rest of the trip.
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Old December 10th, 2013, 06:42 PM   #5
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I'll give you a good deal on one of these.

How big is that? As in the dimensions. Can I mount it to the roof bars of an explorer?
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Old December 10th, 2013, 07:42 PM   #6
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Yakima. Find the lowest profile one that will hold whatever it is you want to put in it. They suck your fuel mileage like a mother fucker.

Get one used on the craigslist machine.
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Old December 10th, 2013, 07:43 PM   #7
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How big is that? As in the dimensions. Can I mount it to the roof bars of an explorer?
Do you have cross bars and side rails?
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Old December 10th, 2013, 07:48 PM   #8
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Old December 10th, 2013, 07:49 PM   #9
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Yakima. Find the lowest profile one that will hold whatever it is you want to put in it. They suck your fuel mileage like a mother fucker.

Get one used on the craigslist machine.
Do I want a Yakima or do I want to stay away from Yakima?
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Old December 10th, 2013, 07:51 PM   #10
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Old December 10th, 2013, 07:54 PM   #11
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Yakima or Thule are the go to brands. I agree with Craiglist.

Also be sure to check into the accessories you might need to mount it to your factory rack system.
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Old December 10th, 2013, 08:20 PM   #12
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Do I want a Yakima or do I want to stay away from Yakima?
Yakima or thule, they will also hold value pretty well when you go to sell. I've been looking for one for a while but can't justify the prices
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Old December 10th, 2013, 08:21 PM   #13
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Yakima or thule, they will also hold value pretty well when you go to sell. I've been looking for one for a while but can't justify the prices
You would be just the geek who I would have thought to had one...sucks because I was going to borrow it!
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Old December 10th, 2013, 09:26 PM   #14
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I've got one i bought from sears years ago.
adjustable brackets to attach to roof rack, solid plastic.

Been good except for when it fell one winter and cracked a corner right off.
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Old December 10th, 2013, 09:31 PM   #15
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Need one to put your shit in when your house gets foreclosed?
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Old December 10th, 2013, 09:39 PM   #16
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Rooftop cargo boxes


Mine on my kayak trailer,mounted with uni strut.
These work and are usually cheaper than Thule and Yakima. Plus will work and just about any cross bar.
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Old December 10th, 2013, 09:39 PM   #17
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http://m.rei.com/mt/www.rei.com/

I've heard good things about this company.
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Old December 11th, 2013, 12:34 AM   #18
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I usually just roll stuff up in a tarp and strap it down with bungies.


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Old December 11th, 2013, 06:03 AM   #19
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Yakima. Find the lowest profile one that will hold whatever it is you want to put in it. They suck your fuel mileage like a mother fucker.

Get one used on the craigslist machine.
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I bought a used one for a trip down to SC five years ago, it halved the mpg on the Escape it was attached to. I sold it as soon as we got home.

The sears ones can be had on CL for $50 or so, but those typically require a drip rail to attach them properly.
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Old December 11th, 2013, 06:58 AM   #20
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I put one on my Vibe for a road trip. That car usually got 33-35 MPG @ 70-75 MPH. My mileage went down to about 20 the same speed. I sold it as soon as I got home. It served the purpose for that trip, but for what we lost in gas, I could have shipped the stuff UPS round trip instead.

I would expect the lower profile ones would minimize this loss. Look at your total cost of ownership. The initial investment on a Thule or Yakima box might be higher, but if you plan to use it much, the total cost of owners might be much, much cheaper less.

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