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Old 07-16-2012, 10:38 PM
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A bunch of us are planning a camping trip and are trying not to take more than one vehicle. However, we have more gear than the trunk will hold. A such, I am considering buying a Roof Top Cargo Carrier ( i have been wanting one anyway for our trips during the holidays). Anyone have any recommendations? I have been looking at theThule Atlantis Rooftop Cargo Carriers. They are expensive but I like the long slim design. I ran across a post on the site a long time ago when I was looking for something else but can't seem to find it now. I want to keep the cost of the carrier under $450 or so. I have an SUV and most seem to be universal.

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Stick with Thule. You won't be disappointed.
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think about a hitch carrier as well. it just goes into your receiver on the back of your vehicle and holds a lot and can easily be accessible.
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I found mine on craigslist for $50. Take a look around.
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Dont it will KILL your gas mileage
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I have a basket and it works great. It’s flexible in terms of loading (a pod would not fit my kids trikes) and it was less than $100. I cover it with a tarp and bungee cords and it keeps my stuff fairly dry.

P.S. and I live in Western Washington so its wet here most of the time
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I found mine on craigslist for $50. Take a look around.
This^^. Look on craigslist. Usually they have good deals.

And are people really worried about gas milage on a single road trip? That extra $5 bucks in fuel because of the carrier is going to break the bank
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You might want to check out Pep Boys as they sell different models of the Thule cargo boxes that don't have a glossy finish for a lot less that the glossy finish models.
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This^^. Look on craigslist. Usually they have good deals.

And are people really worried about gas milage on a single road trip? That extra $5 bucks in fuel because of the carrier is going to break the bank
Thanks. I agree on the gas mileage. Without the carrier we will have to take two SUVs.
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I have a basket and it works great. Itís flexible in terms of loading (a pod would not fit my kids trikes) and it was less than $100. I cover it with a tarp and bungee cords and it keeps my stuff fairly dry.

P.S. and I live in Western Washington so its wet here most of the time
What do you put your stuff in? Storage containers? We have several backpaks and some smaller odd shaped things we would like to carry with us.
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What do you put your stuff in? Storage containers? We have several backpaks and some smaller odd shaped things we would like to carry with us.
Rubbermaid tubs, never had one leak or open yet. Besides that they are of uniform size so they fit perfectly in our basket. The down side is you may kinda look like a survivalist with the roof basket on your car

Oh, the one down side is that you can't really secure the stuff in the basket once you are stationary, i.e. most pods lock. I don’t leave my roof rack loaded overnight and even if I did it’s kind of hard for most folks to take the gear down without a ladder (I am 6’10”). If you are in a dicey area and need lockable storage a roof basket probably is not ideal.

P.S. during my last family vacation average mileage for the week went from 18.1 mpg without the loaded basket to 16.8 mpg with the loaded basket so I didn’t see a huge loss in fuel economy. That being said I mostly used state highways (50mph) rather than high speed interstates (75mph).
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Rubbermaid tubs, never had one leak or open yet. Besides that they are of uniform size so they fit perfectly in our basket. The down side is you may kinda look like a survivalist with the roof basket on your car

Oh, the one down side is that you can't really secure the stuff in the basket once you are stationary, i.e. most pods lock. I donít leave my roof rack loaded overnight and even if I did itís kind of hard for most folks to take the gear down without a ladder (I am 6í10Ē). If you are in a dicey area and need lockable storage a roof basket probably is not ideal.

P.S. during my last family vacation average mileage for the week went from 18.1 mpg without the loaded basket to 16.8 mpg with the loaded basket so I didnít see a huge loss in fuel economy. That being said I mostly used state highways (50mph) rather than high speed interstates (75mph).
Thanks for the info. We are heading out into the woods so for this trip locks are not necessary. However, one of my buddys who is traveling with me made a good point that we can add our rods to the long skinny ones.
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If your car has roof racks with crossbars use a hard-cased golf travel bag. Secure with a ratchet tie-down. Not as stylish as a Thule/Yakima but a lot cheaper and somewhat more aerodynamic/weatherproof than a plastic tote/basket.
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I tried using a rubbermaid tote, filled with sleeping gear and a tent on the roof of the trailer, although the lid latched shut using two ratcheting tie downs warped the tote's shape and lid started to works its way off..... I made it about 12 miles at highway speeds before losing my t load, the multitude of folks that stopped to help were a godsend, not something I'd expect in a real BOL, the time delay hikng down the highway
may not have possible during a real evacuation, all but 1 sleeping bag was recovered, whoever had it would have had to driven by me on foot and my family down the road; I would agree with 'marauder, get a thule. good luck!
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I just picked one up for 20$
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Sears sells a decent model for less cash.
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ARB roof rack.
You can mount it to the next SUV due to its versatility. It will hold up 150kg if your roof can handle that.
Wind noise is neglectable- I use an air deflector for milage. Best thing since inventing the trailer.
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We have had a Sear's Escargo roof top carrier for many years. Yes, they are big and bulky and not streamlined like the Thule roof top carriers, but man, can you stash a lot of stuff inside there!

I also agree that using a Hitch-Hauler (receiver hitch basket) that can hold another 500 pounds of gear is well worth it to save precious inside space.

One tip to offer, consider packing your items inside an empty cooler. The cooler is not going to leak or allow rain or dust from the road to get inside and it is tough. You could even pack a couple of coolers and rachet strap them to the roof if you don't want to buy a roof top carrier.

Whatever you do, make sure it is well secured to your vehicle and that the lid of the container is also well secured. I have seen vehicles driving down the highway with the lid blowing up in the wind. That would really add a heavier burden to your gas mileage and could also cause you to lose items from inside or have them ruined (until laundered) from rain or dirt getting to them.

Walmart also sells a soft sided roof top carrier. Look in the Automotive / RV area. These allow you to pack your stuff in there and cinch it down to only take up as much room as you actually need. I've never used one, but they look like they might be another option for what you are trying to do.

Have fun on your journey!

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I use mine all the time for longer trips and its a long skinny version.
When the wind starts whipping into the unit you'll be glad everythings enclosed and not flapping around.
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