Probably so. The good roof racks and accessories, e.g., Yakima, are pretty costly. I think we paid about $300 installed for a Hidden Hitch 1-1/4" receiver, and maybe $150 or so for the cargo rack. The plastic containers were almost free. Bike racks come in all styles and prices--in fact we have two different ones depending on how far we plan to travel. I paid around $20 at WallyWorld for a Master, stainless, locking hitch pin to hold things to the receiver. We'll still use the roof rack for bringing small quantities of lumber, etc., home from the local home improvement warehouses.04CopperSL said:I am sure the cost is about the same too...
I do not agree with your comment on the fuel economy as on my last trip to the mountains I average 10 lts/100 km instead of my usual 9.0lts/100 km. My rocket box seems to slip through the air and does not cause that much of a penalty in fuel economy.dklanecky1 said:I also have the Yakima towers clamped on my roof rack rails and an aero dynamic "box".
I would steer you away from that option, based primarily on the gas mileage penalty that the box will exact. Especially the way gas prices are moving right now.
The class II trailer hitch gives you a lot more options with a lot less wind resistance. It's not a big factor if your going a short distance, but whose gonna go a short distance with a roof box? Every time I've used it, it's been a trip of 500 miles or more.
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My speed is usually set at 100 Km/h to get that type of fuel economy. I am going on a trip up to Edmonton to see my daughter play in the provincal indoor soccer finals, so I will do another fuel check and let you know. I am hoping to go to Edmonton and back on one tank.ADV said:I prefer Thule as their designs score way more points in the cool department, especially their cargo boxes. Yakima is a little behind the times when it comes to constuction and, dare I say, fashion. I have experienced both systems and prefer Thule for performance and style.
Stoker, what speed and at what temperature are you driving at. 9ltrs/100k is quite good! I'm only getting 10 and there are no mountains here. Ahh the mountains, lucky you.
Just to clarify: Our cargo rack permits the tailgate to be opened with a load in place, using load boxes that I guess to be 18-20 inches high. Without getting it too far back, the distance from the receiver to the rack can be adjusted to permit this--actually the bottom of the gate is quite a bit above the bottom of the rear bumper where the receiver is located.ToddEichel said:I do agree that if you don't mind not being able to open the tailgate with it attatched, a hitch mounted box might be a better way to go.