Car roof rack uses
May 20, 2013 6:43 AM Subscribe
I have never owned a car roof rack. I would like to own one to haul extra stuff. What are the best uses for a car roof rack? What configurations and additional roof rack accessories will I need to best utilize it?
posted by jillithd to travel & transportation (22 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I have a 2008 Mazda5 that I love. It can haul lots of stuff in the back with the seats down. It also has pre-made notches in the top to accommodate a dealer-specified roof rack. I want to get one! But do I need a basket thing? Or one of those plastic space-pod type containers to go on top? (What goes in those?) Can I fit a bicycle (or two or three?) with one of those space-pod things on top at the same time? Can I put a full cooler up there?
We go camping. Last year, just myself, my husband, and our 60 pound dog went overnight camping and the entire car was packed to the gills. (Minimalism is not our strong suit.) We will be having a baby this summer and there are no plans in the next five years to replace this car. But we will obviously have extra stuff. Possible things we might want to put up on the roof rack: suitcases (or carry-on sized suitcases), tent, inflatable mattress, firewood, cooler, a big plastic bin filled with our dry goods/cooking supplies. Maybe one day: bikes (two adults and one kid)
We also have in the past gone on baseball tailgating road trips with 5 adults and had to give someone else our coolers because there was no room for bags, people, and coolers. Is it completely ridiculous to think of putting a fully loaded cooler on top of my car?
What kind of things can fit into those odd-shaped space-pod type containers? Full suitcases? Or do they only fit squishy soft-sided things like duffel bags?
Like I said, I've never used one of these before so I need a better understanding of what they can and cannot handle.