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Roof basket/roof rack questions.

Post by Abletobecain » Fri May 10, 2019 8:06 am

Hello all,

I'm getting ready for camping season. Since my dog has the whole back end of the car I have no room to store any gear. So I'm getting a roof box. My problem Is that I also want a basket to put lights on. The only way to do that (I think) is to get a small box for the back half and a small basket for the front half. I'm just wondering if anyone has done anything like this already and hoping to see some pics of the set up if so. Any ideas would be appreciated too. I've thought about stacking the box higher than the basket or even chopping the back wall of the basket off so the front edge of the box can rest on the floor of the basket. The shortest box I can find is 4' 10". Any ideas?

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Re: Roof basket/roof rack questions.

Post by LowBuckCanuck » Fri May 10, 2019 9:53 am

Why not just go with just a roof box, and mount lights off of the mounting hardware/roof rack? I think you have to choose one or the other in this case.

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Re: Roof basket/roof rack questions.

Post by Abletobecain » Fri May 10, 2019 10:14 am

I was thinking about just a bar across the front to mount lights but I also want to get a cooler strapped up there so I'd really like a basket. I measured this morning and the 58" Yakima Rocketbox Pro 12 would leave me about 15" of space on the front of the roof before the basket overhangs the windshield a ridiculous amount. That should be just enough to get my cooler up there. I think I'll just have to modify the basket unless there's some super short baskets out there. I've done lots of searching but haven't found exactly what I want yet.
1977 BMW R100S 1WD ("Brunhilda"/Summer Fun)
2007 Tundra Limited Crewmax 4x4 ("Tetsuo Shima"/Hauler)
1983 DLX Tercel Wagon 4WD ("Charlie"/Daily Driver)
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Re: Roof basket/roof rack questions.

Post by Petros » Fri May 10, 2019 8:25 pm

get a large basket with front mounted lights, than strap a box into it when you want your roof storage out of the weather. somewhat more trouble, you can strap duffels and luggage directly into the basket, cover with a weather proof trap if concerned with rain.
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Re: Roof basket/roof rack questions.

Post by Abletobecain » Wed May 15, 2019 9:18 am

I was thinking of that too Petros but thought it might raise the box up too high for my liking.

I got the short box I wanted so now I just need two more bars and a basket for the front.

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Re: Roof basket/roof rack questions.

Post by Abletobecain » Tue May 21, 2019 8:56 am

Got it dialed...for now. I'm going to end up selling the Yakima basket as it's too wide for the car, and have a custom one fabricated that looks like this one but much shorter: https://www.quadratec.com/products/1224 ... JnILnrJmFM

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Re: Roof basket/roof rack questions.

Post by NWMO » Tue May 21, 2019 10:20 am

AbletobeCain,

I would be curious if you would share your change in mpg due to the baskets/racks. I prefer the look, but haven't had a real need, so I haven't pursued this yet. I expect that to change, but I'm not certain I want the extra drag of the basket all the time.

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