Roof basket/roof rack questions.

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Petros
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Re: Roof basket/roof rack questions.

Post by Petros » Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:25 pm

a lot of weight that high, plus the extra drag, makes it feel odd and unbalanced when driving. with only 62 hp, any extra drag is felt when at freeway speeds.

I generally do not like putting extra cargo on the roof because of the cost in fuel economy, OTOH, with more than two people and loaded with camping/ski gear, etc. not much else where you can put the luggage. And even than, it is still less costly than driving a full sized SUV (and luggage still manages to get on to the roof despite the larger size).

I had been thinking of making a roof cargo box, shaped like a half of a stream lined torpeado or something similar, that sits flat on the roof. Big enough for skis, backpacks, etc. I should think it should not have the same amount of drag as a roof basket, or even the cargo compartments. It could be made really light using the same construction method I use to build kayaks or small boats.
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Re: Roof basket/roof rack questions.

Post by Termell » Sun Jul 28, 2019 5:16 pm

Abletobecain wrote:
Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:44 am
It worked great but the drag was ridiculous with my cooler and water jug and my dog's food bucket up there...oh, and two camp chairs. I looked like The Beverly Hillbillies, ha! And she was slooooow...all the more reason to put in a 4AC.
Too bad to hear about the dragging. Those really affects the aerodynamics.

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