Roof basket/roof rack questions.

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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.
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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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Re: Roof basket/roof rack questions.

Post by Abletobecain » Tue May 21, 2019 1:39 pm

I will definitely share the data once I get it. I've been tracking MPG since I got the car...even types of gas. Once I have a few tanks on this set up I'll post an average loss. I'm expecting some but it's worth it to me as I camp a lot and my dog takes up the entire back end. I will say I've ran a couple tanks with the box only and barely noticed any loss...maybe a MPG or 2 at most but I see that fluctuation with just types of gas too.
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Re: Roof basket/roof rack questions.

Post by Abletobecain » Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:51 pm

Well I only ran two tanks through her before I took the basket and box off. Off of those two though it looked like I dropped from a consistent 27-28 to 22-23. I did have a lot of weight up there though. I might run some tanks with just the basket/just the box and see what that does. I decided to just make the 87 my camping rig and keep my 83 the daily economy driver. Swapped shoes too...pics over here: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=13838&p=107836#p107836
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1985 SR5 Tercel Wagon 4WD ("Lucky"/Project)
1983 SR5 Tercel Wagon 4WD ("Cadaver"/Parts Car)
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Re: Roof basket/roof rack questions.

Post by NWMO » Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:37 am

Thanks,

Loved the pics. That is a big old basket.

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Re: Roof basket/roof rack questions.

Post by Brodieroni82 » Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:56 am

I’d buy that small basket off of you! Do you still have it or is it gone already?

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Re: Roof basket/roof rack questions.

Post by Abletobecain » Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:05 am

That's just the front half of a Yakima Mega Warrior. It just got swapped over to my camping T4. I have the back half though but I'm keeping it just in case I want to run just the basket sometime or I switch it to a different car/truck later. Keep looking on offerup, CL, and FB Marketplace. It took me about a month of checking everyday but finally found the basket ($449 new) in like new condition with all the mounting hardware, cross rails, and locking feet for $155.
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Re: Roof basket/roof rack questions.

Post by Brodieroni82 » Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:22 am

Oh I see, didn’t realize it was half. I’ve seen some shorties out there, I’ll keep poking around for one. Thanks for getting back to me.

Offer up is awesome - just found a fella selling a non-running 85 sr5 4wd that appears to be in great condition. He agreed to work me with on a parts deal. I’m going to take a look at it Friday.

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Re: Roof basket/roof rack questions.

Post by Termell » Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:19 pm

Abletobecain wrote:
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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That's nice set up! Looks very sturdy enough.

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Re: Roof basket/roof rack questions.

Post by Abletobecain » 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.
1977 BMW R100S 1WD ("Brunhilda"/Summer Fun)
2007 Tundra Limited Crewmax 4x4 ("Tetsuo Shima"/Hauler) SOLD :cry:
1983 DLX Tercel Wagon 4WD ("Charlie"/Daily Driver)
1987 SR5 Tercel Wagon 4WD ("Sprocket"/Off-road-Camping)
1985 SR5 Tercel Wagon 4WD ("Lucky"/Project)
1983 SR5 Tercel Wagon 4WD ("Cadaver"/Parts Car)
1987 DLX Tercel Wagon 4WD ("Lil Red"/for sale soon)

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