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Looks like my Thule but more expensive.
Boxes come in two styles. Short and fat, and long and thin. I got the second.
It holds skis well, is more aerodynamic, sits on one side making the stuff more accessable. The roof rack was a little wide front to back to fit it in stock holes so I drilled 4 new ones. Took 2 minutes and fits great. Hatch won't have a problem with anything you get. Also look at Yakima. Last, I got some generic carpet floor mats, cut them to fit, and carpeted the bottom of the box. They just sit there but they stop rattling and things moving around. ;)
 

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I have the Yakima and I also had to drill new holes. As TB said, it was very simple. I took a look at the new Yakimas, and at that time, they didn't make any cargo box that would fit without modification.

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I'm looking at getting a safari rack and then something like this.
http://www.discount-trailers.com/rooftop_cargo_carrier.htm

If the basket doesn't look to bad I'll keep it on....either way I figure the combination of the bag and rack will take up less garage space than one of the hard shell things.
 

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llajumpvid said:
I'm looking at getting a safari rack and then something like this.
http://www.discount-trailers.com/rooftop_cargo_carrier.htm

If the basket doesn't look to bad I'll keep it on....either way I figure the combination of the bag and rack will take up less garage space than one of the hard shell things.
Know of any good deals out there on the safari racks? I like they way they look on the Armada...
 

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llajumpvid said:
I'm looking at getting a safari rack and then something like this.
http://www.discount-trailers.com/rooftop_cargo_carrier.htm

If the basket doesn't look to bad I'll keep it on....either way I figure the combination of the bag and rack will take up less garage space than one of the hard shell things.
Baskets are good, but not weatherproof. Driving long distances, you often find weather. Tarps and garbage bags don't work very well and are a PITA.
Another good thing about the long thin carrier is I can stand it on end in the garage. It takes up A 3X3 square. I usually bungie it to the end of a plastic bookshelf I got from home depot that holds my wax, oil, etc. ;)
 

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92TripleBlack said:
Baskets are good, but not weatherproof. Driving long distances, you often find weather. Tarps and garbage bags don't work very well and are a PITA.
Another good thing about the long thin carrier is I can stand it on end in the garage. It takes up A 3X3 square. I usually bungie it to the end of a plastic bookshelf I got from home depot that holds my wax, oil, etc. ;)
Thats why I want a bag as well. The rack I'm looking at is 40x64 so the bag I linked to in the first post will leave a couple feet for putting a gas can and cooler. I'll probably get a hitch tray as well. My daughter is getting old enough we can start camping so I'm looking for room for camping gear and 4 or 5 people. I might get me one of those tents that fit the back as well.
 

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Baskets are definitely more flexible- you could go the offroad setup and strap a spare, your jack, shovel, pick, gas cans etc., put luggage and chests up there, all kinds of stuff that doesn't fit in a box. But, with a box, no strapping stuff in, no hassling with the cover to keep the elements out. Throw your stuff in, close it and LOCK it too. My Thule box had to be modified to fit the stretch, but it is adjustable, so I can put it back on my Pathfinder. Takes 5 minutes, no bolts, has U-shaped clamps that cam-lock on. Stores on a rack in my garage secured to the beam up by the ceiling. Plus my garage door is high enough I can drive in with it on, just can't open it :( inside the garage. One thing to look for if you get a box is that it can open from either side.
BTW, this box happens to be long enought for my 223's :D
 

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Baskets are definitely more flexible- you could go the offroad setup and strap a spare, your jack, shovel, pick, gas cans etc., put luggage and chests up there, all kinds of stuff that doesn't fit in a box. But, with a box, no strapping stuff in, no hassling with the cover to keep the elements out. Throw your stuff in, close it and LOCK it too. My Thule box had to be modified to fit the stretch, but it is adjustable, so I can put it back on my Pathfinder. Takes 5 minutes, no bolts, has U-shaped clamps that cam-lock on. Stores on a rack in my garage secured to the beam up by the ceiling. Plus my garage door is high enough I can drive in with it on, just can't open it :( inside the garage. One thing to look for if you get a box is that it can open from either side.
BTW, this box happens to be long enought for my 223's :D
that looks really nice, is it possible to take a close up picture from a different angel, and How much did you pay? if you don't mind me ask :thumbup:
 

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that looks really nice, is it possible to take a close up picture from a different angel, and How much did you pay? if you don't mind me ask :thumbup:
This is the only other angle that I have a photo of right now. Might be a while until it is on again.
Here is the price... bought it at REI for 20% off last year. Ordered on line and picked up at the store. We have nasty sales tax in Wa.



1 717-405-0018 THULE EVOLUTION 1800 RO 374.99 374.99
BLACK 18 CU FT

1 Item DIV $.00 NON-DIV $374.99

Merchandise Total $374.99
Sales Tax $32.99
Order Total $407.98
VISA $407.98-
Balance Due $.00
 

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Know of any good deals out there on the safari racks? I like they way they look on the Armada...
This is the best I could find, just ordered it. Basket, Extension, deflector, and net delivered for $276. This is about $100 less than I could get the load warrior for. I'll take the $100 and get the travel bag.
http://www.a1-autoracks.com/car-rack-special.html
 

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Is there a cargo box out that that doesn't require modification to fit on the armada? I dont' really want to waste any time setting the thing up. Does anybody have any suggestions?
 

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Is there a cargo box out that that doesn't require modification to fit on the armada? I dont' really want to waste any time setting the thing up. Does anybody have any suggestions?
Not that I know of. The one I had, the long Thule, took all of 10 minutes to drill 4 holes. Not really a slow process. ;)
 

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Not that I know of. The one I had, the long Thule, took all of 10 minutes to drill 4 holes. Not really a slow process. ;)
Is it pretty evident where you are suppose to drill he holes? Thanks
 

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llajumpvid said:
This is the best I could find, just ordered it. Basket, Extension, deflector, and net delivered for $276. This is about $100 less than I could get the load warrior for. I'll take the $100 and get the travel bag.
http://www.a1-autoracks.com/car-rack-special.html
Was this easy to install? Have any pics? overall how happy are you with it? I'm still thinking of the load warrior, but the price on this one looks a lot better! :)
 

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Rack and Box

I use a Thule adventurer box (full roof length, half the width) and a basket I put together on my own. I get the best of both worlds.

I couldn't find a basket that fit my needs (all the one's you can order are the full width of the roof). So I dug around and found a freezer rack at a used store furniture outlet. I painted it black and crafted some clamps from nuts/bolts and aluminum/steel plates. It was a little work, but the results are awesome.

I'm in the middle of a my third cross country trip with this set up and a family of six. All the duffle bags go in the box, the pack-and-plays, stroller, golf clubs and baseball gear goes on the rack.

And by the way...gas mileage is still around 16-18mpg on the highway.
 
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