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how to mount roof top cargo carrier

how to mount roof top cargo carrier

A Quick Mounting Guide to Save You Time, Money and Energy

Trying to figure out how to a mount roof top cargo carrier to your sedan, SUV or compact car?

You have come to the right place. Below is a quick pro tip list to help make this roof top cargo carrier mounting process easier. 

How to Mount Roof Top Cargo Carrier Pro Tip 1: Figure out what type of rack systems is on your car’s roof.

This clarification is important because car roofs and rooftop carriers come in all different shapes and sizes. If you don’t know this rack answer, walk out to your garage right now and take a photo of your roof for reference. Also, measure the dimensions of your roof while you are out out there.

You are going to need to know this roof information as you walk through this process. A few minutes of planning will save a you future headaches later.  

Depending on what rooftop rack system or the lack thereof will impact how you will mount your roof top cargo carrier. 

  1. If Option One, you have a naked roof, before renting or purchasing make sure the carrier can work in your car via the installation instructions. You shouldn’t assume every carrier will work. 
  2. If Option Two, your car has a rail system but it only runs down the sides of the car and does not cross. Side rails can either come with your car or you can purchase them to attach to your car.
  3. If Option Three, your car has a rail system which has a cross rail system. This set up is ideal. Cross rail systems can either come with your car or you can purchase one to attach to your car. 

How to Mount Roof Top Cargo Carrier Pro Tip 2: Purchase or Rent a Rooftop Cargo Carrier Pad.

If you want to prevent any nicks or marks on your car’s roof, consider utilizing a roof top carrier pad. They are a cheap purchase ranging around $25 to buy or $10 to rent from us.

They are inserted between your car’s roof and the car top carrier.  They help to ensure the roof top cargo carrier is mounted securely.  For a few extra bucks you potentially prevent hundreds of dollars of auto body repairs.  roof top carrier pad; car top carrier pad; mount roof top cargo carrier 

How to Mount Roof Top Cargo Carrier Pro Tip 3: Place the empty roof top cargo carrier on your roof prior to placing items within it. 

This step is crucial as it allows you to not put added pressure on the bag during transport onto the roof.

It also allows you to evenly distribute the weight on the roof.  Both preventive steps will help prevent the rooftop cargo carrier from opening during your road trip. 

Want to read more pro tips and tricks? Check out our Beginner’s Guide to Renting a Rooftop Carrier

Want to watch more pro tips and trick. Check out our instructional video below. 

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