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.
- If Option One, your car has 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.
- If Option Two, your car has a rail system but it only runs down the sides of the car and does not cross. This option is called a Side Rail System. Side rails can either come with your car or you can purchase them to attach to your car.
- If Option Three, your car has a rail system which has a cross rail system. This set up is ideal. This option is called a Cross Rail System. 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. A rooftop carrier pad is a cheap purchase ranging around $25 to buy or $10 to rent from us.
A carrier pad is 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.
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? Read our Beginner’s Guide to Renting a Rooftop Carrier.
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