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Most important Thule Sidekick Rooftop Carrier Instruction Advice

Below are the top pieces of instruction from the Thule Sidekick instruction guidance that we believe you should review. 

  • Check the Thule Fit Guide or the manufactures’ guidelines for any restrictions about using car top boxes on your load carrier.
  • Do not carry more than 35 kg (75 lbs.) in the box. Loads that exceed this limit are not covered by the warranty.
  • Do not exceed the weight limit of your roof rack. Total load = cargo weight plus luggage box used to carry cargo.
  • Make sure all knobs, bolts and locks are firmly attached, tightened and locked before every trip. Knobs, bolts and locks must be periodically inspected for signs of wear, corrosion and fatigue. Check your load at stops during the trip to ensure continued fastening security.
  • Be aware of the width and height of your cargo since low clearance branches, bridges and parking garages can damage the load. All cargo will affect the vehicle’s driving behavior. Never drive with any lock, knob or rack in an open, unlocked or loose condition.
  • Remove your box when not in use and before entering automatic car washes.
  • All locks must be turned and moved periodically to ensure smooth operation. Use graphite or similar dry lubricant to help this. The locks are designed to deter vandalism and theft. Remove valuable gear if your vehicle is unattended for an extended period. Place at least one key in the glove compartment.
  • For safety to your vehicle and rack system, obey all posted speed limits and traffic cautions. Adapt your speed to the conditions of the road and the load being carried.
  • Do not use load carriers and accessories for purposes other than those for which they were designed.
  • Do not exceed their carrying capacity. Failure to follow these guidelines or the product’s instructions will void the warranty.