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Thule Sidekick Rooftop Carrier FAQs

Thule Sidekick Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

So you have an upcoming adventure and are trying to figure if you should buy or rent a Thule Sidekick. Below we have listed out our top FAQs received regarding the Thule Sidekick. Let us help you today. Check out the Thule Sidekick rental now. 

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**1. What makes the Thule Sidekick different from other rooftop carriers?
The Thule Sidekick stands out for its sleek design, durability, and ease of use. Unlike some bulkier carriers, its compact profile minimizes wind resistance, contributing to fuel efficiency. Its rugged construction ensures longevity and protection for your cargo.

**2. How do I install the Thule Sidekick on my vehicle?
Installation is straightforward. Utilize the provided manual for step-by-step instructions. Generally, it involves attaching the carrier to your vehicle’s crossbars using the U-bolts provided. Thule often includes detailed instructions and diagrams to simplify the process.

**3. Is the Thule Sidekick compatible with all vehicles?
The Thule Sidekick is compatible with a wide range of vehicles, from sedans to SUVs, as long as they have crossbars installed. It’s crucial to check Thule’s fit guide or consult with their customer service to ensure compatibility with your specific vehicle make and model.

**4. What is the weight capacity of the Thule Sidekick?
The Thule Sidekick has a weight capacity of 75 pounds, making it suitable for carrying a variety of items, including luggage, sports gear, and camping equipment. It’s essential to adhere to this weight limit to maintain safety and prevent damage to both the carrier and your vehicle.

**5. Can I access my vehicle’s trunk with the Thule Sidekick installed?
Yes, the Thule Sidekick is designed with user convenience in mind. Its low-profile design allows for easy access to your vehicle’s trunk without the need to remove the carrier. This is particularly advantageous during road trips when quick access to essentials may be necessary.

**6. Is the Thule Sidekick weatherproof?
The Thule Sidekick is weather-resistant, providing protection against rain and snow. However, it’s advisable to use additional weatherproof covers or bags for extra protection during heavy rain or extended exposure to the elements.

**7. Can I leave the Thule Sidekick on my vehicle when not in use?
While it’s possible to leave the Thule Sidekick on your vehicle when not in use, removing it when not needed can prolong its lifespan and prevent theft. Thule Sidekick’s quick-release functionality makes installation and removal relatively easy.

**8. Does the Thule Sidekick create additional noise during travel?
Generally, the Thule Sidekick is designed to be aerodynamic, minimizing wind noise. However, factors like speed and crossbar design can influence noise levels. Proper installation, including securing loose items, can contribute to a quieter travel experience.

**9. Can I use the Thule Sidekick for long-distance travel?
Absolutely. The Thule Sidekick is well-suited for long-distance travel. It has been tested for stability and durability, making it a reliable companion for road trips, vacations, and outdoor adventures.

**10. Are there accessories available for the Thule Sidekick?
Thule offers various accessories to enhance the functionality of the Sidekick, including locks for added security, cargo nets for securing loose items, and weather-resistant covers for extra protection.

11. Can I try the Thule Sidekick prior to buying it? 

Yes, all Thule Sidekick rentals are eligible for our try before you buy program.  Learn more here. 

In conclusion, the Thule Sidekick Rooftop Carrier is a versatile and user-friendly solution for expanding your vehicle’s cargo capacity. Check out the Thule Sidekick rental now. 

By addressing these frequently asked questions, we aim to provide clarity and empower you to make the most out of your Thule Sidekick experience.

If you have additional queries, don’t hesitate to reach out to our customer support for personalized assistance. Happy travels!