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    i'm trying to find one that is bigger then 21 cuft. i want it kind of boxy.
    the only dumb question is the one that is not asked!

  • #2
    Re: roof top cargo carrier

    Man I don't know where you would find anything that large without building it yourself.

    A couple of quick questions:

    What kind of vehicle?

    What are you trying to carry?

    How easy do you want it to be to get stuff out?

    Mark
    "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

    I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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    • #3
      Re: roof top cargo carrier

      astro

      appliance parts

      currenty use 4 rubbermade totes but i need more room in the van. 31 gal each.

      be able to reach from the sliding door.

      less than 100 lbs of parts
      Last edited by Jerad; 02-09-2010, 08:00 PM.
      the only dumb question is the one that is not asked!

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      • #4
        Re: roof top cargo carrier

        Man this sounds like a really bad idea. That said, the only way it will work is to build something yourself.

        I have the large Yakima box I use to use on the roof of my crew-cab and on Brenda's Expedition. It was such a pain to get into it we would not open it until we reached or destination. I finally got tired of it and now it is bolted to my kayak trailer for storage of equipment.

        Mark
        "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

        I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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        • #5
          Re: roof top cargo carrier

          drain equipment takes a lot of room, jetter, hose reals, latters, cables, 30 gal compressor, appliance parts, cameras, etc and that awkward room taking K-60 with all the bells and whistles!
          the only dumb question is the one that is not asked!

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          • #6
            Re: roof top cargo carrier

            When I had my Astro, I had a large crate built on a steel frame that slipped into my trailer hitch. It's less permanent but quick and easy access.

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            • #7
              Re: roof top cargo carrier

              Bill, i need access to the rear as well. unless i want to unload stuff then load it back in. i have seen the swingaway. but it doesn't have enough room.
              Last edited by Jerad; 02-09-2010, 08:18 PM.
              the only dumb question is the one that is not asked!

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              • #8
                Re: roof top cargo carrier

                time for either a trailer

                or a larger 1 ton van.

                i know you travel lots of miles, so a diesel makes more sense.

                make sure it's a 3/4 or 1 ton. not a 1/2 ton as the brakes and suspension are way too small for your application.

                rick.
                phoebe it is

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                • #9
                  Re: roof top cargo carrier

                  i was kinda thinking really small trailer. like a 4x4 size. the only problem to much snow and you go 200 ft into a driveway and you have to back out. my drive is 257 feet and you have to back out in the snow. the bigger van would be a yes. but i have so much more life out of my van. i only have 120,000 miles and it still drives like new. i still get the same gpm too.
                  the only dumb question is the one that is not asked!

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                  • #10
                    Re: roof top cargo carrier

                    I would look at the ford transit shelf setups. It's about the same size as an astro. Another reason the outside rack is a bad idea is because the wind resistance will seriously lower mpg. Can you post pics of the inside of the van with dimensions so we could give some better ideas?
                    Buy cheap, buy twice.

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                    • #11
                      Re: roof top cargo carrier

                      an asrto is bigger then a transit. i went to look at those last year. a full size van is 2.5 feet longer and 10 inches taller. now those extended vans are 6 feet longer.
                      the only dumb question is the one that is not asked!

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                      • #12
                        Re: roof top cargo carrier

                        so i ended up getting an older used roof top one, missing the lock and buckels. that i'll have to order. it is square and boxy but should hold all appliance parts. i just have to install a roof rack. mount it and i'm all set.
                        what kind of gpm loss should i expect? 1-2 mpg less? i know that when i have nothing in the van i get 19 mpg avg. when i load it up i get 16 mpg avg.
                        the only dumb question is the one that is not asked!

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