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With summer starting, the prospect of carting around camping and sporting gear in an already packed car can be daunting. With a car roof box, you can store almost anything … depending on the size and weight limits of the box and your car roof.
Rained out of your campsite? Pile it into the roof box without packing it away and you don’t have to worry about the boot getting wet. You can also use one of these boxes for stashing the kids’ dirty sports gear – it’s easy enough to hose it out later. And if you have a small car, a roof box gives you easy storage space for a long weekend.
Car roof boxes have load limits – the ones we tested had a 75kg limit. So store heavier items in the boot and lighter items in your roof box. (In a crash, heavier items will be safer in the boot because a roof box may detach from the roof or the items inside it may crash out.)
Using a roof box will increase your fuel consumption – our test vehicle used just over 12 percent more fuel with the roof box fitted. Make sure you remove the box when you’re not using it.
You can buy a roof box from auto-equipment stores, camping or outdoors shops, and some car dealers and mechanics – they can order one in for you. You can also buy online if you know the model you want.
Some roof box suppliers will also rent them. These rental periods are usually for one week – perfect for that camping or skiing trip. But you need to book early because there’s often limited stock.
Don’t have roof bars? No problem, most shops that rent roof boxes also rent roof bars. Some shops will even help fit the roof bars and roof box to your car. So you’ve got no excuse for not making use of that extra space on your car roof.
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