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Car roof boxes

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We tested 4 car roof boxes.

A car roof box is a quick and easy solution for your tent in summer or skis in winter.

From our test

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Why get one?

A car roof box is a quick and easy solution for your tent in summer or skis in winter.

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.

What to look for

Thinking about getting a car roof box? Here are some things to check for:

  • If you don’t already have roof bars, you’ll need to install them. It’s a good idea to buy the same brand as your roof box – they’re more likely to be compatible.
  • Measure the distance between your roof bars – you’ll need to buy a roof box that fits.
  • Check the roof box has the dimensions you need. Length is important if you want to store skis.
  • Check the width of the box. Make sure you can reach comfortably across the roof to access it.
  • Roof boxes have load “ratings”. Don’t buy one with a load rating that’s greater than the weight limit specified for your car’s roof.
  • A roof box that opens from either side of the car is safer and easier to use. Roof boxes that only open from the driver’s side can be a hazard if you need to get at the contents when you’re parked on the road.
  • Straps help prevent the load shifting around inside while your car’s on the move. Most roof boxes come with straps – but not all the ones in our test did.