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Roof Boxes Buying

How to decide:

Think about as well as price and features

The about which roof box to buy mainly be influenced by what of box is appropriate for your requirements, means most importantly width of box?” followed by length of box?”

Price is but bear in mind that a box should be expected to last for family holidays and weekends it should give many of solid and reliable service. We stock any of the really cheap because there are real about their safety and quality.

It’s usually easy to decide which of box to go for. Rule 1: If you want to other things on the roof as as the box, either now or later, a box which leaves space on the bars. That’s obvious. or Medium-width boxes will people who want the flexibility to bikes, windsurfers, or kayaks. 2: If you need to carry long over 2 metres, you’ll a long box, whatever the Also obvious!

Even if you have particularly long to carry, it’s likely a long box will suit you if it’s for use by a family of four or people. Long Medium-width are by far and away our most popular flexible’ boxes. Their advantages are that they can be around by one person, they a very good capacity 460 to 475 litres), they’re easy to and unload, and they’re much than Long Wide to move around and to store. usually space on the roof for two bike carriers as well, if you use aluminium aerobars (which the full length of the bar to be used for carrying).

“Long boxes” almost certainly be longer your car roof and will out over the windscreen, but So what? you won’t notice the box when in the car.

Here are some ‘Rules of thumb’ where are fitted to 120cm roof A family of 5 will probably buy a Medium-width box, leaving for 2 bike carriers on the roof now or in due course (or perhaps a second box). A family of 4 will buy a shorter Medium-width box, room for 1 or 2 bike carriers. 3 can usually be fitted on the back of the or 4 on a tow bar carrier.

Any box can be fitted to any car, within There’s no such thing as a box for a particular car.

Different for different purposes — details

Narrow roof

People usually choose and narrow boxes if they to leave space on the roof of a width vehicle for a kayak, or for two or bike carriers.

Medium-width roof boxes

Wide boxes impose limitations on else you can carry on the roof. will usually be roof bar for one bike carrier, depending on the of the roof bars and whether you use

Our 90 day exchange scheme

A roof box is a item that is usually to hide away “out of and out of mind”, so you won’t want to be with “the wrong We therefore offer a unique [90 day scheme] [link]. Roof are our specialist subject and we know experience which boxes last the pace over years, and which ones don’t, regardless of the manufacturers’ We’re therefore confident our comments, recommendations and star but if you buy from us (and we hope you you may well be buying a roof box that is “sight unseen”, and if you used a roof box before you won’t know what to We really want you to buy a suitable box time out, but if you don’t, “No worries”, you can exchange it.

Brands and overview: Atera, Autoform INNO, KAMEI, Karrite, Yakima

Quality overview

(Formula), Autoform, INNO, (Delphin, 510, Corvara), (Dynamic and Excellence — we don’t stock) and Yakima all use the same quality of plastic and are of overall quality. The Karrite Hapro Roadys and Thule use thinner material. The other fall somewhere in between, the Certos and KAMEI Delphins very similar to the Thule As a rule of thumb, The heavier the the better the quality, although at the end you’ll see that INNO is lightweight materials technology to weight.

Atera is Germany’s car rack systems brand, to BMW amongst others. Their are made for them by Hapro

Autoform is Sweden’s specialist box a top quality manufacturer who do most of roof box business with brands and car manufacturers. Their is a truly innovative box concept.

is one of the three major manufacturers in market, together with and Thule.

INNO boxes are made in They make components for the car industry and their Shadow have state of the art injection-moulded for lightness and stiffness.

KAMEI is roof box specialist. They the best quality boxes on the market, no doubt at all, specialist plastics and taking a compromise’ attitude to design sets the engineering aspects of boxes above the demands of the people. There are three top quality (‘Oyster’ and ‘Corvara’), mid to top and mid market (‘Husky’), a cheaper which still meets all the safety criteria as the rest of the KAMEI supplies many car with own branded top boxes, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen.

Karrite . by Thule, is the UK’s box manufacturer. boxes are very sensible, made from the same and to the same quality as the Thule range.

Thule is the world’s car rack systems manufacturer; boxes are widely sold in the UK so see plenty of them about. have 3 main box ranges economy (‘Pacific’), mid to top (‘Motion’), and top (‘Dynamic’ and ‘Excellence’), although the features in the Dynamics and Excellence are not different to the Motions. The Motion are good value and of very quality.

Yakima is America’s car rack systems brand, and is in the USA. Their SkyBox Pro is right up there for quality and with the INNO Shadows and Corvaras.

We make no apologies for very opinionated about boxes. Profit margins are at the best of times, and sorting out 2 or 3 years up the line (e.g. locks or broken struts) leaves us with an overall as well as being a hassle for our

From left to right: Corvara, Thule Motion Yakima SkyBox Pro 16, Hapro 422 roofbox

At the premium end The Roof Box is proud to be stocking the best available anywhere. The best of INNO, KAMEI, and Yakima are as as it gets.

Capacity versus Things aren’t always they seem

Don’t too much notice of manufacturers’ of capacity (litres). A few extra of height can make a huge to the nominal capacity of a roof but will probably make no to its real world usefulness, if the box lid has pronounced styling. Anyway, the the box the less is the wind resistance. You are to put one layer of soft bags the base of the box, and then and flatter objects on top of them; no box on the will be deep enough for two of soft bags. Length and are therefore the most important of usefulness. Unless indicated all the boxes we sell will several sets of golf or a decent sized tent and bags etc. Many ask whether their child’s will fit in the roof box. The is that It depends — the of the wheels being the usual Don’t forget that it may be to put the buggy in the back of the car, and use the box for other items. Hard especially large ones, are not suitable for use in roof boxes; bags are always more

There is also doubt the reliability of declared box capacities. have a reputation for being about capacity, Thule and swing the other way. at these pictures that (L to R) a Thule 780 (480 litres), a Husky (330 litres), a Kar Odyssey 320 (320 litres). In case the roof box is the full of its carton. Seeing is believing!

The and quality of plastic makes a difference to overall box quality. are subjected to huge forces at and thinner plastic boxes the ones that feel ‘eggshell’ — tend to a bit after prolonged use, as the may compress the thin plastic and about. This isn’t a with thicker plastic / boxes.

Unless stated, all the we sell are made from types of UV-protected ABS plastic, and are fully recyclable. None of the manufacturers uses fibreglass

Box features – the most visible

Locking systems

Central sounds smart, but apart the INNO, KAMEI and Yakima central locking often roof boxes more to close!

Central locking is a idea for vehicles but is often an solution with roof Most central locking require a centrally located key to be and, at the same time, the front and the rear of the box to be properly This seems simple but will become a three i.e. two person operation if is bulky gear in the box, up the lid – even soft coats can this problem — or if the is sagging, either because weak or the box has been loaded with too much weight at the or at the back. KAMEI’s central system is different; you unlock the box a quarter key turn, but you don’t to touch the key when locking it – you pull the box shut until you a click which shows all three locking points engaged, at which point the key can be Their Delphin range push button locks at end, allowing you to lock one end, then the other.

Box to bar fitting systems

Our experience is all boxes are almost as quick and to fit to roof bars, whether or not have ‘quick fit’ It can be awkward to fit U bolts to Wide side opening boxes – you to stretch a long way to the hinge fittings. (Note that has special grippers which their U bolts in place; U that fall back the car roof are a nuisance.)

Bear in also that many leave their box permanently to the roof bars, storing the two perhaps using a roof box so fitting time is irrelevant. And ask yourself the question, If I take my box on 3 times a year, and the slower but lower profile U bolt take an extra 2 minutes to fit time, does this make any difference?

Better boxes have adjustable systems which accommodate roof bar centres, which the hassle of drilling extra

Dual side opening

of the KAMEI Delphin and Husky open from the left side; other boxes on the right hand side. (some), INNO (all), (Corvara DuoLift), Thule the ones we stock) have a side opening system; is very useful on full boxes, particularly when on tall vehicles, but is of less on narrower boxes as for ease of these boxes really to be on one side of the car or the other, and cannot be reached from the other KAMEI’s 450 and Grizzly XL boxes are symmetrical so you can have the opening on the left or the right side of the Placing a box in the middle of the car might tidier but unless it’s a box you’ll end up having to stretch, on the door sill and at risk of your back.

Quite a few people choose the format on the basis of where the car is at home, e.g. there may be a or a wall or a flowerbed, a hazard makes loading much from a particular side.

and streamlining

Quality boxes be almost silent in use. mounted too close to the roof are to generate a whistling noise, so bars lift them at 10cm clear of the car roof.

The of roof bars not covered a roof box tend to make noise; if you are buying a top quality box it sense to buy into the latest low / low noise technology and choose or Thule WingBars.

You NEED bars

Roof boxes are fitted to a set of roof bars, a set of or aluminium bars going the car, from one side to the Cars with factory longitudinal roof rails still need a set of roof going from rail to

Any brand of roof box can be fitted to any of roof bars, whether roof bars are supplied by us or by a car You don’t need to buy your bars from your car accessory catalogue, not least ‘Original Equipment’ bars are own-badged Atera or Thule Of course we would like to you both the box and the roof bars, but is more to it than this. also fair to tell you dealer supplied bars are neat but impractical, being too short to allow you to carry all you to carry, or too weirdly shaped to anything except for a roof for example, you might not be able to bike carriers that fit If you like the look of roof with closed ends, no bar ends sticking out beyond the then check whether ‘flush bars’ are available for vehicle.

Roof bars are made from plastic-coated or aluminium. ‘Standard’ steel are rectangular in section, not more 40mm wide and 30mm Aluminium bars (aerobars) have a slot in the top of them, called a T-track, designed to special adapters, and to allow you to use the length of the roof bars for a roof box and other accessories. The problem with steel is this: if you’re aiming to both a roof box and bike the feet that hold the onto the vehicle are likely to be in the wrong place for the roof box and carrier fixings, which around the bars. In other you can usually carry a wider on aerobars than you can carry on bars.

If you already have aluminium or decide to order them our site, please also the appropriate T-track roof box These are listed as options on the box order pages.

Thule is the largest car rack systems with an excellent roof bar and fittings for almost all vehicles. We supply Atera bars best of the German car rack brands — as well as cheaper CRUZ bars. is a top notch Spanish manufacturer specialises in mid-market roof At the very top end we supply Yakima’s wing-shaped bars that up to 70% less drag and noise normal aerobars – so they’re worth a look! Click to link to our roof bars or see the Roof Bars link in the hand menu, or click on any Find your car link.

Asked Questions (not elsewhere)

Customers tend to ask the sort of questions if they used a roof box before. are some frequently asked and answers:

Do I need anything apart from roof and a roof box?

No. A set of box to standard bar is included with every box we sell, as is a set of straps to keep in place. When a box is locked it be removed from the bars the fittings that go around the bars are secured inside the and the box will be locked.

Which is Left hand opening and side is Right hand

Left hand opening open on the passenger side of a UK right hand drive the ‘nearside’. Right hand means ‘driver’s side’,

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