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post #31 of 57
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Toecutter you mentions hillybilly in u topic (actually we prefer mountaineer to hillbilly but no offense taken), please be advised that it ain't hillbilly if there's no duct tape involved. If heavy zip straps and duct tape don't give you the security you need maybe your kids are small enuf you could put them in the trunk and the skis in the car; if you're not comfortable with that, I'd suggest do what ILOJ said. Do you really want to pull into Sun Valley looking like you are from Beverly biggrin.gif , hills that is.



I'm pretty sure I could involve duct tape in some way...

 

Substitute "ghetto" for "hillbilly" if you'd like.

post #32 of 57
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Aren't you supposed to point out that a proper hillbilly would trucker hitch the skis to his gun rack?


PJ you sound like some city slickr headin for the dude ranch, that might work but what would you do with the gunz?
 

 

post #33 of 57
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PJ you sound like some city slickr headin for the dude ranch, that might work but what would you do with the gunz?
 

 


Have the chilluns clean 'em in the back seat, of course.

 

post #34 of 57
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When you start saying things like ".  I think the skis would stay, as long as the edges don't cut through the bungees", I think your frugality becomes self-defeating. Is a rack really so expensive that it's worth risking all of your skis (and your entire ski vacation)?



That's exactly what went through my mind before I posted.

post #35 of 57
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See previous comment re: inflatable rack. 

http://www.maloneautoracks.com/handirack.php

 


Interesting.  I'd never even heard of this product.

 

post #36 of 57
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Interesting.  I'd never even heard of this product.

 


I've only ever used ^that for with kayaks.      Bungeed ski bags to ordinary roof racks - commonplace, and no problem whatsoever except when the bungees froze so tight they wouldn't come off (-15F and below, they usually lose all elasticity long before that).    The only thing to remember is to have each bungee wrap around everything it passes more than once, to lay those coils neatly, and to have at least one part of the bungee wrap around something (upright post) so it cannot slide along the load bars.

 

post #37 of 57
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Maybe I missed this but what kind of car are we talking about here?


 

German 4-door sedan, awd, 12 speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, heated alcantara leather seats, sport suspension, chipped ECU...and a bunch of bungee, leather, nylon, plastic, and duct tape dangling off the back!  LOL!  Total Jed Clampett!

post #38 of 57
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While on the chairlift this morning I came up with some ghetto (or hillbilly) mods for the trunk rack that I can fashion with plumbing parts from Lowes.  I'm going to put it together just because it's in my head now and I want to see how dumb it turns out.  In the end I may just say "f**k it" and take our cheapo ski car (already with roof rack) instead.  I'll let you all know.

post #39 of 57

If you have a ski car with a rack, take it.  4 pairs of skis is a lot of weight, probably more than a couple of bikes, so things will get overloaded. If you care about your skis, you should not subject them to a 20-hours winter journey on the back of your car anyway.  Roof rack is marginal, but back of the car is worse.  Your "nice road manners" car will lose those manners the minute you strap 4 pairs of skis behind it- it will be a nice counterweight/sail combination.  Craigslist/EBay/Classifieds for a used rack attachment is a good idea.  There are other much more dick-ish ways to do it, but I would not mention them.  

post #40 of 57
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There are other much more dick-ish ways to do it, but I would not mention them.  


Do you mean like buying a rack setup from REI then returning it next week when I get back?  I would never ever ever come up with doing something like that.  In fact, I don't even know who said it.  Peep.

 

post #41 of 57

I have bought and sold Yakima and Thule brand ski racks in new and or used condition for under $50 on ebay.  

post #42 of 57
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Have the chilluns clean 'em in the back seat, of course.

 



Hound dogs ride in da back seat.  Chilluns are already ridin' on the roof, they can hold da skies.

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post #43 of 57

Do I have to tell you where my vote is on this issue?

 

Love these folks:

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post #44 of 57
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Follow up:

 

Just for the hell of it I went ahead and cobbled together this trunk rack attachment out of pvc tubing, some U-bolts, and pipe insulation.  Total cost was about $15.

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I strapped the tubing into the trays where a bike's top tube would normally rest:

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I set up the bar spread so the skis nestled in between the mounting points.  Note that the weight of the skis/poles falls mostly upon the metal bars of the trunk rack and not on the pvc.  The pvc adds stability further out toward the ends:

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I secured the skis and poles with the rubber straps then with three separate nylon tie-downs.  It all felt secure so I went for a test drive around the neighborhood.  I rechecked and found no slop.  I said, "What the heck!" and decided to use it on our journey.  I tucked the kids' skis in the trunk though, and pierced the adult skis through plastic trash bags to protect the bindings from the elements.  The trash bags got thrown out while at the resort so the bindings went uncovered on the way home, but the weather was clear and there doesn't appear to be any road grime on them at trip's end:

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Three separate tie-down straps augmented the rubber straps:

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After about 900 miles and 19 hours, at highway speeds (some of which was sustained at 80+ through Idaho) and through variable weather, the entire setup held fast.  Even at a brief stint above 100mph there was no instability and barely any tip flap (ha ha).  No pieces fell off and it doesn't appear that anything even shifted.  Not the prettiest contraption but it got us there and back for a terrific vacation with 31" of unexpected snow!

post #45 of 57

I'll keep an eye out in town for that Oregonian ski rack on the Audi. wink.gif Give me a shout next time you go.

post #46 of 57
Originally Posted by Toecutter View Post

 

I hear you, but a roof rack costs around $400 and it would be used for one trip only.  One-use anything seems rather wasteful, plus $400 goes a long way towards a new pair of skis or boots (and who wouldn't rather buy new skis or boots than a roof rack)?

...and after you arrive at your destination with completely crapped-out ski edges and bindings from all the road salt and sand that'll get thrown up on your equipment, you'll sure enough be looking for some new skis.

Good way to add years of "usage" to your equipment in a mere day or two.

 

post #47 of 57

Ski bag, don't go anywhere w/out it. This state does not salt or use very little rock. We spray!mad.gif Which is even more detrimental to everything on the road.
 

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...and after you arrive at your destination with completely crapped-out ski edges and bindings from all the road salt and sand that'll get thrown up on your equipment, you'll sure enough be looking for some new skis.

Good way to add years of "usage" to your equipment in a mere day or two.

 



 

post #48 of 57

How is it possible that there aren't more photos on this thread? You're telling me there's no photo out there of skis duct taped to a car?

post #49 of 57

Nice job Toecutter. Thanks for the update. Glad you didn't need duct tape.

post #50 of 57
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...and after you arrive at your destination with completely crapped-out ski edges and bindings from all the road salt and sand that'll get thrown up on your equipment, you'll sure enough be looking for some new skis.

Good way to add years of "usage" to your equipment in a mere day or two.

 


 

That turned out to be an unfounded fear.  Edges are sharp, bindings are clean, disaster did not strike.  The skis get more wear-and-tear from regular old skiing.
 

post #51 of 57
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I'll keep an eye out in town for that Oregonian ski rack on the Audi. wink.gif Give me a shout next time you go.



Right on.

post #52 of 57
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Nice job Toecutter. Thanks for the update. Glad you didn't need duct tape.



Believe me, I had a roll in the trunk -- just in case.

post #53 of 57

great job Toecutter!

 

next time you're in any reasonable size ski town, check the local thrift stores, they'll have plenty of ski bags which will work fine as full covers. Some old school bags might be too skiiny for the new wide skis, so check before buying...

 

post #54 of 57
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Originally Posted by moreoutdoor View Post

great job Toecutter!

 

next time you're in any reasonable size ski town, check the local thrift stores, they'll have plenty of ski bags which will work fine as full covers. Some old school bags might be too skiiny for the new wide skis, so check before buying...

 


Thanks!

 

post #55 of 57

Fabuloso, Toecutter!  Looks like the kind of attachment we used to attach a rowing frame for a 16 foot raft to the top of my Boobaru legacy, though we used old climbing rope and straps (yes, I know climbing rope stretches, but we weren't planning on driving off any cliffs). 

 

Of course we then loaded the frame with stuff, it turned out to be a Dark and Stormy Night on the way to the river, and more than once I thought we were on our way to being airborne.  eek.gif

post #56 of 57

I do not mean to insult your intelligence by stating the obvious, and I do not know how many people you will have in the car, or if your model car has split folding back seats, but if half the back seat can be folded down the skis should fit inside through the trunk.  Whenever I do ski trips with the wife we always rent a car with folding back seats to eliminate the need for a ski rack.

post #57 of 57
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I do not mean to insult your intelligence by stating the obvious, and I do not know how many people you will have in the car, or if your model car has split folding back seats, but if half the back seat can be folded down the skis should fit inside through the trunk.  Whenever I do ski trips with the wife we always rent a car with folding back seats to eliminate the need for a ski rack.


 

The back seat was full, otherwise that would have been an option.  I'm annoyed that my car did not come with an option for a pass-through center rear seat with ski bag.  My next car will.

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