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Yakima Cargo Box Warning

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A couple weeks ago, while driving across central Washington to visit my parents at Priest Lake, ID, I witnessed a true "vacation ender." The family and I were in our 2009 Subaru Outback with a Yakima Skybox attached to our roof, when it became apparent that we were pushing a significant headwind when descending into the Columbia River Gorge at Vantage. It is always windy along this stretch, but the waves on the river were especially large and white at this time. Once we crossed the river, and started up the grade, the wind now came at us from the left. Half way up the grade, I noted a car on the shoulder with the top of their Yakima Box missing. I logged this note away and continued up the grade. At the top, an Acura SUV with a Yakima Box passed us. As the car got 100 or so yards ahead of us, the top of the box flew off and golf clubs went flying all over Intertstate 90. I now thought, "hey, maybe these boxes are not designed for such a strong cross-wind." I slowed down to 55 mph (70 mph is the speed limit) and pulled off the highway at the neaxt exit, fortunately only 1/2 mile down the road. I proceeded to tie down the box, front and rear, with rope, and as I cinched down the rear, the top pulled down onto the bottom: I was going to be the next garage sale. I have since purchased tie-down straps for my Yakima box. I don't know if Thule owners have had similar experiences, but a little rope or a couple straps might prevent someone from finding out.

 

Cheers

 

Keith

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Does yours have the triple latch locking mechinism?

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Better safe than sorry.  ;-)

 

1000

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There has been occasion where I have nonono2.gifforgotten to latch the front buckle on my Thule when leaving the resortredface.gif  The front one isn't easily seen/noticed when closing the rear hatch and locking the side levers.  As a result, I can testify that the Thule 21 is reasonably secure at 75 MPH with the front latch loose.  Add a decent headwind and it would certainly peel back like a bananaeek.gif

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I can haz kayak straps, thanks for the warning.

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Originally Posted by JayT View Post

Does yours have the triple latch locking mechinism?


Humm, that photo up there doesn't show any visible front latch.  Are there just side latches on those things?   Mine has 4, bails in the front and back along with two locks on the non hinge side.  Got it for fifty bucks on Craigslist and it came with cross bars and a bike rackbiggrin.gif  if they've gotten stingy with the front and back latches I think I will keep it for as long as possible rather than "up?"grade.

 

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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post


Humm, that photo up there doesn't show any visible front latch.  Are there just side latches on those things?  

 

The one we have ( Yakima Skybox, procured off CL for more than $50, but still a great deal! ;-) only has one latch on each side. When we had it stuffed to the gills moving from NC to CO we ran into a problem about 3 hours into the drive - noticed some stuff starting to poke out up front. It never fully opened, but we just couldn't get the front to stay down at highway speed. Fortunately I had the straps in the car and they took care of it. Drove it all winter around CO without straps and never had a problem again.

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Does yours have the triple latch locking mechinism?

Mine is the SkyBox Pro 21 with two latches on each side (opens from either side). The one that blew off the Acura was a SkyBox, but I am not sure as to the size or whether it was the regular or Pro model.

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