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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
I've bought myself a roof box for carrying skis, and occasionally snowboards. I just wondered what others do to stop the gear moving about. It is a Thule , and I have not bought the ski rack attachment that goes inside it, the suppliersaid they were not available and I am not sure I want to spend more money. The supplier suggested getting some foam, the compressed stuff that has some substance to it, and mocking a rack up with that that.

I'm concerned also about them sliding forward with some force when braking hard. It came with straps but they would be a pain to use each time I put the skis in and out. They are just long straps which will be good for holding down taller luggage, like when I go camping next month , but not suitable for ski gear.

Any suggestions?

My old ski rack used to whistle when I got to 105km/h, and the keas have stripped most of the rubber off it. So far with the roof box there is no road noise, and it is fibreglass which should make it kea proof (kea are mountain parrots in New Zealand who have very sharp beaks. Their idea of play is to strip your car of any piece of rubber that they can get their beaks into. They don't eat it, it is purely for amusement)
post #2 of 20
I put old pieces of carpet or such in mine.
post #3 of 20
I put a fleece blanket in mine. Made holes that I pushed the mounting knobs through. That way I can put a layer of maybe two pairs of skis in, fold the blanket over them then more on top.
post #4 of 20
I've just used the straps inside. If there are no straps, install some webbing.
post #5 of 20
Used carpet here as well. Then just some old rags around the bindngs and at the tips & tails. No problems.
post #6 of 20
The straps work surprisingly well. Snug them around the bindings. Plus, that leaves more room for the rest of your gear especially when wet and snowy.
post #7 of 20

here little budgie!

Dead keas? .................................. sorry!
post #8 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice, I migth try shaping some carpet or felt to fit.
post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by gkamieneski
The straps work surprisingly well. Snug them around the bindings. Plus, that leaves more room for the rest of your gear especially when wet and snowy.
I agree. The straps work very well and that's all I use. I have the Thule Evolution 1200 so even with just a couple of skis and boots inside there is not much room to move around. Never had much sliding around but I cram the box fairly full as well.

What size box did you buy?
post #10 of 20
I found with mine I couldn't get enough skis in as they all wanted to fall over on their sides. I bolted in 2 2x6s just a little wider than bindings would be. I notched the lumber mainly for skis with lift that made the bindings too high for the dppth of the box but this also keeps them from moving side to side. I also notched the bottom so spare poles can slide in under the wood. I find this generally firms up the box a lot and makes the lid easier to operate, it also stops fore and aft movement, let me put in more skis (5-6 pair depending on width) and keeps them from going side to side too much.

Mine is a Thule Summit I think which is a pretty common one around here.
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by L7
I found with mine I couldn't get enough skis in as they all wanted to fall over on their sides. I bolted in 2 2x6s just a little wider than bindings would be. I notched the lumber mainly for skis with lift that made the bindings too high for the dppth of the box but this also keeps them from moving side to side. I also notched the bottom so spare poles can slide in under the wood. I find this generally firms up the box a lot and makes the lid easier to operate, it also stops fore and aft movement, let me put in more skis (5-6 pair depending on width) and keeps them from going side to side too much.

Mine is a Thule Summit I think which is a pretty common one around here.
Be carefull with the additions inside the box. You are adding substantially to the load bearing requirements of your crossbars and vehicle's roof.
post #12 of 20
We're talking less than a pound of lumber and stabilizing the load so it no longer has the ability to lurch at the far end of the box levering against the crossbars would really only reduce load bearing of the crossbars. The supports are only a little bit wider than the cross bars.
post #13 of 20
There's little bits of a Thule box on the south side of hwy. 40 about 10 min. north of Nakiska , I watched it come off the vehicle and turn into a kite for a very short time before it hit the shoulder (better than oncoming traffic) and became a victim of wind resistance . Guess what was left on the front rack (twisted the back one off) , the knobs , flat metal plates with a strap under them , abs plastic (the same size as the plates) and the u-bolts . If the straps would have been done up around the skis he might have saved them some damage also because they would have stayed with the rack. I have a good buddy that has a store in Calgary that sells nothing but cargo equip. for cars (roof boxes included , says he loves people that don't use the straps because he gets more sales . The straps are for holding the cargo to the rack and the box at the same time , not to stop things from moving inside the box.
post #14 of 20
I don't recall the straps exiting the inside of the box, so I fail to see how they help to secure the skis to the loadbars. I suppose they do secure them to the clamps, though, so if the entire plastic section of the box were to disintegrate from an impact or something, the skis would still be secured to the four clamps attached to the loadbars.

That said, I still wouldn't modify the inside of the box with anything more than a foam unless discussing it with Thule. They are great at answering these types of questions and are constantly tweaking their designs to reflect customer needs and feedback.
post #15 of 20
L7,
sounds like nice handiwork.
Could you post a picture so I can get a better idea of what you did?
post #16 of 20
Offtopic

I have a Thule Frontier box with only 10 days of use on it. Lock core is brand new. What would be a fair asking price? Can't use it anymore as it won't fit into my garage when we changed vehicles.
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by gkamieneski
I don't recall the straps exiting the inside of the box, so I fail to see how they help to secure the skis to the loadbars. I suppose they do secure them to the clamps, though, so if the entire plastic section of the box were to disintegrate from an impact or something, the skis would still be secured to the four clamps attached to the loadbars.

That said, I still wouldn't modify the inside of the box with anything more than a foam unless discussing it with Thule. They are great at answering these types of questions and are constantly tweaking their designs to reflect customer needs and feedback.
That is exactly how they're supposed to work , the straps stay inside and secure the load .
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by The Squeaky Wheel
L7,
sounds like nice handiwork.
Could you post a picture so I can get a better idea of what you did?
I wouldn't say nice handiwork as much as a hatchet job. It fits well and is solid and does it's job very well. I'm on the road now but if/when I get a chance I'll try to post shots.
post #19 of 20
Just as a last note on the Thule box .... love it! Stays on the car all year long.

I even use it to transport my canoe. Pop out one thwart, plunk the canoe over the (gear packed), box.

Only problem has been one "lock out" on a drive into some freezing rain and the locks were frozen, so keep some of that spray deicing juice in the glove box.
post #20 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Leeroy
..... The straps are for holding the cargo to the rack and the box at the same time , not to stop things from moving inside the box.
Interesting point, I'll make sure I ALWAYS use the straps. The straps are attached to the locking mechansim that attaches the roof box to the rack, so your comment has made me realise how effective they can be. You are strapping the cargo to the rack, not the roof box, it is just a protective shell.

I lined with base with some outdoor style carpet, rubber backed. Off camping with it tomorrow so will get its first real test with some weight. Mine allows 50 kg, so that should allow me to pack a lot of the light bulky items.

I went through the car wash with the roof box on and proved how waterproof it is. Not one drop inside, even with high pressure water being sprayed at it from all angles . We have a car wash that is jets of water only, no brushes, so means you can go through with ski racks, roof boxes etc. Great for those of us who don't like washing the car.
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