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post #31 of 52
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... or keep the skis in the Jeep.
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Originally Posted by skierboy View Post
I'm more of the person who keeps his skis inside the car...
I counsel against this, especially given my personal experience. See this post of mine in a thread a couple of years ago: http://forums.epicski.com/showpost.p...9&postcount=24. Granted, getting in a serious accident is a rare occurrence, and it won't happen to most, but, me, I'd rather not take the risk.
post #32 of 52
I have the Thule Atlantis 1800 on my Jeep Grand Cherokee. I originally bought the Yakima Skybox 1600. When the Yakima was mounted on the factory roof cross bars, the back liftgate would not open all the way. I returned it and purchased the Thule. It is wider, taller in height and shorter in length. It still just kisses the liftgate when it is open and has scratched the paint there. If that bothers you, I recommend the Thule bars that raise it up 2". My personal feeling is that the Yakima was more sturdy and mounted a lot better. Never had any problem with the Thule however.
post #33 of 52
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LOL...I use a 6" ladder to wash the roof of my truck.
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post
6 inches! must be a tonka toy truck.
LOL, there is a great Spinal Tap Stone Henge reference here.
post #34 of 52
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
Keep an eye out for a Packasport, real nice box.
Is that the one you can get in a custom paint job to match the car?
post #35 of 52
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Originally Posted by mdf View Post
Is that the one you can get in a custom paint job to match the car?
Yup.

Without custom colors, common sizes run $800 each. If you need shipping, add $130.
post #36 of 52
Snowman, don't the cross bars on the rack of a Cherokee adjust? The stock Volvo bars are on a sliding track so you can scoot them up to move the rack and box forward.

I just got rid of my "work" Jeep ... didn't have a rack so .... anyhow, I'd take a look up there.
post #37 of 52
I have a Thule Evolution 1700 on my 05 Jeep GC. Mounted ont he factory cross bars. The lift gate does hit the bottom, even with the bars all the forward, my solution is to glue a small felt strip to the bottom of the box where it hits. It will still eventually scratch but I can live with that. Also on my Jeep I just use the option to lift just the glass part of the rear hatch. Wind noise is not bad at all, MPG's are a little down, but hey it's HEMI, so I really have no right to bitch about MPG
post #38 of 52
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Lowered Jeep? Tell me more.

BTW friends dont let friends use ski racks....by the coffin or keep the skis in the Jeep.
Def don't want skis in the jeep... The leather and suede overland interior won't like that. And I don't like having wet gear in the jeep.

It's lowered about 2.5" in the front and 4.5" in the back. Makes it handle amazing on both winding roads and at high freeway speeds. And with the chipped 4.7HO it can move pretty fast. I'll throw up some pictures when I get home...

Gas mileage is already pretty shitty, but I can't imagine the coffin being much worse than the ski racks in terms of aerodynamics.

Coffin hitting the liftgate: That's a problem I never even thought of... If it hits the liftgate it won't work for me.

I guess I'm goign to have to consult with some other GC owners to see if they were able to get a box up on the roof and have it clear the liftgate
post #39 of 52
Due to the weight limits on factory roof racks, how much gear you'll be carrying will determine where you position the box.

For me, I had to use Yakima towers and bars, since I was WAY over the weight limit. And to make it work, I had to have the box way forward, which actually helped the aerodynamics!

No hassle with the lift gate then!
post #40 of 52
I need to get one of these roof coffins. My door and tailgate are getting all scratched up.
post #41 of 52
The coffin is plastic. To move mine forward so the tailgate wouldn't hit it, I simply drilled a couple of new holes father back in the bottom of the casket.
post #42 of 52
I was about to go down that road ... drill a few holes ...

If you do something like that, better back up those holes with something .... take a good hard look at the original holes .... you may want to add some flat stock or huge washers on both sides to take up some stress.
post #43 of 52
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
Keep an eye out for a Packasport, real nice box.

I have several thules and 1 Packasport. Thule is good but it is plastic and not super great quality.

Packasport is the by far the BEST, made from fiberglass and will last a longer then your car will.

I have all these boxes but now Believe it or not. I just use a cheep rack with a bungy cord to go the 5 Miles from the ski house to the resort.

A bov will effect gass milage a little. FILL YOUR TIERS!!
post #44 of 52
Thule is great, used to have a yakima, and the top flew off on an on-ramp in high winds. Also I think the box was 'over loaded' ie stress was applied upwards on the latching mechanism, not a good thing. Avoid that and you should be fine. The locking mechanism in the Thule does seem better than the Yakima, though FWIW.
post #45 of 52
Don't buy special pads and such. A little carpet padding will cost a few bucks at Home Depot, and at the end of the year, toss it and use something new the next year. It keeps the funk factor down.
post #46 of 52
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Thule is great, used to have a yakima, and the top flew off on an on-ramp in high winds. Also I think the box was 'over loaded' ie stress was applied upwards on the latching mechanism, not a good thing. Avoid that and you should be fine. The locking mechanism in the Thule does seem better than the Yakima, though FWIW.
Pics?

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Don't buy special pads and such. A little carpet padding will cost a few bucks at Home Depot, and at the end of the year, toss it and use something new the next year. It keeps the funk factor down.
Thats what I used, worked great.
post #47 of 52
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Keep an eye out for a Packasport, real nice box.
You spent a lot of time getting a Yak that would fit on your car and in the garage. How does the packasport compare?


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Don't buy special pads and such. A little carpet padding will cost a few bucks at Home Depot, and at the end of the year, toss it and use something new the next year. It keeps the funk factor down.
We have a boat company in our town, where we can get carpet scraps out of the dumpster. Boat carpet works great and is mildew resistant. Sometimes we can get some upholstery too, which works great between skis.
post #48 of 52
[quote=Yuki;978854]Snowman, don't the cross bars on the rack of a Cherokee adjust? The stock Volvo bars are on a sliding track so you can scoot them up to move the rack and box forward.

I have it mounted with the bars all the way forward. It still just touches the liftgate. The bars just need to be about 2 inches higher. It would be taken care of with the Thule bar system.
post #49 of 52
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Originally Posted by TeleMac View Post
Yakima rocket box all the way. It holds everything and takes a beating.
Hey I'm looking at buying a RocketBox. Which one do you have? Do they come in different sizes like the SkyBox?
post #50 of 52
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Are these boxes quiet for the most part or do they tend to make wind noise and/or whistle at high speeds?
I've had a Thule Frontier on a Honda CR-V for 6 years. I never noticed any drop in MPG. It doesn't whistle, etc., and was quieter than my HullaPort kayak rack. The noisiest thing on the roof was the cross bars with nothing on them (until I got the Yakima BowDown, which whistles more than a freight train).

AFAIK, the Thule black boxes like mine open from the passenger side, so I recommend that you mount it on the right side like I did. I never noticed any aerodynamic problem, and it looked fine. The Thule silver boxes open from both sides, but I can't imagine having to reach that far to the center from either side.

I had a lot of that ugly foam carpet padding left over from when we got our Adirondack cabin that I used to line the bottom. It quiets things a lot and stops the skis from sliding around.

Don't get in the habit of leaving the skis in the box overnight when it's not REALLY cold. A little bit of melt will rust your edges faster than you can believe.
post #51 of 52
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I've had a Thule Frontier on a Honda CR-V for 6 years. I never noticed any drop in MPG. It doesn't whistle, etc., and was quieter than my HullaPort kayak rack. The noisiest thing on the roof was the cross bars with nothing on them (until I got the Yakima BowDown, which whistles more than a freight train).

AFAIK, the Thule black boxes like mine open from the passenger side, so I recommend that you mount it on the right side like I did. I never noticed any aerodynamic problem, and it looked fine. The Thule silver boxes open from both sides, but I can't imagine having to reach that far to the center from either side.

I had a lot of that ugly foam carpet padding left over from when we got our Adirondack cabin that I used to line the bottom. It quiets things a lot and stops the skis from sliding around.

Don't get in the habit of leaving the skis in the box overnight when it's not REALLY cold. A little bit of melt will rust your edges faster than you can believe.
Newer ones open on both sides, at least they are supposed to, mine actually was a factory defect so I got it for dirt cheap after it was already shipped to my shop. The newer ones also have a quick connect system that takes about 5 min to take the box on/off.
post #52 of 52

ski carrier

I believe that I have the Thule Atlantis 1800 (it is currently in the shed, or I would be able to confirm). It opens from both sides and the attachment points are on tracks which allow the box to be in a range of positions front to back, regardless of the location of the crossbars. I use it on top of a relatively new explorer. I don't have any problems getting into the box if I stand on the nerf bars.
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