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Magnetic or roof rack ski holders?

post #1 of 9
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Hello all,

I'm looking for an effective way to travel with skis on the roof top of my car and I'm starting this post to ask for expert advise on what system to buy. Details are as follows:

- Most of the time I'll be traveling with 2 pairs of skis, fewer times I have to travel with 4 pairs.
- My car has a ski hatch that I can't use because I'll be traveling with 4 adults plus baggage.
- The car in question is a '98 Fiat coupé 20VT
- When skiing I'll have to travel at least 1300 kms (about 800 miles) to reach the slopes, and I'll intent to do it at an 100miles/hour average.

I'm leaning to magnetic racks. They'll be a lot easier to install and will fit every metal top roof I'll trow on it. On the other hand, I'm a bit suspicious of their effectiveness and I can't look away from the fact that my mind only sees them coming off the roof at 100miles and hour!

I really don't want to buy a roof box. The 4 of us all travel light so the Coupé's boot will suffice to accommodate everyone's luggage so I really don't need the extra space and volume on the top of my car.

Thanks in advance for all your welcome tips.

Cheers
post #2 of 9
Don't buy a roof box.

Buy ski bags like you would use for airline travel and tie them to the roof rack.
post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post

Don't buy a roof box.

Buy ski bags like you would use for airline travel and tie them to the roof rack.


 :confused: really, yout should duct tape it to the top, not tie it. :confused:
post #4 of 9
Most magnetic racks have max speed warnings – usually 55 – 65 mph (approx 100 kph). Usually the warning is on the box and/or instruction but not on the online description. Get a box and read the max speed warning. Max speed is even less if the sheet metal on the roof is thin or severely contoured. A friend had a set worked loose in New Mexico where speed limit is 75 mph – trashed both pair of skis. European highways have much higher limit (love driving there) – average trip speed of 100 mph is common –also means max speed is much higher and guarantee the magnetic racks will be air borne road kill. The spec Fiat coupe have a very short contoured roof – restricting the distant between the roof mounts. Make sure the ski bindings fit between the two roof mounts.
post #5 of 9
Magnetic ski rack?  That sounds like an extraordinarily bad idea...
post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by noofus View Post

Magnetic ski rack?  That sounds like an extraordinarily bad idea...

Depends on the magnet.  I can understand some serious force coming from electromagnets with enough coils wrapped around a ferromagnetic core.

I remember carrying my skis around on the top of my Chevette in a Bic Ski rack that was a combination of straps to the gutter lip and not-so-strong magnets.  I kept forgetting not to use the HP-air-friction cruise control (aka max. speed), and would suddenly find myself worrying about loosing the skis.  Never lost them though.  I only had two skis on the top in separate ski bags.
post #7 of 9
You guys know how strong today's magnets are?  A 2"x1" disc can hold 400lbs
post #8 of 9
The magnetic may be strong, but the sheet metal on the car roof usually do not have enough beef for max sticking power. We use magnetic drill press in the field, make some god awful big holes with them. Drill press will stick like glue as long as there is enough beef in the steel beam for it to stick to. When the thickness of steel under the drill press goes down the drill press just pops off once a load is applied on it. Better safe than sorry. Anyway, if the manufacturer is confident about their product at high speed, a max speed warning would not be posted on the box and/or directions.
post #9 of 9
Don't be cheap, get a box.  It's not only safer it keeps your skis clean of the crap that comes off the road.  In my opinion everything else is a compromise...
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