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How to put a Ski Box on a Toyota Venza (or Lexus RX 300) ?

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My wife has a 2009 Toyota Venza which is almost identical to a Lexus RX 300 as far as body shape. Here's a link to an RX http://www.lexus.com/models/RX/ as it shows a side view of how the roof rack sits.  The Venza is the same dimensions within a couple centimeters.

 

It's got a long sloping windshield which moves the two bars on the roof rack pretty far back.  The lift gate on the back as got a little spoiler on top it with the brake light in it. 

 

I tried to see how my Thule ski box would fit and placed it on the roof rack.  The bars line up exactly right but it sits pretty far back.  If I were to put it on,  you could only get the lift gate open about 1/3 of the way.  You could barely get bags in and out and you'd have to duck way under the gate to even try.

 

The only way I could see the ski box fitting without getting in the way of the lift gate would be if I drilled new holes in it and mounted it about one foot forward.  I don't think that's a very good idea was it would be way out of balance and the front would stick forward and catch air off the windshield.  Both could put undo stress on the roof rack bars.  Don't want the thing to get ripped off the roof when traveling 65MPH on the interstate.

 

Anyone have a ski box solution for such a vehicle?

 

I really like my Thule ski box.  It's got tons of stickers on it too!

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I've had decent success getting replies from Thule customer help, takes a day or more, and you have to create an account, but they should be able to advise you - http://thule.custhelp.com

 

My box has multiple holes so you can move it forward and back, and I'd think drilling holes and moving it forward would be fine.  Mine comes a bit over my windshield on my Outback.  

 

See what they say.

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My Thule 21 box has a couple of self added holes. The hatch of the 09 Forester still barely hits it.  But it was worse before.  As for stickers, feel ya.  That was the most traumatic thing about trading in my last ski vehicle.  Now I put them on the box instead of the back of the vehicle.  But still,  now I buy at least two from each new place I go to so I have a stash of spares should I stumble in to a really good deal on a newer ski box.

 

Drill baby drill!.. but don't move it more than about 6 inches cause like you say too far out of balance would be a bad thing.

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The Thule is fixed position? My Yakima is adjustable fore and aft with a sliding system. Pretty slick.

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My ski box only has one sticker on each side.  I find it much easier to spot my car across a big parking lot this way.  Tons of cars have multiple stickers on their boxes.  I can see my one sticker from a long ways away.  (Sticker is of a Denver flag btw.)

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Drill baby drill!.. but don't move it more than about 6 inches cause like you say too far out of balance would be a bad thing.


My Atlantis box slides back and forth but the older and longer Frontier(?) did not. I drilled new holes and moved it 8-10" further forward so the spoiler of my (then) WRX didn't hit. I don't think the new box can be moved by drilling.

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