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post #1 of 15
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Well, since my quiver has grown, and needless to say improved on quality, I'm looking into a rooftop cargo box. 

 

Has anyone seen a cargo box with an internal rack for the skis/boards?   Maybe they all come like this?   Honestly, I've never looked inside of one, but I figure it would be a nice way to keep the road grime and and wind from slapping my twin tips and crudding up my bindings..

 

I just ordered a new car, with leather seats, and I'm not really thrilled about putting 4 pair of skis in there even while dry, let alone after a day on the hill.   What are all your suggestions?

 

Thanks in advance!!

Nick

post #2 of 15

If I need to move my skis long distances (which is generally twice a season), I just put them in a ski bag and put the ski bag into a roof rack. I would not put my skis in a cargo box for a couple of reasons- those boxes are generally shorter than you'd need for the skis, and also the water from the melted snow will stay inside the cargo box and soon you will have nice green algae growing all over that box. 

post #3 of 15

I have been using a "external car roof "box" for 10 years,  since I have many skis to test. I line mine with a special  thin foam padding and have a "blanket of bubble wrap type material" to place between skis! I never have any damage. I never have any "melting snow issues",,but I do wipe my skis off,,before placing them in the carrier!

 

I can easily place 15 pairs of skis in a small carrier!

 

Every serious skier should have one.

post #4 of 15

I'm planning on buying  'box' this week.  Any recommendations on size ?  I've seen some that are long enough and wide enough, but very shallow, and others that are quite deep.  Is it worth spending a little more and getting a deeper one, so you can get boots in there upright, and also make it more utilitarian (stacking skis, use for camping, etc) ?  Just wondering what others experiences are ?

post #5 of 15

Please,,never but never place boots in ski carrier such as Thule! If you do not know why,,,you will soon discover!

 

You will be surprised how many skis,,if well placed the units will hold!

 

One major issue with BOX type ski carriers is the wind-resistance, poor access! Mine opens from two side, has two locks!

Had for 10 years. No problem!

Vist

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If I need to move my skis long distances (which is generally twice a season), I just put them in a ski bag and put the ski bag into a roof rack. I would not put my skis in a cargo box for a couple of reasons- those boxes are generally shorter than you'd need for the skis, and also the water from the melted snow will stay inside the cargo box and soon you will have nice green algae growing all over that box. 


Gee, my cargo box is longer than any of my skis, and I've never had any green algae growing after 5 seasons using it...

post #7 of 15

No need to get too fancy.  I place a large blanket in mine, strap skis, then layer the whole deal so things don't grind together.  I dry the blanket when I need to.  I haul up to six pair easy.  Leave open when dry, and possible.  Don't leave stuff inside when it's wet!  You can get a giant bag of desiccant too, and leave it in there if you want.  It will grab the moisture.  A Rocket Box or whatever name is not for storage, unless it's bone dry.  Get a box, and get over it!  Good luck!

post #8 of 15

I was able to pickup a Thule Frontier off craigslist. It's 88.5”L x 21.2”W x 15.7”H and was able to carry 6 pairs of skis this summer when I went on 700 mile mercy mission to rescue some skis for a friend. I used 2 closed cell foam sleeping pads, on on the bottom and one in the middle. Everything just fit. Better to get a taller one like mine IMO. I turned down a couple of shallower boxes. The difference might me .25 mpg if that. Cary the boots in the warm car. Make sure you have or make drain holes and don't live where moss grows on everything :-)

 

PS to the OP - Mine has brackets inside to use a couple of tie down straps. Sure that most do.

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Make sure you have or make drain holes


 

^This.

post #10 of 15
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Make sure you have or make drain holes


Yeah, those are good for the dog to breathe out of, too.

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Yeah, those are good for the mother in law to breathe out of, too.



Fixed

post #12 of 15

Inno offers one....

 

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post #13 of 15

I have a Yakama Pro 18,  it is long enough  to fit my 195 Motherships inside easily. I then stumbled upon a Yakama 6 ski, ski rack at an REI clearance event for $50,

I mounted the ski rack inside the box with small lifters so the binding would clear the bottom of the box. I can easily get 4-5 ski's in the rack and secured. I made an additional rack that sits on top of the ski rack that holds 3 additional ski's on edge plus 6 pairs of poles. however the upper rack will only hold smaller kids ski do to lid clearance, This setup has worked  really well for my family ski trips.

post #14 of 15

Geez what kind of driving do you folks plan to do on icy roads with prescious cargo?  My ski box has straps, but I've never bothered to use them for anything.  There is a dip in the middle that the bindings drop in to.  That is sufficient for keeping the skis from punching through the front of the box and flying out across the hood during any sudden stops

 

And yes, some small holes permit the water from snow melting out of the bindings to drain..

post #15 of 15

I don't have a roof box anymore, but always kind of enjoyed the sound of skis rattling around up there. Never bothered with the straps.

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