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How to choose a rooftop cargo

Whether you’re carrying equipment to a sports tournament or taking a road trip and need extra vehicle storage, a rooftop cargo carrier can come in handy. 

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Rooftop bags

If you’re transporting soft, light cargo, such as life jackets or sleeping bags, you’ll get by fine with a roof bag. They are ideal for occasional use and easy to store compactly between uses. If you want to be prepared for wet weather, you’ll need one that’s waterproof.

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Roof baskets

For items that can be easily secured with tie downs or bungee cords, such as duffle bags or boxes of camping equipment, you could use a rooftop basket. They are convenient, because you can leave them attached to your vehicle between uses.

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Rooftop boxes

If you need to carry a large load, like a tent or sports equipment, you may want to go with a rooftop box. They are convenient for frequent use, because you can leave them attached to your vehicle and they are waterproof in case of wet weather.

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Locking Capability

If you’re uncomfortable leaving your rooftop cargo carrier unattended while loaded you’ll want to choose a rooftop box with locks. While not as secure as a rooftop box, some bags have zippers tabs that you can lock together. Rooftop baskets do not offer locking capabilities.

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Roof rack with crossbars

All rooftop cargo carriers require a roof rack with crossbars installed on your vehicle. Make sure to choose a system that’s compatible with your vehicle by consulting the vehicle selector tool on the product page.

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