THE SHOP

October '19

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66 THE SHOP OCTOBER 2019 They offer security, storage capacity and weather protection. Most cargo boxes include locks to keep gear secure during bathroom breaks or overnight stops. The hard shell design deflects the ele- ments and debris that can go flying over the roof. Although most aren't waterproof, they are weatherproof. Everything will stay dry for the most part, but if customers are carrying electronics or items that absolutely cannot get wet, it's a good idea to pack them in sealed plastic bags. Hard rain or dust in a windy climate can push debris into any exterior carrier. Cargo boxes have improved greatly over the years, transforming from square boxes to stylish, aerodynamic carriers. Security is typically the No. 1 reason why this is a popular choice for people looking for a high-quality cartop carrier. In most cases it will include a lock, which will pro- vide drivers with the assurance that things kept inside will remain safe. They will also enjoy ease-of-use with a cargo box. The hardware included makes it effortless to complete the instal- lation, though it is highly recommended that you check the measurements to see that it will be a perfect fit for the rack. It is also a good thing when it comes with rear opening. This makes it easy to open the box and access its contents from the back bumper. ROOFTOP CARGO BASKETS If clients need extra space but aren't ready for the expense of a cargo box, or they just don't like the look, a cargo basket might be the way to go. Cargo baskets don't offer the same level of protection as a cargo box, but they will get cargo to where it's going. Their open design also won't limit the height of the cargo, so they are great for larger luggage, coolers or other oversized items. They can also give a rugged look that is popular in the off-road and four-wheeling communities. CARGO BAGS Cargo bags usually aren't the first choice when it comes to hauling rooftop cargo, but it is hard to beat the price when compared to a cargo box or basket. Most bags do not require a roof rack. They are extremely lightweight and do not take up too much room in the garage when you aren't traveling. They collapse, roll and fold for easy storage. The overall weight capacity will be lower if the bag is not supported by a roof rack and cargo basket, because a vehicle's roof cannot support as much weight as a roof rack system. Most cargo bags on the market provide some sort of weather protection for gear. The construction of most of these bags is nylon, which is typically water resistant and will offer sufficient protection in light rain or snow. If drivers travel often in extreme weather conditions, however, it is highly recom- mended to utilize a bag that is coated with an abrasion-resistant waterproof vinyl. For more intensive weather protection, Most cargo bags on the market pro- vide some sort of weather protection for gear. The construction of most of these bags is nylon, which is typically water resistant and will offer suffi- cient protection in light rain or snow. Rooftop cargo baskets can also give a rugged look that is popular in the off-road and four- wheeling communities. 66 THE SHOP OCTOBER 2019 ON TRACK WITH RACKS The overall weight capacity will be lower if a cargo bag is not sup- ported by a roof rack and cargo basket, because a vehicle's roof cannot support as much weight as a roof rack system. Automotive Concepts has had great success dis- playing rooftop options on a variety of vehicles at the Twin Cities Auto Show each year.

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