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What do you put in your cargo roof carrier?

I believe the weight capacity of the Pacifica roof rack system is 150 lbs. If a cargo roof carrier (Yakima, Thule, etc) weights around 50 lbs, that leaves about 100 lbs of cargo. For those who use them on long trips, what do you commonly put in them? And what do you avoid putting in them?

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I believe the weight capacity of the Pacifica roof rack system is 150 lbs. If a cargo roof carrier (Yakima, Thule, etc) weights around 50 lbs, that leaves about 100 lbs of cargo. For those who use them on long trips, what do you commonly put in them? And what do you avoid putting in them?
I'd only put the light bulky stuff up there; it's difficult to get at. But just for the record, I'd pack more carefully, and avoid taking stuff before using a roof rack. You'll know it's there all the time, and especially at gas fill-ups.

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Thanks, Waldo. Does anyone who actually uses a Yakima/Thule-type roof carrier on road trips want to chime in?

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I believe the weight capacity of the Pacifica roof rack system is 150 lbs. If a cargo roof carrier (Yakima, Thule, etc) weights around 50 lbs, that leaves about 100 lbs of cargo. For those who use them on long trips, what do you commonly put in them? And what do you avoid putting in them?
We used an overhead box when going on extended trips when we had 6 or 7 people in our Grand Caravan van that didn't have the stow and go space. We haven't tried our Dodge GC roof carrier on our Pacifica yet, but we put things like jackets, special occasion clothes in a garment bag, shoes, diapers, beach towels, a sleeping bag, and other random stuff that we didn't need to access often or take into the motel every night on a long trip. It just depends on where you drive, who goes with you, and what you plan to do while there.

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Thanks, Waldo. Does anyone who actually uses a Yakima/Thule-type roof carrier on road trips want to chime in?


I use mine all the time for ski trips. Super easy to throw a bunch of skis up there and doesnít matter if they are still a bit wet or snow covered on the way back.

Also use it for car camping trips. Great for things like sleeping bags and such.

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I don't suppose anyone had ever considered stowing the mis-behaving child up there.... nahhhh.... we'd NEVER think of doing something like THAT........


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Thread Starter here. Thanks for replies. Ok, I'm having second thoughts about getting a roof carrier. We travel with two dogs, each in their own kennel located just behind the front seats. The second and third row seats are stowed. We pack two additional kennels (collapsed, of course) for the dogs to use in hotels, along with a bunch of other things for the dogs (bowls, food, leashes, harnesses, etc) with which we will need ready access. I store the kennels on their long ends, one along the right side of the rear area, the other along the left (with towels between the metal kennel and the plastic trim of the car). I also pack a small cache of tools and auto supplies (windshield washer fluid, etc), but need quick access to them, too. We pack our clothes and other items in carry-on size suit cases that can fit in the cargo carrier (properly secured), but it will get plenty hot up there, so probably not a good idea. Would not want to put computer up there either. That would leave extra towels, sheets to protect top of hotel bed from dogs, outerwear, and a few other soft items that could fit up above, but it isn't worth it if that's all for which we use it. Was hoping the roof carrier would help free up some room. Guess I'll just work on organizing things better.

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You definitely should have second thoughts. I had a roof carrier a long time ago - I found it impacted handling in the wind and turns, was hard to access, wasn't waterproof, and caused poor mileage.
Can't both dogs go in 1 kennel? Do you really need spare kennels? Unless you are moving, 2 adults and 2 dogs ought to have plenty of room for all their crap in a pacifica.

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Thread Starter here. Thanks for replies. Ok, I'm having second thoughts about getting a roof carrier. We travel with two dogs, each in their own kennel located just behind the front seats. The second and third row seats are stowed. We pack two additional kennels (collapsed, of course) for the dogs to use in hotels, along with a bunch of other things for the dogs (bowls, food, leashes, harnesses, etc) with which we will need ready access. I store the kennels on their long ends, one along the right side of the rear area, the other along the left (with towels between the metal kennel and the plastic trim of the car). I also pack a small cache of tools and auto supplies (windshield washer fluid, etc), but need quick access to them, too. We pack our clothes and other items in carry-on size suit cases that can fit in the cargo carrier (properly secured), but it will get plenty hot up there, so probably not a good idea. Would not want to put computer up there either. That would leave extra towels, sheets to protect top of hotel bed from dogs, outerwear, and a few other soft items that could fit up above, but it isn't worth it if that's all for which we use it. Was hoping the roof carrier would help free up some room. Guess I'll just work on organizing things better.
I didn't mean to make the roof top box seem inaccessible. It was just easier to put stuff up there that needed to be transported on a trip that we didn't need all the time. Consider the height of the person accessing the roof top box and whether he/she can stand in the sliding door frame to get what is needed if necessary.
I have to admit that my 6 ft husband usually put things into or took things out of the box on our GC.

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You definitely should have second thoughts. I had a roof carrier a long time ago - I found it impacted handling in the wind and turns, was hard to access, wasn't waterproof, and caused poor mileage.
Can't both dogs go in 1 kennel? Do you really need spare kennels? Unless you are moving, 2 adults and 2 dogs ought to have plenty of room for all their crap in a pacifica.
Have two golden retrievers, so each needs her own kennel. You'd be surprised how much sh*t one must bring when traveling with two dogs. I forgot that some of the trips will be to outdoor canine events (agility, scent work). We will be bringing outdoor folding aluminum chairs, a collapsible EZ-UP tent, a floor mat for the tent, and some shade cloth. The lighter chairs, floor mat and shade cloth could go up above in the carrier with other light stuff, but the EZ-UP tent and leg weights would definitely stay in the vehicle.

Yes, we owned an old Sears car top box decades ago, but the new streamlined versions by Yakima, Thule and others are greatly improved over them. There are some discussions about them in this sub forum (which made me consider the idea to begin with). I am not tall, so you are correct that access will be difficult, but I have seen others at hotels and rest areas use collapsible aluminum kitchen step stools they brought along. Hmm, giving the idea consideration again.

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