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Are there any cargo carriers - Thule/Yakima/... that anyone has installed on their Pacifica 17. I am interested in getting one of these, and want to know if we need to install anything else like crossbars, before getting one of these.
 

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I have this one, but haven't tried it on the Pacifica yet. The reason I went with the Inno is that it's super low profile, so it would fit in the garage while on the Explorer or Cherokee. Not sure yet if it will fit in the garage on the Pacifica, but I think it will.

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To answer your question, you won't need any additional crossbars or anything as long as you have the Touring-L trim or above, which comes with the Stow-N-Place crossbars built in.
 
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I haven't tried either. I have this one . I'm going to install it on Monday, so I'll report back. I don't anticipate any issue. I've used it on two of my other vehicles. I did have to buy crossbars for those two vehicles, but as generaltso said, if your trim has the side rails, it comes with the crossbars. They're each held down by 2 captive bolts (mopar calls them thumbwheels).

I'll report back when complete!
 

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I was leaning towards this model too. Please let us know how the installation went on the side rails/crossbars.
 

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Also very interested in seeing how the box install goes and your thoughts. I was thinking of looking at the Yakima or the Rhino Rack roof box.
 

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No box, but I have a Thule roof basket that we use to get our trees. I've also occasionally use the basket in combination with a water proof Thule cargo bag when we need extra cargo capacity. Definitely not as aerodynamic as a hard carrier, but I rarely need it.

Removal and installation of the crossbars is pretty easy. There are two options for mounting positions for the rear cross bar. Aesthetically, the bars are not really pretty. I'll be taking off our basket today, and returning the Pacifica back to normal. I like what Chrysler did with the roof system.
 

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Sorry for the late report. We ended up not needing it since we had more room in the back than we had anticipated. Two adults, five kids, two dogs and plenty of room behind the third seat. Anyway, we just got back, and I threw our Yakima Skybox 16 onto the top. I could have moved it about 4 inches to the rear. Installation is as described by AAMC. See the pics!
 

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I have used our Thule box on top of several cars on long trips. It works great. You don't even know it is there! Here are some tips. First do not mount it in the center of the car, slide it as close as possible to the passenger side. Bring a lightweight aluminum step stool to stand on to ease loading and unloading. Pack your stuff in small and medium size bags. You want to put bulky light stuff up above, and heavy stuff inside the car. Buy a quality hardshell carrier. It will get you much better mileage than those canvas covered carriers.
 

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or you can use a basket on the receiver if you have one of both. Mine holds 500 pounds. Great for hauling 6 foot christmas trees ;) and recyclables on my CX-9
 

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Sorry for the late report. We ended up not needing it since we had more room in the back than we had anticipated. Two adults, five kids, two dogs and plenty of room behind the third seat. Anyway, we just got back, and I threw our Yakima Skybox 16 onto the top. I could have moved it about 4 inches to the rear. Installation is as described by AAMC. See the pics!
Do you happen to know the total height installed? My driveway is not level, it could be described as steep, even. I'd love to be able to install that in the garage rather than on a slope in the driveway. I did have a taller and wider garage door put in when I built the house, but that's pretty tall.
 

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I don't offhand. I'm out of town for the next few weeks, so I can get back to you then.
 

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You don't need to buy anything like crossbars as your van should have the hidden ones if it has the roof rack option. I have actually put some weight on mine and they are steady. Was a little nervous as I have a Limited with the glass roof, so I cringed.
 

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Just sharing what I did today to get the Griswold Vista Cruiser ready for the Christmas road trip

Thanks @Damoncaravanman for some inspiration

It’s the Cabelas Trail Gear 2 rooftop rack or basically exact same as the Curt Cargo Utiltiy Basket on Amazon with the extension.

For @ScorpyMjolnir or any future intrest my install came to 6’5”
 

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You don't need to buy anything like crossbars as your van should have the hidden ones if it has the roof rack option. I have actually put some weight on mine and they are steady. Was a little nervous as I have a Limited with the glass roof, so I cringed.
Just sharing what I did today to get the Griswold Vista Cruiser ready for the Christmas road trip

Thanks @Damoncaravanman for some inspiration

It’s the Cabelas Trail Gear 2 rooftop rack or basically exact same as the Curt Cargo Utiltiy Basket on Amazon with the extension.

For @ScorpyMjolnir or any future intrest my install came to 6’5”
Sorry to drag up an old post but i was think about getting a roof basket I was wondering how those baskets are when driving. Do they creat allot of wind noise? and do they decrease your milage with the air resistance.
 
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I have the factory rack, and the big negative I see here when it comes to the Pacifica's rack is that it's limited to just 150 lbs. Getting the Pacifica with the rack was a huge negotiation point for us too, as we had high hopes. I came to the Pacifica from the Sienna which had a similar weight limit, but the difference was that Yakima made a roof rack system that attached to the Sienna's rack allowing you to carry way more than 150 lbs with their towers and bars. Please prove me wrong, but I have found NO manufacturer - like Yakima - selling a roof rack for the Pacifica, even after two years of the car on the market.

The 150 lbs weight limit limits the Pacifica's rack in a major way to little more than decorative, IMHO. We too have a Yakima SkyBox 21 and bike mounts, but have been unable to use either. Yes, you can mount the SkyBox or a bike rack to the Pacifica's rack with little problem, but when you factor in the weight limit, they are practically unusable. My SkyBox 21 - empty- weighs 75 lbs, which means if I want to put my kids gear into it or even my own luggage, we only have another 75 lbs of weight (and if you've got teenagers, that can be like just one backpack or bag!) And if we want to use both the bike mount and the SkyBox together, forget it: we'd be over weight with just both empty (or with maybe just a few pounds to spare).

I've kept all my Yakima stuff thinking the day would come they'd make a rack solution for the Pacifica, but I'm losing hope.
 

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I have the factory rack, and the big negative I see here when it comes to the Pacifica's rack is that it's limited to just 150 lbs. Getting the Pacifica with the rack was a huge negotiation point for us too, as we had high hopes. I came to the Pacifica from the Sienna which had a similar weight limit, but the difference was that Yakima made a roof rack system that attached to the Sienna's rack allowing you to carry way more than 150 lbs with their towers and bars. Please prove me wrong, but I have found NO manufacturer - like Yakima - selling a roof rack for the Pacifica, even after two years of the car on the market.

The 150 lbs weight limit limits the Pacifica's rack in a major way to little more than decorative, IMHO. We too have a Yakima SkyBox 21 and bike mounts, but have been unable to use either. Yes, you can mount the SkyBox or a bike rack to the Pacifica's rack with little problem, but when you factor in the weight limit, they are practically unusable. My SkyBox 21 - empty- weighs 75 lbs, which means if I want to put my kids gear into it or even my own luggage, we only have another 75 lbs of weight (and if you've got teenagers, that can be like just one backpack or bag!) And if we want to use both the bike mount and the SkyBox together, forget it: we'd be over weight with just both empty (or with maybe just a few pounds to spare).

I've kept all my Yakima stuff thinking the day would come they'd make a rack solution for the Pacifica, but I'm losing hope.
So with that being said, I'm wondering if we should just a bike rack on the top, and a hitch mounted basket for the heavier stuff? My wife and I have costco bikes they are super duper lightweight and we have a baby just under a year old so we would need at least 3 bike possibly 4 if we take a niece or nephew or friend with. I believe max tongue weight is 300 compared to the roof racks 150
 

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I've thought about going the hitch route myself, because otherwise we don't use it for towing much. I don't really want a trailer, but if I went that route, the world opens up with a 3500 lbs weight limit.

It's a bit extreme, but I've started to think about doing a custom mount rack on the roof. The major drawback is that it would need to drill into the roof sheet metal into the car's structure to support. Just can't bring myself to want to drill anything into the car, despite how problematic it can be.
 

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I have the factory rack, and the big negative I see here when it comes to the Pacifica's rack is that it's limited to just 150 lbs. Getting the Pacifica with the rack was a huge negotiation point for us too, as we had high hopes. I came to the Pacifica from the Sienna which had a similar weight limit, but the difference was that Yakima made a roof rack system that attached to the Sienna's rack allowing you to carry way more than 150 lbs with their towers and bars. Please prove me wrong, but I have found NO manufacturer - like Yakima - selling a roof rack for the Pacifica, even after two years of the car on the market.

The 150 lbs weight limit limits the Pacifica's rack in a major way to little more than decorative, IMHO. We too have a Yakima SkyBox 21 and bike mounts, but have been unable to use either. Yes, you can mount the SkyBox or a bike rack to the Pacifica's rack with little problem, but when you factor in the weight limit, they are practically unusable. My SkyBox 21 - empty- weighs 75 lbs, which means if I want to put my kids gear into it or even my own luggage, we only have another 75 lbs of weight (and if you've got teenagers, that can be like just one backpack or bag!) And if we want to use both the bike mount and the SkyBox together, forget it: we'd be over weight with just both empty (or with maybe just a few pounds to spare).

I've kept all my Yakima stuff thinking the day would come they'd make a rack solution for the Pacifica, but I'm losing hope.

I've got the Yakima SkyBox 21 as well (use it on a Honda 2005 Odyssey - until we get our Pacifica)... it's a tight fit on the Odyssey and I had to modify/extend the adjustment range of the front clamps to make it work... but that's another story...

It works really well for us on ski trips.. I can put five pairs of skis and ski boots up there.

You really have to match the car top carrier with what you plan to put up there. In our case we needed the length for skis and 75lb plus the weight of the skis/boots is within the max capacity.... or close enough :)
 

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I've got the Yakima SkyBox 21 as well (use it on a Honda 2005 Odyssey - until we get our Pacifica)... it's a tight fit on the Odyssey and I had to modify/extend the adjustment range of the front clamps to make it work... but that's another story...

It works really well for us on ski trips.. I can put five pairs of skis and ski boots up there.

You really have to match the car top carrier with what you plan to put up there. In our case we needed the length for skis and 75lb plus the weight of the skis/boots is within the max capacity.... or close enough :)
I really like the Yakima SkyBox too. It's worked well for us, so much so that we invested in other Yakima roof products (bike rack, wheel holder) because the quality was great. But I do wish we could really make use of them on the Pacifica. There's not much one can do with such a low roof rack weight limit, and no aftermarket towers or bars.
 
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