When you're traveling, you have to have some way to store your valuables. If the car you are driving has loads of cargo space, good for you. The question is, what do you do when you're driving a compact car and you don't have the storage space you need to go on that road trip? Fortunately, there is a way that you can still enjoy things even when you don't have the space inside the car. It comes in the form of a rooftop cargo box. All you have to do is make sure you get the best one available according to your needs. Below are 10 of the best. You should be able to find one that fits your lifestyle somewhere on this list.
10. TRUNX Car Top Cargo Box ($299.99)
This rooftop cargo box provides 18 cubic inches of storage space in a shell that is designed to withstand the type of abuse that you might expect a rooftop cargo box would be subjected to over years of use. It's also specially coated to stand up to virtually any type of weather Mother Nature can throw at it and it's aerodynamically designed so you shouldn't notice a huge difference in the way your car performs or in your gas mileage.
9. SportRack Vista XL Rooftop Cargo Box ($369.95)
This box also provides 18 cubic inches of storage space and it can store as much as an extra 110 pounds safely. It's uv-resistant and made from ABS construction, making it durable so you can use it for years and years. It also comes with quick-release hardware. This gives you the opportunity to secure it to your vehicle when you need it and then take it off when you don't without going through the entire process of installing it and uninstalling it each and every time.
8. Inno Box 320 Rooftop Cargo Box ($592.56)
This rooftop cargo box features secure hardware that anchors at four different points and it's one of the most aerodynamic cargo boxes that you are ever likely to find. It's not as big as some, at only 9 cubic inches of storage space, but if that's all you need, this one is so aerodynamic you'll scarcely even notice that it's there.
7. Thule Cargo Carrier ($477.85)
This particular cargo carrier offers 13 square inches of storage space, making it the biggest one on the list yet. It's also specifically designed to work with Subaru vehicles, as the company routinely sells these rooftop cargo boxes as an accessory when someone purchases a new vehicle.
6. Cabela’s TrailGear Roof Cargo Carrier ($259.99)
This cargo box provides 18 cubic inches of extra space, like many of the other cargo boxes featured on this list. It is also rated at 110 pounds and like most of the other products, it is constructed from ABS plastic that has been uv-coated so it is able to stand up to the test of time. It secures to the roof of the vehicle with relatively little effort. It's also fairly easy to remove when you're not using it.
5. Thule 6297 Motion XT Large Cargo Box ($749.95)
If you need a rooftop cargo box to carry your skis during a trip to your favorite ski lodge, this is probably going to be on your short list. It is extremely aerodynamic and it can hold up to seven pairs of skis. The beauty of it all is that it's designed so well that it doesn't hardly change the handling of your vehicle at all, so you'll scarcely even notice it's there until you want it.
4. JEGS Rooftop Cargo Carrier ($249.99)
This box isn't as aerodynamic as some of the others on the market, but it's also more affordable. It's capable of providing you with an additional 18 cubic inches of storage space and you can store up to 100 pounds in the box safely. Perhaps the best part about it is that it doesn't require any special tools to install it whatsoever.
3. Malone Rooftop Storage Box ($521.95)
This is an aerodynamic cargo box that can hold up to 165 pounds of additional weight and easily carries enough gear for up to four people. It's made from high gloss ABS plastic and it secures to the car's roof top easily. Perhaps the best thing about it is that the lid opens from either side and it can be locked in three different places, minimizing the chances that someone else is going to try to run off with your stuff.
2. Cabela’s TrailGear Roof Cargo Carrier, 10 cu. in. ($229.99)
This is exactly the same cargo box as the one listed earlier, only in a smaller size. It still offers all of the same qualities as a larger box, but it's perfect for smaller vehicles, especially if you don't need quite as much space.
1. TRUNX Cargo Carrier, 9 cu in ($205.02)
This is another entry from TRUNX. It's made almost identical to the other one on this list, with one major exception- it's smaller. As a matter of fact, it's a perfect fit for small to mid-sized vehicles. Rest assured, it still provides plenty of room for storage.
Written by Lily Wordsmith
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