I was a bit reluctant to purchase this cargo carrier after reading some of the negative reviews, and even more worried when I first installed mine and saw it making the same nerve-racking 'oscillations' that eventually destroy the carrier that others were talking about. However, with a very simple modification, this cargo carrier works perfectly and is dramatically more stable, so I thought I would share. The fix is to add two 4 ft slotted angle bars inside: (here's a link to the part: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202183536/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=slotted+angle&storeId=10051) that span from the front to the back of the box, attached where the rack bracket bolts fasten, and done on both the left and right sides. So for about $30 more, it is signficantly stronger, and even doubles as a rail for hooking bungee cords or other tie downs to secure the load inside. After this modification, I can now drive at freeway speeds, even with an empty box without worry and very little if any vibration. I wonder why they don't just manufacture these this way... So in summary, if you're slightly handy and are willing to make this modification, this is an excellent cargo carrier for the price and I'd recommend it. If you'd rather not have to make modifications, you may want to try a different carrrier.
Heading down the highway at 70 miles per hr with other motorists honking & pointing at the roof and then we can see our shadow and the rooftop carrier is bouncing up and down. Emptied it at the next rest stop into the trunk and attempted to finish the trip but the empty carrier was now worse on the highway. Stopped again and strapped it down with nylon tow straps for the rest of the trip. We will return it to the nearest Sears before driving the 400 miles home.
I owned his unit for 5 years. Well made. It holds a lot of cargo. Only problem is when the cargo shifts, the lock is difficult to open.
perfect for my vehicle and like that it gives me space in my car
The Xtreme Car Top Carrier was very handy on our recent trip. We travel with 6 people in our vehicle so the extra room was necessary to travel comfortably.
The carrier seemed to travel well with little wind resistance and little noise.
It was easy to install although once the holes are selected for installation, the dots to cover the unused holes should then be installed and NOT wait to the last step. This would prevent any water from entering the carrier. We went through a monsoon or so it seemed and had very little water inside of the carrier.
The only problem we had was when our luggage slid forward while traveling and we had trouble locking the cover. Even though the lid seemed to fit tight, make sure your luggage is not preventing the lid from closing properly. We wasted about 30 minutes trying to lock the lid before we move the luggage back 1 inch and everything was fine.
I would recommend this carrier.
We like how you can easily take it off and on again, after the first initial setup *the first setup took 25 minutes. After that it is like one minute to take off and on if you slide out the silver pieces correctly.
After reading some reviews of this carrier rattling and being noisy, I was reluctant to buy it and did so mostly because I could store it under my crawl space. I just got back on a family vacation from Asheville, NC to Hilton Head Island, SC and had absolutely no problems with this carrier. There were no noises, or rattling whatsoever and everything stayed dry through light showers. The mounting hardware is also set up very well so you only have to assemble it once and can leave the parts attached to simplify every installation afterwards. The reason I only gave 4 stars is because it is a little difficult to fasten one side to the roof of the car because the carrier only opens from one side. Based on your vehicle, you may want to carry a small step stool with you to load/unload as well. Overall, I'm very happy with this purchase and look forward to using it in the future.
Needing additional space while vacationing, we turned to Sears for a carrier. The product was great but, we had a poor install. The bolt was broken off during install and the luggage carrier came loose while driving the on interstate, which thank goodness we were able to avoid an accident until we arrived home . There was also some dampness inside from the rain so it is not water tight or rain proof.