I just purchased one of these and had a great road trip and camping. I was able to fit in the following: 4 Sleeping bags, 1 large 4-person tent, 4 folding chairs, 4 therma-rest air mattresses, 2 fishing poles & three rolls of paper towels. It was packed with all of those items in it but it worked great. As some other reviews have stated, it is a pain to install it due to the fact that it opens only on the passenger side and the bolts are hard to access on the drivers side. I was able to reach fine by opening the windows and standing on the window sills. Not a problem for me but if you are not comfortable with this you should consider a more expensive one that opens on both sides. Other than that I don't see any value in opening on both sides. In fact, I mounted mine as far to the passenger side of the vehicle as possible. I did not see any reason to center it and moving it to the side allowed for easier loading and unloading. I also saw some comments about not being able to drive when it is empty. I had it up to 60 mph with nothing in it so I don't know where that comment came from. One nice thing about this model over many others is that the grey color won't get as hot as a black roof.
I bought this rooftop carrier at my local Sears Store and paid to have it installed in the auto center. Over 1 1/2 hours later, my rooftop carrier appeared to be on my car. I have no idea what took them so long but they really appeared to struggle with the installation. From the moment we put this roofrack on the car, we noticed a loud rattling noise when we drove on the highway. THe very first time we used it and filled it with items for our long trip, people were waving at us as we were driving. Confused, we checked out our carrier when we stopped and found that the front right attachment was broken. Our carrier was now only secured in three places. I am SO ANNOYED. I now need to go back to a Sears, find a new carrier, and get it installed before we return home. Not a great vacation project. The overall rack seems a little flimsy for the price. I am not sure why it has so many high ratings. I will give it two stars instead of one because I am wondering if it was the rockstars at the Auto Center that caused these problems and not the actual poor quality of the carrier itself.
Not happy with the purchase. Very flimsy and the clamp mechanism is not easy to work with. Wouldn't recommend.
Purchased this item for a road trip to Florida from Michigan. Once we returned from our trip there were cracks on the bottom. I called Sears about this and they directed me to Thule whom, after several e-mails and phone calls, told me to pound sand. I ensured that the weight was distributed properly and the unit was secured. I was not looking for a refund just a replacement. I have since disposed of it. $329 down the drain after two uses.