I was shocked at the size when the associate brought this item out to my van. With the four back seats down and taken out of the box, it barely fit in the back. One person installation onto our existing factory Honda roof rack was simple with bolts and nuts (plastic wing nuts). It is just out of the way of our sun roof and back hatch so it's perfect in my opinion. I haven't put anything in it but did drive around town with it installed, I honestly didn't know it was there. No noise, no noticeable drag. Storage could be an issue if you don't have somwhere for it but this gives you a bunch of room on your car/truck/van. I am looking forward to using this for our 13 hr drive on vacation with 7 people. This will add siginificant space! With a few discounts I scored this for just over two bills ($206 to be exact) and it seems like a fantastic deal based on the other models I looked it. Recommend!
The ad states that you can 'sit back and enjoy the ride knowing that all your precious cargo is shielded from the elements.' We sat back thinking that the rain outside our car would not be inside the car carrier... we were WRONG. Your items will get wet if it is raining outside and you are moving. Just beware!
I am impressed with this car top but it is rather thin and flimsy. The only issue I had was that it was making a knocking noise the first time I used it. I have a 2005 Trailblazer, I don't know if this makes a difference or not. I wedged something under the front of the car top and the noise stopped. I know have an old pillow in a garbage bag in a pillow case to keep under it when its used. I would also suggest using an extra strap across the whole thing as a safety precaution. I will do this in the future.
It's deceptively large. The box it comes in is mammoth-sized. FYI: shipping costs for this thing is high - for me in FL shipping was about ~$220. The box would NOT fit in the back of my 2013 Nissan Quest with all seats down. This all said, if you're looking to purchase one, come prepared with either a pickup truck/large van/minivan with stow-n-go seats. This could fit in Honda/Toyota minivans if the seats are removed. However, the seats don't come out of the Nissan, only fold flat. Based on the other reviews, I knew going in there would be a chance I would have to install the carrier in the parking lot of Sears, so I also brought along a step stool. I did end up installing it by myself in the parking lot - it took about 15-20 minutes going slowly. It's really that easy. The hardest part is just the awkwardness of moving the carrier since it's so big.
As for the carrier performance, I haven't used it with luggage yet, but I did put two strollers and the step stool in it for the 1 1/2 hour ride back home. I also ended up driving through windy rain for the last hour. The van drove fine with the carrier attached. Since it was still raining when I got home, I couldn't open the carrier to see if the rain stayed out. I did check the next morning - and this is why I gave the carrier 4/5 stars - the rain/dew that collected on the lip of the carrier lid poured into the carrier as I opened it. Because that happened, I can't comment if the carrier remained dry during the rain. I did notice some droplets at the front of the carrier where the lid water didn't fall on, but that could have been dew formation and not rain penetration.
So far, I'm impressed with the ease of installation, size, and cost. I'm looking forward to using this with luggage in a couple weeks on a family vacation.
Nice carrier, lots of room. Easy to put on by myself.
It seems to be a great product. A lil more flimsy then I thought it would be but I am satisfied with the product. Lots of room , easy to install, locks down good and I am very pleased. I have not used it in the rain but will do so this month and will find out if it leaks water when you drive. I think a simple adjustment of some foam weather strip around the edges will solve any leak that may occur from water coming up under the lip of the unit. Maybe it wont leak , cross my fingers... All in all, great product...
Can't beat the price for the cubic feet provided. Not as sleek as the high end competition out there, but it works and stores a ton. I had the exact model for thousands of miles of highway travelling and after a decade a crack developed in the plastic that required a new addition.
Sever rain showers allowed a little water intrusion. Nothing terrible and won't ruin anything but paper, but in flash flood intensity level rain, I experienced drops of water inside the compartment and on some articles in there. My last one never had this issue but maybe it has to do with the new mounting hardware? It is different than my previous car top, and takes a few more minutes to install and remove, but it is very secure.
Easy to install. Fits an amazing amount of luggage. Only complaint is that the lock can be difficult to open.
So the carrier is great. Well made and the lock is spot on. I would suggest a strap for around the middle. I had no issues for the week I put it on prior to my trip. No issues during the trip but the week that followed I noted an odd sound. The carrier would catch air along the mid section and flex as air got in the gap. I can only guess that is because of use. A strap would help keep the long edge from gapping and creating that issue. The unit did not really affect my MPG as much as I had thought it might. I would not waste my time buying this in the store again I would have just bought it online and had it shipped to my house. I think Sears need to rethink some of the purchase policy if they expect to be around much longer. The Auto dept closed and I missed that by about 15 Min. The rest of the store was open for several more hours. So I went to the in store kiosk and bought it. Even though it could have been handed to me by a warehouse person, I was forced to wait until the Auto Dept opened the next day. Great Product but the Brick and Mortar store is dying and that is just one reason why. Sears use to be all about customer service.... suggest you change with the times or fold up shop.
We recently traveled across the country. The carrier held up great in heavy rain and hail storms. Everything inside stayed dry!