In the 21st century technology is not only producing newer and sleeker vehicles but also accessories to keep up to date with such vehicles, amongst them are DVD players, music systems and car roof racks.
Today the automobile market provides different types of roof racks to suite the vehicle and owner’s need. While some people require heavy duty roof bars, others need a lighter roof bar to suite their requirements. There are options like roof-mounted single bicycle versions that are not only reasonably priced and convenient but also good for providing storage space for large items not able to be carried inside the vehicle.
Starting with the basic cross bars can be added plastic roof boxes, steel or aluminium mesh baskets,ski carriers, kayak carriers and ladder racks to name a few.
Treatment against the weather is an important requirement for a good and lasting roof rack life and materials used are high strength aluminium, glass filled nylon and steel components that have been zinc plated and polyester powder coated for added protection and appearance.
It may not be always necessary to have the roof-rack installed on the roof and most roof racks are designed for easy removal when not required, often only requiring a tool supplied, or a spanner that can be purchased at a small cost, if not provided with the roof rack when purchased.
If the roof-rack has been well maintained they can be transferred to another vehicle by buying fittings for the new vehicle, or, sold to recoup the original purchase price.
Despite the precautions to be taken a roof-rack allows a lot of extra space while the downsides can be accepted providing you plan around them. Distribute the weight evenly and as low as possible, place the heaviest items in the centre of the vehicle. At frequent stops check that the load has not shifted and that all tie down straps have not loosened, It is worth the small investment to buy eye bolts suitable for the channel cross bars and use ratchet straps for better tightening.
Before you actually buy a roof-rack discuss your requirements with a qualified roof rack specialists to be sure the roof-rack you buy meets the vehicle’s manufacturer specification and the vehicle’s load rating.
Whatever is carried it is important that when travelling the load is checked at frequent intervals to ensure everything is secure as body movement will tend to loosen straps or ties and may cause some items to fall from the rack. Check with you rack supplier to ensure you have the rack suitable for your vehicle.