11 responses

  1. Giles
    March 26, 2010

    While I certainly agree that the rack systems are ridiculous… So is strapping an oil drum looking thing to the top of your car. I can’t imagine what sort of forces are being exerted on your roof but I’d say it’s borderline dangerous to have such a completely non-aero blob sitting up there.

    With a little looking you can find a used cargo box for less than 200.

    • Blog Master
      March 28, 2010

      True, this thing is pretty ugly. However, the dimensions of the box is about the same as the yakima factory boxes, it just doesnt have that nice front sloping curve. Its only about 15 inches in height so the aerodynamics of it are not too bad. I still get great gas mileage with it on, if thats an indicator of wind resistance/aerodynamics. The rack can hold 110lbs of weight, i probably put 40-50lbs max in the box, so safety isnt much of a concern.

  2. ricky
    November 1, 2010

    gas mileage must be stellar with that aerodynamic design of yours.

    • Blog Master
      November 4, 2010

      It’s really not bad at all. Honest. 1 mpg less.

  3. Mihaela
    November 15, 2010

    This is what I call analytical skills and creative work :). Great job!

  4. David
    January 28, 2011

    Creative, the square design strikes me as odd. Something I personally would have never thought of. Thanks for being the pioneer. Its great that you only loose 1-2 mpg, with air dynamics working against your construction a larger drop in mpg seems much more likely, having this thought was what really kept me thinking I had to have some egg shape container on top. :cheers:

  5. wolffe
    May 17, 2011

    certainly is unique; I don’t think I could drive that anywhere with a straight face.

  6. John
    February 22, 2012

    I would just make an air deflector for it and you may get your mpg back; it may be better than it was to begin with. Hey, I am not going to be one of the people that are criticizing you over this, since when you have a family, you do what you have to do!

  7. Fred
    August 21, 2012

    There’s no way you’re only losing 1mpg with that monstrosity strapped to the roof of your car at highway speeds.

    I found a nice Thule box for 180$ which only needed one fiberglass patch. I lose about 4mpg with it on the roof going 75 on the freeway but need the space.

    • Blog Master
      August 22, 2012

      I know, it looks like death, but honestly I compared the mileage between fills and that’s all it went down. The box itself isn’t very tall, and the curved front and rear may have something to do with that. I even had 5 people in the car…

  8. lisa
    June 24, 2014

    dude glad it worked but if you EVER come to FLORIDUGH
    those highway state troopers will be checking your sleigh
    -for dead bodies!!! seriously I am surprised you haven’t been pulled over

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