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Old 02-13-2012, 04:09 PM
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Anyone have a recommendation for a rooftop luggage/cargo carrier for a Yukon Denali XL with factory luggage rack. I've looked at the Thule and Yakima and wondered if anyone had any experiences?
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Anyone have a recommendation for a rooftop luggage/cargo carrier for a Yukon Denali XL with factory luggage rack. I've looked at the Thule and Yakima and wondered if anyone had any experiences?
I have used both - they are pretty much the same and function as good as the other. I would buy the one that is sized right for you ( ski equipment, strollers, rods' etc.). Also make sure you get onethat opens from both sides. Finally - pick the styling u want.
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It got the biggest Thule that opens on both sides, works great on my XL
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What are you putting in it? I have a Thule Atlantis 1200 and been happy with it but it is easy to overload to to weight limits of rack. I have used it mostly on a Volvo V70 and it sticks out over the roof over the windshield so is not very aerodynamic and hurts mileage by 2-3 MPG on highway.

It worked better on my old mini van as it did not hang over thus did not notice milage differance. I would get a Thule Atlnatis 1600 XT through Amazon. As a prime member Amazon will ship for free which made them the best price by far when I shopped.
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Whatever you get, I would not mount it to the factory cross bars. I would get either a Thule or Yakima set of mounts that attach to the factory roof rails and then use their own cross bars.

I use a Thule Ascent 1100 attached to Yakima round cross bars on my wife's Mercury Mountaineer. I used to use the same setup on my previous Subaru Outback and it works fine on my sister-in-law's Honda Odyssey as well.

http://www.rackattack.com/thule-cargo-boxes.asp

http://www.orsracksdirect.com/thule-...oof-boxes.html

http://www.backcountryracks.com/cargoboxes.html
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[quote=gf;4364785]Whatever you get, I would not mount it to the factory cross bars. I would get either a Thule or Yakima set of mounts that attach to the factory roof rails and then use their own cross bars.

I just ordered a Thule Atlantis 2100. What is the problem with the factory crossbars?
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IMO there is nothing wrong with the factory cross bars and the box. When I was looking to see what set to buy years ago I called thule because they had a lower weight rating that yakima. When I asked why they said the problem was the uplift - canoes, etc. on the racks actually catch air and pull up. The factory racks could not handle this uplift. Since the boxes (at least on a car of this size) do not have the uplift that issue is out of the equation. Even if they had uplift my guess is the wieght in the box will compensate for it and/or the factory rack can take it.

Wit respect to the down force - both Thule and Yakima utilize the bars that run front to rear on the car as an integral part of the rack. They have a clamp type system that clamps to these bars and holds their respective cross bar; the only thing they do not utilize is the cross bars. So the real question here is whether the cross bars and the point they attach to the other (front to rear) bars is strong enough for the box.

I beleive they are strong enough for 2 reasons. First, I bet my eye teeth that GM/Cadilac has a box for sale in their accessories that looks identical to the thule/yakima boxes that they say can attach to the factory cross bars. Second, take a look at the load rating of the roof rack and cross bars in the manual for your vehicle. I am guessing that the load rating will allow you to carry either box on the factory bars - in other words the manufacturere says it is ok (I carry mine on the factory bars and have not had a problem!!).

Finally, for those that say you can carry more weight than called for in the factory manual by getting the aftermarket system - they are full of it. Both Thule and Yakima will limit the lbs you can carry in their box to the rating given by the vehicle manufacturer. Why - because it is not only the strength of the roof/rack that is imprtant in this analysis - it is also the actual weight that goes on the top of the car. By definition, when you add weight to the roof you are raising the center of gravity and thus the roll over potential - something that neither the manufacturer or the aftermarket guys are willing to take responsibility for!! The roof can take more weight than the manufacturer says (ie. the roof and rack will not bend, bucle or break) byt the dynamics of all of that weight up there is not a good idea.
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I know its not exactly what you are looking for but did you consider one of these. It holds up to 500lbs and cost $100 from Harbor freight, is easy to put on/take off, and you do not have to climb on top of the truck
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I know its not exactly what you are looking for but did you consider one of these. It holds up to 500lbs and cost $100 from Harbor freight, is easy to put on/take off, and you do not have to climb on top of the truck
Got one I bought from Cabela's and love it.......
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