There are several types of cargo boxes to choose from. So, let's break down the differences between them:
Cargo box is higher and larger than ski boxes. These boxes can usually only be opened from one direction and add half a metre to your vehicle's height. For this reason, check if your vehicle will fit into the garage before installing the roof box. Because accidents where the roof box gets crushed against garage doors are all too common.
Ski box is a great option if you're mainly transporting skis and don't need as much space. It's lower and often thinner than a cargo box, making it less bulky and more affordable alternative. Ski boxes can often be opened from two directions.
Towbar box is a flexible solution for tall cars where accessing a classic roof box can be challenging. As the name suggests, a towbar box is fitted on the towbar. But keep in mind that this means your towbar will be unavailable for other uses. Some models also need to be removed to open the boot on estate cars and SUVs.
If you're planning to hit the road with a roof box, there are a few things you need to keep in mind:
Consider the weight too – most cars can handle up to 100 kg on the roof, but remember to factor in the weight of the roof box and the roof rack.
So before you hit the road, take a few minutes to check your roof box. Happy travels!
There are roof boxes with different types of locks on the market. If you're looking for convenience, the sliding lock located in the middle of the box is a great option. With just one hand, you can open and close the box - perfect for solo travellers.
It's also worth noting that having a roof box can increase your fuel consumption. Read more about it here.