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So when we take the kid camping, and his stroller, we've found we need to put some gear atop our Jeep Compass.  We've experimented with strapping the stroller on top (created a lot of drag) and buying a cheap car top bag and filling it with gear (did okay, but don't think it's very durable so we returned it).  Thinking about getting a hard car top carrier - Thule seems to be the brand most available, but there are some cheaper ones out there.  If you have one, which model did you buy, and how do you like it?  We would like one that's easy to get on/off, aerodynamic for better gas mileage, and affordable.

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I have an old Thule Weekender. I don't use it much, but it's just right when I need it.  The new ones have nifty clamps that make installation and removal a lot easier than threading a bunch of long screws through holes.
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We bought one at Sears about 10 years ago.  They also had Thule available, with demo models of each.  We looked at them both very closely and couldn't see a bit of difference between them, so we bought the significantly cheaper Sears brand.  We use it a lot and it's still in good shape.

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Thule or Yakima.  I have an old Thule.  Big enough to carry a couple bodies in.  Depends on what bars you have.  Although they are adaptable.  Both are good.

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I have an older Thule that I bought for a $100 at a garage sale.  Not as convenient as the newer ones as far as attachment is concerned, but it works fine.  It's just the right size to fit my body in comfortably, so I have requested that I be buried in it.  Perfect fit and a whole lot cheaper than a coffin.

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I have a soft top carrier and hard top. The hard top is easier in bad weather to load. Otherwise, I actually prefer the soft top one. It holds a bit more and can handle awkwardly shaped items much easier. The hardtop one I have has straps instead of being bolted to the frame. I got it cheap on Craigslist but it still works. It's apparently some model they used to sell at Sears.

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Sears Xcargo 70?/thing has been used 10,000x of miles of travel... I spent maybe 6$ to replace all attaching bolts to stainless steel about 3 years ago.... waterpruf cheaper then Thule/Yak toppers.
Last summer we added a hitch hauler and love the bag that Amazon had to offer for most bags(huge watertight bag,dub zipper water tight as heel... well worth the back -up problem my g/f has :)
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Sears Xcargo 70?/thing has been used 10,000x of miles of travel... I spent maybe 6$ to replace all attaching bolts to stainless steel about 3 years ago.... waterpruf cheaper then Thule/Yak toppers.
Last summer we added a hitch hauler and love the bag that Amazon had to offer for most bags(huge watertight bag,dub zipper water tight as heel... well worth the back -up problem my g/f has :)

Yep. That's the one. I paid $40 for it.

In regards to my soft top one, I looked it up online. It's this one: http://www.amazon.com/Sherpak....46011_1

I think I paid $100 locally for mine. It's going on 15 years now and still has plenty of life left in it.


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Do they make an ultralite version for the gram weenies out there??

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Do you have a receiver hitch? In a case like that, I like the platform carrier that goes on the hitch, and it doesn't screw your mileage. Plus they're WAY cheaper than anything with Thule or Yakima printed on it; <$100.

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I use a soft sided carrier made by Inno that has some of the advantages of both hard and soft sided carriers. It has a folding, hard floor and collapsible frame. It can be folded flat while on top of the car if it is empty or folded in half when off the car for easy storage. It has a mounting system that is very easy to use and was cheaper, lighter and more aerodynamic than most of the hard carriers in my price range that I looked at.

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Browse your local CL for one. I picked up a once-used Yakima Skybox for $200.
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Do you have a receiver hitch? In a case like that, I like the platform carrier that goes on the hitch, and it doesn't screw your mileage. Plus they're WAY cheaper than anything with Thule or Yakima printed on it; <$100.

If you use one of these be aware that if it blocks the view of your license plate you can be ticketed.

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skinnewmex, Yes, thats why I upgraded to a "hitch hauler" with a "water proof" bag....  amazon.
I think I paid around 150$ for the hauler,bag,netting on a combo deal.
I found hooked rachet straps  cut straps to where I need them(4 for8$) work better then a single net to hold all or anything we use it for!
BTW: that bag they kick into the deal is really waterproof and dust proof on dust coveres forest roads
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We thought about the hitch kind - we'd have to get the hitch, and then I'd be worried about it blocking access to the hatchback.  Seems easier to put stuff on top.

I'm going to start browsing Craig's List...


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We thought about the hitch kind - we'd have to get the hitch, and then I'd be worried about it blocking access to the hatchback.  Seems easier to put stuff on top.

I'm going to start browsing Craig's List...

Probably would block access, but depends on the car. I just know a roof, even an empty ski rack, hammers your gas mileage. I seem to remember testing from years ago showed an empty ski rack cutting mileage 15-20%. But you do what you gotta do.

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