When camping or traveling, cargo carriers that are easy to use, convenient, and carry a lot are important factors. We conducted customer research and have documented a list of customer issues with roof mounted freight carriers.

They can be cumbersome to install on the ceiling. It can be difficult to carry equipment on the roof – it needs to be lifted or carried up with a ladder to carry it. They cause wind resistance and can steal 15-25% of MPG and that can really add up. The straps and bag material flap in the wind that hits cars, acts like a sail, catches the wind, and can make your car unstable.

If you want to avoid all of these problems, seriously consider rear-mounted cargo carriers. They are like a “backpack” for your car. They fit any SUV, minivan, large van, hatchback, or sedan. They eliminate wind resistance (save fuel), are easy to load in minutes (on the ground), mount quickly without expensive racks or rails, and fold flat. They are excellent for carrying soft gear.

Here’s a real-world comparison to help quantify the true cost of a roof rack or rear rack. To purchase a roof top transport system for a Honda Element you will need: risers and rails $ 299, wheel lift $ 50 and a roof bag $ 275. The full European roof mounted cargo system will cost $ 624 and robs you of fuel consumption. Hard cargo boxes can be even more expensive.

Using a full rear-mount package system costs around $ 210, without the loss of MPG. Rear mounts or rear mounted cargo carriers are innovative, easy to use, easy to install, a fraction of the cost, and fuel efficient. Before making a purchase, do your research to understand the true costs, pros, and cons.

Hope this is helpful in your decision making. If you’re looking for an easy-to-use cargo storage that folds up and doesn’t cut your mileage, check out the new rear-mounted solutions.

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