A weekend vacation with family is always great fun. While that's true, the planning stage can be quite a pain. You may need to coordinate a lot of stuff such as hotel reservations and the like. You'll also have to fix your itinerary to maximize your vacation time. Of course, what you take with you on the trip is another consideration. The kids may want to go biking or kayaking, but since your car's carrying capacity is very limited, they won't be able to do either. All hope isn't lost though as there's a solution to that problem-a cargo rack. With a cargo rack, you'd be able to secure a bike or a kayak atop your vehicle. If your family isn't into biking or kayaking, you can always use the cargo rack to bring extra luggage.
Shopping for a cargo rack isn't really complicated; however, there are several things that you should consider.
Things to Know Before Deciding to Buy a Cargo Rack
- Be aware that you'll have to drill holes on your car's roof to attach the cargo rack. Don't worry too much about this though as you can always fill the drill holes later on once you no longer need your cargo rack.
- Since you'll be drilling holes and placing something sizeable atop your roof, the paint of your car may get damaged. That's why you should be very careful upon the installation of the cargo rack.
- By adding extra weight, your car's stability and gas mileage would naturally be affected.
Before you purchase anything, measure the dimensions of your car's roof. With that knowledge, you should be able to choose a cargo rack that is sized appropriately.
Most cargo racks are pretty much the same. There are several specialized add-ons though that you can use with them to better secure items such as the previously mentioned bikes and kayaks, winter sport gear, and spare tires. You can also add either a soft or a hard cargo container (the latter is the better option) for your bags, clothes, and other personal items.