Living in and around Ottawa it seems that adventure is around every corner or down any path. Part of enjoying the experience is having all the right gear. Packing and transporting your equipment may take a little planning. One very helpful element is to have a rack or box installed on your vehicle.
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You need to begin with knowing what you will want to transport. This can include baby prams or strollers, golf clubs, skis, bicycles, camping equipment, and more. Once you have a good idea of what gear you will need to stow, you need to look at the dimensions of your vehicle so that you can decide what type of rack or box will work best for your needs.
- Vehicle – You will need to know the dimensions of your vehicle’s roof and where and how the tailgate, trunk, or rear storage area opens. You will need to be sure the rear access is unimpeded.
- Roof Racks – It will be necessary to determine the width of the roof racks, especially if you intend to include a storage box. There are different types of racks including a flush rail roof rack. Depending on what you choose, the bars should be wide enough to accommodate a roof box. The width of the racks should be greater than the width of the mounting clamps.
Another consideration is the type and weight of the items you intend to transport. Some things have extra length like fishing gear, skis, and snowboards. Some weigh more than others.
Start by looking in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. If you can’t locate it, check on line. In the specifications you will find the maximum amount of weight your vehicle can safely handle. Then you need to determine the items you want to pack and add their total weight. To that include the weight of the racks themselves, box, and other accessories. As long as this total weight is under the parameters specified for your vehicle, you are fine. If not, you may need to rethink your equipment, packing or needs.
As you pack, be sure that the load is evenly distributed by weight. This will reduce the chance of wind load and avoid overstressing points on the roof of the vehicle. It is also strongly suggested that you tie down the contents inside the box. This will prevent the contents from shifting, which could cause your vehicle to slide or its handling. Be sure to consider wind loads as well.
Always lock your box before starting the engine. This is an issue of personal security, as well as assuring that you don’t look in the side mirrors and see your gear spread across the roadway behind you.
All of this is pretty technical. However, we have experts at Ultimate Automotive who will be happy to help you with these issues. We understand the details of a roof rack and can help you with whatever you need.
We stock a wide range of manufacturers and styles and are sure we can find the best product for your budget and requirements. Contact us if you’d like to see what auto roof racks in Ottawa we can offer today.