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Thule Rack Accessories in Ottawa

Many people in Ottawa are opting for a Thule rack system for their vehicle.  This is a convenient method to transport gear or bulky items for work or recreational activities.  The basic components of a rack system are two crossbars to span the top of the vehicle and supports to attach the crossbars.

Load bars, or crossbars, come in various lengths.  The choice depends on the type, make and model of the vehicle combined with the contents you want to transport.  Generally the bars are square or round, but also available are flat, wide bars.  These flat bars are more aerodynamic and generally quieter.

Once you have a rack installed, you can start thinking about accessories.  This will include items to carry canoes, bikes, and other gear.


roof rack thule_cargo_carrierThere are a few items you may find fun, but there are a few that you should definitely consider.

Top on your list should be locks.  They come in packs of 2, 4, 6, and 8.  A single key will fit all of them.  Locks are important to prevent theft as well as to secure the gear in place so it does not decide to fly off during travel.

Depending on the shape of your vehicle’s roof, the air flow across the crossbars can make a whistling noise.  This can become increasingly annoying over time.  If you have concerns, choose a wing shaped bar as your initial installation.  If you are already committed to a rack that is making noise, check out a faring. This attaches to the front bar and will deflect the air flow upward.  This should minimize the noise.

Tie down straps are really important.  You will need some for the exterior and if you use a box, you will need some for the interior too.  In that way you can secure the items inside the Thule rack box so they will not shift as you are driving.  Depending on the weight you are carrying up and downhill can become very interesting if your cargo starts to move.

Not exactly essential, but really nice add-ons include cargo nets and lifters.  This will make loading easier and quicker.  If it is less of a hassle you will probably want to go adventuring more often than not.


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Be prepared to spend a bit of money.  Perhaps you are considering economizing with another similar item.  Just be sure to compare what you are getting.  As an example, awnings made from rip-stop, UV resistant, water and mold resistant fabric will last longer.  There will be a somewhat larger upfront cost, but you won’t be replacing them every year or two.

If you are considering adding some accessories to your current Thule roof rack, or if you are in the market for an entire system, come to our site to explore what is available to you.  Then you can come in for a demonstration of the products we have available and instructions on how to take it off and put it back on.  We have specialists who are able to discuss all the details of a rack system and the tips and tricks you will need to get many years of enjoyment from their use. Contact us today.


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Where to Buy Auto Roof Racks in Ottawa

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.

Where to Buy Auto Racks in Ottawa

auto roof racks ottawaYou 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.