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.
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.
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.