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I don't know if this is the right place to post this, but I'm planning a trip to Pittsburgh at the end of June and have a question about hauling loads on the roof racks.

My friend is bringing an 18-gallon tote which might be the only thing that will be able to fit in the trunk of the Crosstrek. Basically he's bringing it because he's a royal pain in my ass and has the proverbial need to be right about everything. So my new plan is to put the tote with maybe a suitcase or two in the trunk and then strap the rest to the roof rack. So my question is what should I do about covering whatever is up top? The last thing I want to have to deal with are 1000 dead bugs splattered all over everything or having rocks damage whatever is strapped up there. I'm looking at cargo boxes but I don't know if I should spend that kind of money on something I'm probably only going to use once, plus I feel I won't be able to stack suitcases in a pod the same way I can on a basket.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
 

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A tarp or something could help to cover your cargo, but honestly that will add wind noise. If I were in your position, I would bite the bullet and get a cargo box so that everything is contained in one unit, covered, and won't add as much wind noise. Also, you never know if rain or other conditions will ruin your roof-mounted cargo.
 

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IMO, cargo boxes are the only way to go. The Thule Sonic series are very nice and I don't even notice it unless there is a strong crosswind. I tried two models; the Sonic M and Sonic XL. I went with the XL for more room (17 cubic ft vs 13 cubic ft). I think the Sonic M or similar sized cargo box would work well on a Crosstrek.



 

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I found the Atlantic cargo box (I think it's called) from Thule which looks pretty spacious. Thule really is the only one I'm considering since pretty much everything else gets bad reviews. I like the Sonic one posted here though too.
 

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I found the Atlantic cargo box (I think it's called) from Thule which looks pretty spacious. Thule really is the only one I'm considering since pretty much everything else gets bad reviews. I like the Sonic one posted here though too.
I think you might be referring to the Atlantis series. It's been discontinued so you'd have to find a used one. The new Thule models that would compare to it would be the Force or the Pulse series. I wouldn't consider the Pulse series because you can only open it on one side whereas the Force or Sonic series opens from both sides. If I hadn't decided on the Sonic, I would have gone with a Force box.
Boxes, Baskets & Cargo Bags - Thule

Don't forget about getting a step platform to load/unload the box. I found a perfect-sized one at Rockler.
Aluminum Folding Platform, While Supplies Last! - Rockler Woodworking Tools
 

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The Force looks pretty cool and is long enough by far to hold a set of skiis when compared to the Atlantis. For $100 I think I'll get the Force, thanks man.
 

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I run a Yakima MegaWarrior as my roof basket, and this is what I learned:
1. Gas mileage will drop...significantly
2. Bugs will get on the front of everything in the basket...especially from WA to NC, via east Ohio, then south. Like 1/4 inch think of bugs.
3. Keep any loose tie down straps tied. I prefer to use an elastic cargo net though.
4. Wind noise. Lots of wind noise.
 
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