Perfect for camping trips; Best part is that we can use this without having a rack on top, and it holds fine running the straps through the windows and doors of the van.
The product was well packed, and all parts were present and undamaged. At first I was a bit disappointed that this roof rack was so heavy. But upon assembly and fitting to my trailer top, I realized that heavy duty steel is exactly was was needed to span such a long distance and still support a load. Initial assembly only took 5 minutes. Fitting to the roof, marking mounting holes, drilling, and installing took about 2 hours, but I was very careful (you are, after all, drilling holes into the roof of your trailer/topper!). In addition, I had to clip the ends of all 8 lag bolts because they poked through the ceiling of the camper. I imagine this is a pretty common issue (as most pop-ups are constructed in the same or similar manner). I chose to clip them each because I already had a large bolt cutter, and clipping bolts is easy for me. I strongly recommend opening the package and taking the lag bolts to your local hardware store and purchasing similar zinc lag bolts that are about 1/2" shorter if you don't have bolt cutters . You certainly don't want sharp points poking through your camper top, as they will damage your camper sides when it's in the packed position. I also strongly recommend "dry mounting" your intended load or rack prior to marking and mounting this roof rack . I mounted bike rack trays to the roof rack, and found out after the fact that if I had slid the roof rack bars just a smidge closer together, my bike rack trays would have fit perfectly. As it is, I had to mount them slightly offset from each other because the roof rack was already fixed in place. I would buy this roof rack again in the future. I'm very happy with the quality and the price.
I love my Rightline top carrier. I love that it fits on my car without racks. Easy to set up by myself, I am a mom BTW. Doesn't seem to make to big of an impact on my gas mileage. I most of all love that it is truly 100% waterproof. I had my doubts, but driving through the High Sierras has proven it. In pouring rain or snow, windy roads, my top carrier keeps everything in place and dry. Don't fall for cheap wanna be brands. I did, and wet sleeping bags while camping are a nightmare.
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