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Rooftop Box for storage

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Old 06-02-2019, 05:52 PM
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Rooftop Box for storage

OK, as I await arrival of my new Clubman from across the pond, I am considering a rooftop box for vacations. I have considered just purchasing the Mini branded rooftop box, but I'm wondering if there are nicer units that look a little better on the Clubman. If you use a rooftop box, please post pics and descriptions for me to get some ideas.

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Old 06-06-2019, 06:59 PM
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I think I found the box that I want, but I cannot find a US reseller, and the company has not responded. Does anybody here know of a place to purchase a Packline NX premium roof box?

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Old 06-07-2019, 06:58 AM
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If you use a rooftop box, please post pics and descriptions for me to get some ideas.
I don't have pics, but we run a Thule Pulse Alpine box (https://www.thule.com/en-us/us/cargo...pine-_-1680041). 4 good things... (i) It's about the cheapest Thule you can get. (ii) The length matches almost perfectly to the Clubman roof-line, so it doesn't protrude front or back. Looks good on the car. Clamps onto the MINI crossbars easily. (iii) It's narrow enough that I still have room to run a rooftop bike rack alongside it, to bring a mountain bike along on camping trips. (iv) I really don't notice much wind noise or any drop in gas mileage with it.

It's big enough for a ski or camping weekend if your stuff is in bits (e.g., sleeping bags and duffel bags thrown in). Not big enough for suitcases though. Weatherproofing is pretty good - have never had serious water intrusion despite driving through some bad storms. The ribs along the bottom do a good job of keeping the contents raised off the floor of the box, so if water does get in it sits low in the channels and doesn't get things wet. Nevertheless we usually wrap whatever is gonna be at the front in a trash bag just to be safe.

Only down-side is the lock closure mechanism can be a bit finicky if the box is crammed to the gills. We bought it at a close-out sale at the local bike shop - check your LBS first because this is a popular model for biking (see (iii) above) and they often have display models to let go for cheaper.
 
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Old 06-08-2019, 08:05 AM
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Try packasport.com - they are produced in Oregon. Had one of their models for about 20 years. Fiberglass, very durable, several sizes available.
 
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Old 06-14-2019, 05:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Virgilstar View Post
I don't have pics, but we run a Thule Pulse Alpine box (https://www.thule.com/en-us/us/cargo...pine-_-1680041). 4 good things... (i) It's about the cheapest Thule you can get. (ii) The length matches almost perfectly to the Clubman roof-line, so it doesn't protrude front or back. Looks good on the car. Clamps onto the MINI crossbars easily. (iii) It's narrow enough that I still have room to run a rooftop bike rack alongside it, to bring a mountain bike along on camping trips. (iv) I really don't notice much wind noise or any drop in gas mileage with it.

It's big enough for a ski or camping weekend if your stuff is in bits (e.g., sleeping bags and duffel bags thrown in). Not big enough for suitcases though. Weatherproofing is pretty good - have never had serious water intrusion despite driving through some bad storms. The ribs along the bottom do a good job of keeping the contents raised off the floor of the box, so if water does get in it sits low in the channels and doesn't get things wet. Nevertheless we usually wrap whatever is gonna be at the front in a trash bag just to be safe.

Only down-side is the lock closure mechanism can be a bit finicky if the box is crammed to the gills. We bought it at a close-out sale at the local bike shop - check your LBS first because this is a popular model for biking (see (iii) above) and they often have display models to let go for cheaper.
Thanks for the info! I will consider the alpine. The Packline NX can be had, but it will cost me about $3000 including shipping, and I'm not willing to shell out that cash for a rooftop carrier that I will use once or twice a year.
 
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