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#1 hummingbird

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Posted 26 April 2018 - 11:53

I'm thinking of getting a roof rack but I know nothing about them.  To give an idea of what I want to carry, it's similar to the lengths of piping that plumbers carry on their roofs in tubes.

Does anyone here have a roof rack and has any tips on pitfalls, who would fit, etc.  Any experiences or advice will be very welcome.

 

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#2 chris13

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Posted 26 April 2018 - 14:31

If there is a branch of Halfords nearby you could ask for advice there. I believe they will fit it if you buy.

 

Edit. They appear to charge £15 for fitting of roof bars.


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Posted 26 April 2018 - 15:15

I would not be seen dead driving with a roof rack, because of a) stability issues, b) petrol consumption is greatly imcreased.  Far too many people overload them. 


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Posted 26 April 2018 - 16:24

I would not be seen dead driving with a roof rack, because of a) stability issues, b) petrol consumption is greatly imcreased.  Far too many people overload them. 

I am not sure that roof racks actually exist anymore. When I answered the original post I found roof bars in the Halfords website which are probably more secure. I am lucky in that my car is an estate with roof bars permanently attached but even some estate cars do not have this facility as standard anymore.


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Posted 26 April 2018 - 22:37

Thanks for the replies.  I didn't think of Halfords but there's one not too far away so I can call in smile.png


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Posted 01 May 2018 - 09:55

If you only need to carry stuff occasionally, you can get inflatable roof racks these days. We've used them when travelling abroad on hire cars to carry our hang gliders. smile.png

 

Saves you from knocking your fuel efficiency down permanently!


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