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Unread 01-08-2013, 11:11 AM   #1
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Default How to carry all the crap for week long vacation?

Lived in Hawaii so now being back in the states and having a 6 month and a 2.5 year old kid, I'm facing my first family vacation this summer. Looking at my pack list for a week at he beach, it's obviously not fitting in the back of the truck. Table top BBQ, big cooler, beach chairs, luggage, food, surf board, possibly a beach wagon thing, etc etc etc.

Small enclosed trailer? Tail gate rack? Roof top cargo box or rack? What works best for vacation? It's a log cabin, so not quite camping, but not hotel either.
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Unread 01-08-2013, 11:53 AM   #2
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Lived in Hawaii so now being back in the states and having a 6 month and a 2.5 year old kid, I'm facing my first family vacation this summer. Looking at my pack list for a week at he beach, it's obviously not fitting in the back of the truck. Table top BBQ, big cooler, beach chairs, luggage, food, surf board, possibly a beach wagon thing, etc etc etc.

Small enclosed trailer? Tail gate rack? Roof top cargo box or rack? What works best for vacation? It's a log cabin, so not quite camping, but not hotel either.
The simplest and lowest cost for the volume can be a used Thule or Yakima "coffin" box up on the roof. Craigslist is a good source for them. Rear hitch baskets are okay as Harbor Freight has sales on their aluminum model. After that a roof top basket, then a small trailer are solutions that I've used.
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We just had a kid, I'll be adding something like yakima skybox sometime in the future to suck up the large light weight stuff. I also built a storage floor with tie downs that allows me to take advantage of the rear storage area better. I live at the beach, but I'd probably leave the wagon at home
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Do you have a roof rack? I can fit almost as much stuff on my Bajarack as I can in the back. I bought a large, soft zip-up bag that I put all our stuff in that I don't want getting dirty or wet, and the rest just gets strapped down.
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I think roof box will be best. Too much small stuff for open cargo box I think. Beach umbrella, chairs, stroller etc.
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Unread 01-08-2013, 03:43 PM   #6
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At least here in AZ, a decent used Thule/Yakima rooftop box with adequate room was running about 300-350 when i was looking just before last summer.

For 275 or less, I was able to get the Rola Rack, Extension, cargo net, and Rola Platypus bag for lightweight things I would like to keep dry.

I really wanted the Thule carrier, but its light load limitations, potential dimension limitations, and use limitations kept us from getting it.

The Rola has a larger footprint overall for more stuff, no height requirements, cheaper, and with the bag too, i have different carrying options...and I wouldn't feel bad about throwing a couple of bundles of wood on it versus the Thule/Yakima box.

Both are easily removable (who doesn't like to save gas when they can). A plus for the carrier box is it is lockable.

Storage of both can be a pain or easy depending on your situation.

Can't think of anything else that might help at the moment.

I have a 3 year old girl and now a 5 month old son. My wife an I were streamlined campers. Kids certainly changed that...for now anyway. As they get older, I am hoping the packing of "crap" gets simpler. Either way, the time spent with them is without a doubt...absolutely worth it.

Good luck with your decision.
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Another good point. Box limits room. Always liked the idea of a rack. Would be fun to try to strap it all down though.
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Thule and Yakima boxes are cheaper out here on Craigslist


Yakima Rocketbox - $175 (Laguna Niguel)
http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/pts/3529150362.html

Thule Ascent 1100 Cargo Box - $150
http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/cto/3517764559.html


I tried just about every variation of cargo stowage except this type. I love my African Outback rack. Holds anything yet weighs only 50 pounds by itself thus leaving more capacity to strap more junk up there compared to steel racks.


PS: in Virginia http://smd.craigslist.org/for/3477503941.html
Thule Adventurer 615 Car Top Cargo Box - $180 (Central Calvert County)
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You will need aftermarket roof racks with a Thule or Yakima-type "coffin" box up top on one side, and on the other side you can rack your quiver. Factory roof rack will be too narrow to put both a coffin box and boards.
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Used coffin boxes are a pipe dream here in the DC area. People ask almost new prices for crap on CL around here. I'm not paying $375 for a cracked, 15 year old thule box when a new one is $500..... that one above is cheap, but a few hours away.

Hmmmm.... coffin locker vs baja rack..... I'd like to have a place for the highlift. Wonder how folding beach chairs do strapped in a rack going 70mph?
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My wife and I travel all over the country for her job and have to take what we need for three months at a time. Including pots and pans dishes . Two flat screens and our clothes tools ect. I use a yakima load warrior with extension and a hitch hauler. It's tight but I can get all of our stuff inside or on the racks.
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I prefer trailers. How about renting or borrowing a luggage trailer or small utility trailer for the week? That would give you a lot more load capacity and make for more convenient loading/unloading. They can be left behind (with lock & chain) at the cabin for 4-wheel excursions. My 2000 lb. loaded teardrop costs about 3 mpg at 70 mph, which I would guess is about the same as a packing it all up top.
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Do you have a roof rack? I can fit almost as much stuff on my Bajarack as I can in the back. I bought a large, soft zip-up bag that I put all our stuff in that I don't want getting dirty or wet, and the rest just gets strapped down.
Ditto on this...!!!
I purchased a THULE cargo bag... loose odd shaped stuff goes in there
everything else gets strapped to the BajaRack ...throw a bunge net over all of it
and off we go
easy to manage
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