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Thule Atlantis 1800 cargo carrier
In the few spare minutes I had this weekend, I managed to install the Thule Atlantis 1800 cargo carrier on top of my Rav4. Step were as follows.
1. Remove factory cross-bars (note to self, they can't be removed from the front of the roof rails, doh!)
2. Install Thule Rapid Crossroad Footpack and crossbars. Simple and easy.
3. Install cargo box (again, very easy).
4. Drive around to see how noisy all the new hardware is.
Actually, I drove around a bit after just installing the new crossbars, and they do make a noticeable whistle when the sun roof cover is open. If you close the sun shade on the sunroof, most of the additional noise from the box and bars is very minimal. I could fell an occasional gust of wind catch the car a bit more, but its windy here today (20-30MPH).
Now, before this degenerates into a thread of how useless a car top carrier is on the RAV4 due to weight limitations, I plan on using this carrier to carry strollers and other baby paraphernalia that doesn't weigh that much but is bulky and hard to pack efficiently. That should leave room for the heavier, more compact stuff in the back of the car and still leave room to put one seat down for the dog and have Jr. in is car seat. Pics are in my album if anyone is curious how it looks, and I apologize for the shabby shape of the RAV4. It rained here all week and I used all of my marital capital to spend 6+ hours detailing last weekend.