Have you considered a trailer instead of a roof rack? I looked at both and chose the trailer for several reasons.
I honestly did, and still not 100% sure that the rooftop is the best option... Can you help me further in this?
1) has less wind resistance for better gas mileage.
Yes, less drag is true, but you probably will also carry more stuff and thus towing more weight, but point taken 1x0 to the trailer
2) keeps the center of gravity lower.
Yes true, but I am willing not ot consider this one, I don't plan to go rock crawling or any activity where the higher CG will really make a difference. still 1x0
3) easier to access equipment.
Maybe... It also depends on how you set the interior of the car, agree?
4) higher overall capacity.
I am the kind of guy that don't like to leave an empty space so this may become more of a liability then an asset, if I have the trailer I will overload it. 1x1
5) can be disconnected from the tow vehicle and left at camp.
6) can be had with secure lid to keep both four and two legged predators out.
Nah... if you don't have it, you don't have to secure it, and you have to secure the car also anyway.
7) Also, the trailer was roughly the cost of a good roof rack.
So you would not had the roof rack at all? And where do I find a trailer for 1k? They are far more expensive then that.
Now, 2x1 for the trailer with your arguments. See mine for the roof tent:
1) You have everything in one single unit;
2) You don't have to worry about having something behind you, specially on dirt roads or trails;
3) You will sleep much higher, better sense of protection I think;
4) I don't know if the fuel economy of the trailer will compensate for the higher toll fares that you will have to pay on highways for the extra axle;
5) I am worried about having to ship them separately through the Panama Canal and the extra bureocracy I may get into get it out of customs;
6) For the reason above, I also do not know how much extra I would have to pay to ship it, even if it is possible to do it still connected to the car.
7) How about the pictures bellow for a reason?
I think the trailer will be a huge pain in the butt in a situation like that.
>>My trailer is a former military trailer and I'm modifying/building to fit my
Well, I wish I had the expertize to get a cheap one and rebuild, or even do a design from scratch.
>>It's an ambitious plan you've got there. I wish I had the resources to do a trip like that.
Come along as far as you want!!
I found your input very valuable, please do argue about all of my considerations. The car will be ready by next April so I have decided very little and still have time to change everything.