Originally Posted by justinyancey
I know the answer varies a little, but how much can you load in one of the hard roof carriers. I am thinking of getting one. Can you load a mid size or large rolling suitcase. If so can you load more than one. I have never seen one in person. How much do those that already have one generally get packed up in it? What type of items have you loaded up.
For the 18cf Skybox I can load up 3-day luggage bags along with several smaller bags around them (dog supplies, towels, blankets, hiking boots), skis, poles, a paper bag of groceries. I don't think you'd have a problem loading up two large 5-day luggage bags with room for smaller things to fill along the sides. I used to have the 21cf Skybox Pro on my Outback and I loaded that sucker up with some so much gear it was awesome. The 18cf does well for my wife and I and our two dogs.
If you install roof racks that screw into the flush rails like Mopar or Rhino, they are spaced far enough to give full support of the Thule or Yakima boxes without the nose of the carrier sticking way out over the front windshield (and the hatch doesn't hit the back). If you purchase the Thule or Yakima crossbars that attach to the door jams, I think the carrier would stick pretty far out front. That's just a guess on my part. Maybe someone with this setup can chime in.
If you are an REI member ($20 one time fee) they generally send out 20% off coupons twice a year. There is currently a 20% sale going on for members through April 13th. I used one each time I bought a carrier. They carry both Thule and Yakima lines.