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Old 20 Sep 2004, 08:07 pm
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Okay, the PT has a lot of room for a smallish vehicle. That's part of why I love mine for everyday use. However, several times each year I travel and camp for up to a week at a time. Okay you say, plenty of room for that. However....the reason I travel and camp is to reach dark skies to observe with my telescope. The telescope and gear for it take up most of the room in the back of the PT. Adding camping gear is tough once all of the scope stuff is packed. Soooo....would I be better off with a roof rack and cargo box up top....or a hitch and a small enclosed trailer for the trips I make?? I was thinking of a small teardrop-shaped cargo trailer but then there are issues with storing/maintaining it. If I go the cargo box route, I have to have rack/rails to mount it on. What does the group suggest?
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Hmm... I would go with the roof rack and a cargo box... But that's just me
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Old 20 Sep 2004, 09:10 pm
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What about a hitch mounted luggage rack?

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Okay, the PT has a lot of room for a smallish vehicle. That's part of why I love mine for everyday use. However, several times each year I travel and camp for up to a week at a time. Okay you say, plenty of room for that. However....the reason I travel and camp is to reach dark skies to observe with my telescope. The telescope and gear for it take up most of the room in the back of the PT. Adding camping gear is tough once all of the scope stuff is packed. Soooo....would I be better off with a roof rack and cargo box up top....or a hitch and a small enclosed trailer for the trips I make?? I was thinking of a small teardrop-shaped cargo trailer but then there are issues with storing/maintaining it. If I go the cargo box route, I have to have rack/rails to mount it on. What does the group suggest?
Thanks for reading! BB
If you really need space, a small trailer is great as long as you are not towing over 1,000 pounds. Since storing it seems to be a problem for you, the roof rack is probably the best option but it will limit the maximize load you can carry as opposed to a trailer.
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Old 20 Sep 2004, 11:21 pm
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If I go for the roof rack + cargo box, what are my options for a removable rack set? Are the Mopar rails removable or are they a permanent add to the roof? Any pics of roof boxes on a PT? Will a cargo box clear the spoiler on a GT?
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Yakima makes great roof top boxes, and the mounting rack is easily installed/removed. They have a model called SpaceCadet, which is a bit shorter, but still offers 15 cubic feet of storage. Check 'em out at www.yakima.com
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I believe the factory OEM roof rack is limited to 85 lbs.
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Here is a roof box for sale.

http://ptcruiserworld.tenmagazines.c...kima_roof_rack
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Old 21 Sep 2004, 11:44 pm
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Hmmm...did some research on racks and boxes. To get something from Yakima or Thule will be about $700.00 for towers, rails, box and hardware. Might be doable.

I saw a PT on the way home tonight that had the PT Cruiser badged rack rails and it had a ladder on it that barely cleared the spoiler so I guess that would work.

I'd still like to see pics of a mid-sized box on a PT if anyone has such a thing. [8D]
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rent a van for a week :P
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