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    Who has a roof basket on their vehicle?

    Thinking of throwing a roof basket up top on my crossbars...part for the look, part to actually use it lol.

    Who has one? Do you keep it up there 24/7 or take it down when not in use? Does it affect MPG?

    Do you get a lot of use out of it day to day or only on big outings like camping trips?

    My only real hesitation is I strap large items straight to my crossbars sometimes (furniture, big tv, surfboard etc) - and I wonder how much of a PITA it is to take on/off the roof basket a lot?
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    Bought a Yakima one and I couldn’t believe how much noise it made. I hadn’t even put the cargo box on top of it at that point. Was thankful rei let me return it
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    Originally Posted by blazenbb View Post
    Bought a Yakima one and I couldn’t believe how much noise it made. I hadn’t even put the cargo box on top of it at that point. Was thankful rei let me return it
    Really? Like a howling/whistling noise? Yeah that would get old quick.
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    My 2020 4Runner TRD Pro comes from the factory with one. I like the look of it, even though it’s not a full length roof one which I prefer. But I do like how the factory one doesn’t impact the sunroof.

    What I hate about it though is the damn wind noise (which would be even worse with a full length). I understand a 4Runner is never going to be a quiet ride to begin with, but I am going to get the roof rack delete kit.
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    Originally Posted by sunsean View Post
    Really? Like a howling/whistling noise? Yeah that would get old quick.
    Yes and it sure did. If you’re not going to be using the hitch, I’d look into a hitch cargo carrier
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    Originally Posted by akmerle View Post
    My 2020 4Runner TRD Pro comes from the factory with one. I like the look of it, even though it’s not a full length roof one which I prefer. But I do like how the factory one doesn’t impact the sunroof.

    What I hate about it though is the damn wind noise (which would be even worse with a full length). I understand a 4Runner is never going to be a quiet ride to begin with, but I am going to get the roof rack delete kit.
    Wow so it's so bad you are going out of your way to have a factory-installed one removed? Must be pretty bad.

    Originally Posted by blazenbb View Post
    Yes and it sure did. If you’re not going to be using the hitch, I’d look into a hitch cargo carrier
    Thanks for sharing your experience...sounds like it might not be worth it with the noise and, as I've read, it takes a hit on your MPG. Someone in another forum said they lose a good 5mp on the highway with it on their roof.

    Will look into alternatives. TBH I can live without it, I just liked the look more than anything for that safari feel.
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