Last Call: Strapped On Edition

Here’s a question for you: have you in your entire life ever strapped a suitcase or other piece of luggage to an exterior rack on a car? Sadly I never have, and, seeing as such, I am adding it to my bucket list, right along with owning a Porsche 356.
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32 responses to “Last Call: Strapped On Edition”

  1. mdharrell Avatar

    I have strapped luggage to trunk-mounted luggage racks (MGB and SAAB 96) and to roof racks (SAAB 96 and IH pickup) but I have never strapped luggage to a running board, to a hood, or to a front or rear bumper. Yet.

  2. salguod Avatar

    I have used a roof top cargo box and a hitch mounted cargo rack, but not a trunk mounted rack. Aside from the 356 and a few British sports cars, I’m not a fan of the trunk rack, so no great loss.

  3. ptschett Avatar

    One of my luggage carriers also sometimes was the luggage itself.
    (What is it about owning a dual-sport that eventually compels the milk crate installation anyway?)

    1. Manxman Avatar

      Milk crates are highly underated and much maligned. I’m a fan of milkcrates. If they were made from billet aluminum every cruiser would have one.

  4. Batshitbox Avatar

    No, but a pal of mine has a 356 Cabriolet with a luggage rack much like the picture. He strapped something to the rack and it broke in a disappointing and expensive manner.

  5. jeepjeff Avatar

    I have strapped luggage to roof racks before. A trunk lid mounted rack is somewhere on the bucket list. Haven’t strapped luggage on top of the Jeep, yet. I did make a rack for it out of 2x4s, but that gets used for lumber and metal.

  6. 0A5599 Avatar

    It depends on how loosely you define “luggage”. Guitar amplifier onto a 1970 Challenger’s trunk rack, yes. Soap Box Derby car onto a Jeep’s roof rack, yes. Dirt bike onto van’s bumper rack, yes. Futon moved cross-country on a minivan roof rack, yes. Luggage inside of a rooftop carrier attached to a luggage rack, yes. Bicycle tied to a roof rack not specifically intended for bikes, yes. Suitcase in direct contact with a luggage rack, not that I can recall.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      If we’re going with a loose definition of “luggage” then I wish to revise my previous answer to read “I have carried stuff on pretty much every nonrotating external surface of a motor vehicle at one time or another.”

  7. P161911 Avatar

    I tried using the roof rack on our Trailblazer once. I added extra tie down straps to the large duffle bag that was meant for exterior use. It made such a whistling noise and racket at speed I pulled over within 10 miles and made room inside the vehicle for it.
    Used a receiver hitch rack many times.

  8. Batshitbox Avatar

    Out with the old, in with the new!
    My 15 year old Daytona boots have been retired, in favor of another pair of Daytonas. For obvious reasons.
    Truth be told, I bet I could Sno-Seal the leather on the old ones and Shoe-Goo the soles and they’d be just as good as they ever were, minus the rubber shifting pad on the toe.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      My hiking boots start looking a bit like that. Lowa, the maker, offers to exchange the Vibram sole for something like 70€, which is a good deal. They don’t do it in Norway so I have to create a convoluted setup to get these boots to Gärmany, and back. Maybe Daytona offers something similar?

  9. Alff Avatar

    Life was better when cars were so small you had to figure out how to hang shit off of them.

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      Plus no matter how big the car you will want to carry more sooner or later. Years ago I filled the inside of a Nissan Patrol with about 8 timber pallets and then had another dozen on the roof rack.

  10. nanoop Avatar

    I’m a big fan of roof racks. My current daily driver is a Skoda Roomster without railings, so there is no proper roof rack available (the roof has basically the form of a baseball cap). Consequently I started hauling girders with borrowed trailer. Now, in order to avoid buying my own trailer (totally unnecessary, neighbors and hardware stores are happily handing them out for free) I pulled the trigger on an original Eckel roof rack with clapperboard-style ski holders from 1982 for the 944…
    The older I get, the more I become a conaîsseur des galeries porte-bagages…

    1. crank_case Avatar

      I hate em, though maybe designs have improved and of course cars are more insulated now. My hatred stems from childhood. My Dad was a window cleaner so needed to carry ladders, and even a van won’t take a full length one so roof racks on pretty much every car or van we had. The constant wind noise was a pain. As soon as he retired, the racks came off and generally don’t go back on! Makes me laugh a little when I see modified VWs sporting roof racks because they think its cool, but I guess now people see it as an indicator of an active “lifestyle” with bikes and roofboxes, whereas back in the day it meant you did a trade.

      1. nanoop Avatar

        My father was a tiny bit into wind surfing, and had an early, buoyant, board that was huge and heavy. There was a geometric condition when it would cause a constant 1kHz whistle between board, rack, and W124’s sunroof. It took several stops to figure out a configuration that wouldn’t whistle. I see why you don’t like that on a daily.
        In my defense, I do use the 944 once or twice a season to go cross-country skiing. The skis do fit inside, though… You won’t catch me with empty ski racks, especially outside the season, promise!

      2. outback_ute Avatar

        Roof racks or bars still make noise that you can hear inside IMO, so I remove them when possible.

      3. Vairship Avatar

        I take it you didn’t have a Renault 4 Fourgonnette? Most people think that little hatch above the rear door is for the baguettes, but it’s actually for ladders and other oversized items.

        1. crank_case Avatar

          Nope, various cars were used for work such as a Vauxhall Chevette and KE30 Corolla wagaon, but of the vans a Daihatsu HiJet and Toyota LiteAce featured.
          I think that R4 hatch would be handy the odd time, but truth be told wandering around with a full length ladder sticking out at a 45 degree angle would have been a recipe for disaster! not to mention acting as a bath tub in a wet climate.
          Our Hijet was similar to this, though a bit less dented. Of all the cars my Dad owned, this and a Citroen Dyane are probably the only two I’d actively like to own.

  11. tonyola Avatar

    No suitcases, but surfboards to a roof rack. Dad would get upset if I left the racks on the family Marquis Brougham.

  12. JRise Avatar

    Yes. Whatever needed to be hauled, too big for the trunk, went on the roof rack. In this case a closet.
    In hindsight it could possibly have been disassembled first, but since the aerodynamics of the old Taunus probably was already poor it went up there in one piece.

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      Great to see a Taunus coupe – one of Ford’s best fastbacks IMO

      1. JRise Avatar

        Totally agree, a good-looking car for it’s time, and enjoyable to drive.
        Looked even better without the walk-in strapped to the roof:

        1. outback_ute Avatar

          Of course we only had the Cortina in Australia, but I did see a Taunus TC3 for sale in Western Australia many years ago (the other side of the country so safe enough from an impulse buy…)

  13. Fuhrman16 Avatar

    Anyone else having issues with the site loading correctly on PC? Only two of the articles from today will load, and they only load as the mobile version. It still seems to load fine on my phone.

    1. gerberbaby Avatar

      I’m good. no issues

    2. njhoon Avatar

      I’ve had problems since Sunday. I have an RSS feed to my home page, I could access straight to the articles, but if I went to the home page I got squat.

  14. Borkwagen Avatar

    I have strapped tires to the engine lid. Not in a Land Rover way though:

  15. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    I’ve got remove able roof racks (though you can only use one at a time…), but I’ve never carried luggage on them. Plenty of building materials (like well over 500 lbs a load), and stacks of ladders, ands supplies up to ten feet long. Works great.

  16. Ol' Shel' Avatar
    Ol’ Shel’

    Does anybody have affordable ideas for stackable storage boxes/bins for shop use?
    I’ve been putting my car parts into liquor boxes, but they’re not strong enough for heavy items, especially when I want to stack them. The size is OK, but something that’s 14x16x14 would be about right.
    I need dozens of durable, stackable containers, and can’t afford to spend a ton on the new, plastic bins I see for sale.
    Any ideas?

    1. njhoon Avatar
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