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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-08-2009, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Affordable Roof Baskets

Well, I've been looking into finding myself a roof basket for my 08fsxt.

I have found two different, expandable, models that both seem like they would do the same job as a more expensive Yakima Load Warrior, or Thule MOAB.

I found this:
2009 (Thule Racks) SportRack A21030 Roof Basket Rack

And this:
Rola Roof Mounted Cargo Basket 59504 : Trailer hitch bike rack and trailer hitches - etrailer.com

I know a few members here have the Rola basket, my question is, which one should I buy? Owners of either, please feel free to reply with a review...

I figured this would be a good post question for many members who may be looking for an affordable "adventure basket" as I like to call them.

Also, I would eventually be looking to put a larger full spare tire attached to the rack, I think Yakima's spare tire attachment should work for either of these, thoughts?

Thanks for your opinions,
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I know you stated affordable. However, look for a new or used Yakima load warrior. Just bought mine and love it. Also, it has so many easy accessories.

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I know you stated affordable. However, look for a new or used Yakima load warrior. Just bought mine and love it. Also, it has so many easy accessories.

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Agreed, check craigslist for a used one, I got one for 100 bucks (sportrack) recently by watching for sale threads.

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From what I've read, the sportrack is the same as the Yakima Load Warrior, dimension-wise right? Therefore it should be able to use Yakima's accessories?
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From what I've read, the sportrack is the same as the Yakima Load Warrior, dimension-wise right? Therefore it should be able to use Yakima's accessories?
Theoretically, not sure exactly.

note:thule sportrack=coleman safari basket (old brand name, same thing)

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hmm, sportrack makes a good roof basket.. pretty cheap.

I myself have a yakima loadwarrior pretty good..
but I wish I had a roof box, much easy to store safely.. don't have to worry about getting wet..

but I know if I had a roof box, I'd want a roof basket.. So I think I should get the box now ......

I got mine for $190 second hand..

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Hah, Jeff, you could just sell me your Yakima LW and you'd have cash for a new box, we'd both win...

PM me if you think that's a good idea...

Thanks for the replies so far, keep it up guys, I need one of these things!
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From what I've read, the sportrack is the same as the Yakima Load Warrior, dimension-wise right? Therefore it should be able to use Yakima's accessories?
The Loadwarrior has larger diameter tubing, so the difference in size can be made up with some rubber hose from a bike tire. I have the Coleman/sportrack basket and mounted a Coleman ski rack to it using Yakima Snaparounds and a few inches of bike tire tubing.
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Hey Peter-man, check out Channel 9!

Thanks for the reply/review on the Coleman, are you pretty satisfied with it so far??
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that Rola looks nice especially it being low-profile, but would it be able to hold more? i don't see what the difference would be.

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I found and bought a Yakima Roadwarrior w/ extension for 150 on craigs a few months back. It's awesome and I can still attach bike and snowboard racks to it.. All season here!

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brand-new, those things are darn expensive.

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brand-new, those things are darn expensive.
no used, but in great condition. Yeah he didn't mention the extension, but when I showed up, there it was... 5 feet long with the ext.

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lucky.

how much should one of these Yakimas go for, used:


it's from a Nissan, but the User states it's Universal.


edit: sorry, it's not a basket.

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I've been in the same shoes for several months until i decided to go ahead and purchase the Yakima LW. Granted it is not cheap but i purchased it when it was on sale with lifetime warranty.
although made in taiwan, the quality of the powder coat and the strength of the tubing is outstanding. Besides, should i decide to sell it one day, the brand is reputable and popular so i shouldn't have any trouble with that.

remember, there are deals and steals out there but majority of the time; you get what you pay for.

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