2020 Forester Sport CVT
We were torn about roof racks and what to do and ended up getting a Haulmaster basket from Harbor Freight. With coupons and a sale we picked it up for less than $75. From what we read the biggest negative was possible rusting. We ended up spraying about 4 coats of spray can truck bed liner. We remove the basket when we don't need to use it. Of course, that huge Haulmaster sticker had to go. LOL. We added a couple of Quick Fist mounts for our shovel using stainless conduit hangers (work great) and have now added a couple of Plano Sportsman Trunks (56 Qt.) that we sealed using auto/marine weather stripping from Home depot that fit in the channel of the lid. 2 ft. bungees hold them in place just right but we had to play around with how to hook them so we could access the latches while mounted. We did add one strap across the top of both totes for added insurance. We used a "waterproof" bag in the front of the basket for odd shaped stuff, but have since purchased the medium size Plano trunk (68 qt.) to fit in the front section. (pics to follow) We've driven through some hard rain and everything stayed dry. The totes make it easy to access and organize equipment while leaving the totes mounted to the basket. We have a "helper" step that hooks into the door catch to help step up to the top. The totes are great for wet and dirty stuff and things we don't use daily when on a trip. We also purchased a 15 cubic ft. cargo bag that fits the basket great. We've used that for when we have excess luggage and traveling with 3 or more in the Forester and not camping. The bag worked great and did not leak in a driving rain. We prefer the totes for camping as they can be better organized and are easier to access. thoughts and suggestions are welcome.
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