Ready to hit the road and need some extra space in your vehicle? Introducing the Pelican rooftop cargo carrier, designed to secure cargo boxes to bring along all your important gear and belongings. From hunting and sporting equipment to suitcases, sleeping bags and pet beds, a cargo carrier can give you and your passengers some extra elbow room for a more comfortable ride.
But before you stash all your gear up top, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, learn how to pack a rooftop cargo carrier properly so you can travel safely, keep items from getting damaged and retrieve items quicker once you arrive at your destination.
Distribute Heavier Items Correctly
Before we dive into how to pack a rooftop cargo carrier, let’s talk about weight distribution. Even with the hardiest and toughest roof storage box, you don’t want to overload it on top of your car. So, first, determine your car’s weight limit and the storage box’s weight limit. While the weight limits are usually pretty high, it’s a good idea to know it regardless. You can typically find your gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) on the driver-side door sill or the manual. For the cargo carrier, it should be in the instructions or manual also.Now, before you load up the carrier itself, place heavier items in the vehicle, whether it’s a truck bed or the trunk of a car. Keeping heavier items closer to the ground is safer and ensures your vehicle is not top-heavy. Be mindful of your weight distribution, both inside and outside of your car. For example, weighing your cargo carrier down on one side can cause items inside to be crushed or slide around too much. A good rule of thumb is to secure heavier items towards the middle or split the difference with some heavy items to each side.