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Farqui

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We're off to Belgium again in a few months but will be travelling 4 up this time and will need more luggage space.

Previously it's usually just the mrs and I that go 'on tour' and we simply use the back seat as overflow of stuff that won't fit in the boot.

I already have roof bars which are 920mm wide, 700mm center to center, with a 60 x 30mm semi aero bar profile.

I'm tempted by either of these from Hapro; 

Traxer 6.6, left/right opener, 5yr guarantee, longer/narrow/lower profile - https://www.roofbox.co.uk/scripts/rbvehsel4_tab.php?HP25908

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Roady 4000, left opener, 3yr guarantee, shorter/wider - https://www.roofbox.co.uk/scripts/rbvehsel4_tab.php?HP31560

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Both have quick fittings which appeals as I aim to use a bike carrier on the bars more often, so will swap carrier/box back and forth.  I did wonder about a really long and narrow box so I could fit both on the rack at once, but I'm not sure I'll use them both together.  I'm currently thinking of getting a fairly wide box for a good capacity boost as the boot is a mere 280 liters.

To simplify loading/unloading with a luggage set - I know Rob was planning on getting some and I thought there were a practical option back then;

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Box storage isn't a problem as I've space in the garage to hang from the rafters and maybe even use it for storing bits/bobs.

The lighter boxes appear to be cheaper and less robust, so I'm looking for something that's a good all rounder and not too pricey.

Do you have any thoughts or experience of boxes, fitting systems, storage, usage, etc? 

Or maybe I should just get the 'luggage' and hire a box when we need it?

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No feedback? :huh:

Since asking around several folks have offered to loan me their boxes, after which we'll then have a better understanding if we should buy our own.

Looking at vehicle and box heights, I doubt we'll be under the 1.85m height limit for standard carriages on the Eurotunnel.  Has anyone found the high carriages any worse, less frequent than std carriages?  From what I can find a train has a mix of carriages but I've only ever seen/used the std carriages.  Do Eurotunnel load high vehicles before or after std height vehicles?

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I've only got experience of Volvo boxes which are rebadged Thule ones. One of these in fact. All I know is that it's strong, secure and an absolute godsend on family holidays. Would you believe we picked up the box and a pair of Thule Wing Bars off eBay for 50 quid? :biggrin: The guy had hardly used them and was just having a clearout.

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I've only got experience of Volvo boxes which are rebadged Thule ones. One of these in fact. All I know is that it's strong, secure and an absolute godsend on family holidays. Would you believe we picked up the box and a pair of Thule Wing Bars off eBay for 50 quid?  The guy had hardly used them and was just having a clearout.


Wow what a find, you did snag yourself a bargain.

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Drove from Sheffield to Rayleigh in Essex to pick it up. I think it was even the next day in case he changed his mind.

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