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Will the Thule Force Alpine/XT Cargo Box Fit on my 2012 Ford Expedition

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Will the Thule Alpine or Force XT carbo box fit on top of my 2012 ford expedition. Also will I need additional mounting hooks or whatever I have the factory bars. Im looking for a carrier for my skis. Thank you

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Yes, both the Thule Pulse Alpine Rooftop Cargo Box # TH613 and the Thule Force XT Rooftop Cargo Box # TH6358B will fit on your 2012 Ford Expedition. Thule has confirmed that the mounting hardware for these boxes will fit well on the Expedition's crossbars. You won't need additional mounting hooks or brackets to install these boxes on your vehicle.

You mentioned that you already have factory bars. If they are the crossbars, then you are ready to go. Just remember that your roof has a weight capacity that you can find in your user's manual. The weight that you will be putting on your roof is the cargo box weight plus your cargo weight.

If they are just the rails that run from front to back, then you will need to get some crossbars as well. The Thule AeroBlade Edge Aero Bar Roof Rack # TH7502B-TH7502B is a confirmed fit for your Expedition. I also recommend getting the Thule One-Key System Lock Cylinders # TH450400. These will provide that extra security and piece of mind and the cores are interchangeable between other Thule One-Key System products.

Keep in mind, a cargo box may interfere with fully opening your Expedition's rear hatch. For the Pulse Alpine # TH613, 55-1/4 inches of clearance is needed from the center of the crossbar to the hatch seam. For the Force XT # TH6358B, you will need 51-1/8 inches of clearance.

Another option for you to carry your skis is the Thule SnowPack Extender Ski and Snowboard Carrier # TH7325. This is a great option if you are looking for a ski carrier only. The Thule Ski Carrier features oversize push-button releases so that you can get your gear without having to remove your gloves. If you think you will have a hard time installing these products to your roof because of the height we do sell a Camco Step Stool # CAM43676 that can assist you.

I will link some demonstration videos of these products for you as well.

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