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Height Added to Rooftop With Thule Roof Cargo Basket

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Im interested in getting the 69 inch Thule Roof Cargo Basket for my 2019 VW Atlas. TH859XT-8591XT I wanted to make sure however that it didnt add too much to the height of the car as my work garage has low ceilings - only 78. How many inches will it add to my car? I have aftermarket crossbars, and based on a quick measurement, I have about 6 inches between the crossbars and the garage ceiling. Thanks in advance for your help!

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The Thule Roof Cargo Basket # TH859XT-8591XT is going to add 8 inches to the top of your vehicle - in your case a 2019 VW Atlas - so it would be a little too close for comfort with your low garage. This is actually really low for a rooftop cargo basket and we do have a potential solution, though it isn't a traditional rooftop cargo basket because the sides of those are going to be too tall to work for your application.

Instead, the best option is going to be a platform, the Inno Roof Deck Platform Rack for Crossbars # INA520 which is only going to add three inches of height above your crossbars.

With this you can secure your gear with Cinch Straps # IN718 (19') or # IN717 (13').

I have added links to video reviews I highly recommend checking out of the Inno Roof Deck Platform Rack for Crossbars # INA520.

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Kyle S

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Thanks Kyle. I'm looking for something a bit longer - at least 70" but less than 80". Do you have a platform rack like that that will fit my Atlas?

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There is one option that has the exact dimensions you are looking for and will fit aftermarket crossbars on your 2019 Volkswagen Atlas, the Yakima LockNLoad Platform Rack for Crossbars - Aluminum - 76" Long x 65" Wide # Y05046-39.

The platform is 76 inches long and will be less than 6 inches so it will fit in the space you have in your garage. This is a premium option though and unless you really want to use the rack's plethora of accessories which are designed for it you would be better off going with the less expensive Thulu Roof Cargo Basket # TH859XT-8591XT and removing it before going in your garage, or going with the Inno Roof Deck Platform Rack # INA520.

While I can certainly understand these aren't the absolute ideal options, they are going to be the two best depending on if you value the amount of length/space on your carrier or on being able to keep it on you Atlas at all times.

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