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Curt Roof Mounted Cargo Basket Review

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Review of the Curt Roof Mounted Cargo Basket

Today we'll be taking a look at the Curt Roof Mounted Cargo Basket, part number C18115-117. The Curt Cargo Basket is great for keeping your camping gear, your coolers, your luggage, up above the vehicle, while freeing up more space inside the vehicle for you and your family. This basket has 150 pound carrying capacity. Although, you want to double check with your vehicle's manual to make sure that your roof can withstand that weight, as well as the after market or factory crossbars that they can withstand that weight as well. The cargo basket measures 62 1/2 inches long, by 37 inches wide, by 4 inches tall. With how it sits on our roof rack, it actually sits high enough to where I didn't actually have to remove the antenna of the vehicle that we used today. Also, it doesn't make any contact with our rear hatch at this point, as well. The Curt Cargo Basket also comes with this fairing that you install at the front, and that's going to reduce wind noise and drag while you're driving.

The Cargo Basket itself is very easy to install. We have these rubber coated U-bolts on the bottom here, so it's not going to scratch up your actual roof rack system. They come up through these brackets here and tighten down with these turn knobs. Assembly of the basket is also easy. It comes with two pieces and simply folds together. And just one final note, is that this cargo basket is actually constructed from a durable, power-coated steel construction. Now, to give you a better idea of how this cargo basket measures up to others, we're going to also take a look at the Roller Roof Mounted Cargo Basket, part number 59504, and kind of take a look at the two of them and give you the pros and cons of each. Now, the roller measures about 52 inches long, by 40 1/2 inches wide, by 6 inches deep.

While this has about a good 10 inches on it lengthwise, it does lack as far as width and height. Now the roller basket also comes in one piece. While this one can come in three pieces, you can actually shrink this down so you can use it with other vehicles, or if you don't need as much space up on the roof. Now the roller does offer an extension piece as well to add an additional 18 inches to the actually cargo basket. However, that is sold separately. Now, the next big difference between the two cargo baskets.

The Roller has a carrying capacity of 130 pounds, while this has a carrying capacity of 150 pounds whether it's all the way extended like this or if you need to shorten it as well. And the final difference between the two is going to be the actual price, while the Roller one is slightly cheaper that the Curt one. However, if it was me, I would actually go with the Curt one just because it's a little bit more durable, and has a little bit more space to it, and I can actually shrink it down to a smaller size if I wanted to put it on a different car. Now that we've gone over some of the features of the Cargo Basket, let's go ahead and show you how it installs. Now before you install it onto your vehicle, you want to make sure the crossbars spread is set properly. So, from center to center, you want to either measure it at 15 inches, 22 inches, or where we have it here at 29 inches.

Now when you lift this onto your vehicle, you want to have a second set of hands just to make sure you don't hurt yourself and you get it set properly. Okay. We'll go ahead and lift it up, set it into place where we need it, and we'll make any adjustments as needed. Now, to put these bracket saddles into place, we'll lift up on our Cargo carrier, set them down where we want them, then you snap the other part up, and we'll repeat this for the other three. Now with our feet attached, we're going to go ahead and take our top metal bracket. Put that in place, as well. Then we'll take our U-bolt. Put it underneath, through the holes of our top plate, like so. Then take our tightening knobs and just get those started. And we'll repeat this process for the other feet, as well. With the Cargo basket tightened down, now we'll take our gear, load it up, and strap it down. Hit the road. All right. Now you can use any kind of strap to secure your load on the roof. You can use either the Cargo Net that you see here which also comes from Curt, or you can use your favorite straps or ratchet straps. And there you have it for the Curt Roof Mounted Cargo Basket, part number C18115-117.

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Jason S.

Will this work with round Yakima bars? Thanks.

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