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Thule Roof Basket Review - 2009 Ford Escape

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Review of the Thule Roof Basket on a 2009 Ford Escape

Today on our 2009 Ford Escape, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Canyon XT rooftop cargo basket, part number TH859XT. This cargo basket measures 49 in long by 40 in wide by 6 in tall. It has a carrying capacity of 150 lbs, although you want to double check with your vehicle's manual to make sure that your roof can withstand that kind of weight. It does come with the fairing installed on it, and this does have a nice aerodynamic shape to it as well, and both of those will cut down the wind noise and drag while you're driving. We have it in the shortened version now, but if you look on, there is a center piece you can put in here to actually extend it out, which is sold separately. Let's go ahead and show you how the last one goes on. First off though, I would like to point out that as it sits right now, we're not going to have any clearance issues between the hatch itself and the cargo basket.

How this installs around your crossbars here, very easy to install. What you do is you take the appropriate sized u-bolt here, which it comes with 3 different sizes so it can accommodate for the arrow bars that you see here as well as square, round, and elliptical, and even some factory crossbars. You wrap it around the bar like so, push it into place and making sure those washers are on top with the plate, then just start tightening them down. Some of the uses for this cargo basket. You can use this for luggage, sporting goods equipment, camping equipment, things that are damp you want to keep out of the vehicle, anything that you can take out and make more space for you and your family as you travel. Our final step is to take this plastic piece here, wrap it around the bracket, push it into place, and then turn the lock. You can remove these plastic locks and put in Thule keyed locks so you can actually secure this to your roof rack once it's installed.

I would also like to point out that this is adjustable along the bars here by loosening up the two bolts in the center here. There you have it for the Thule Canyon XT rooftop cargo basket, part number TH859XT, on our 2009 Ford Escape.

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