I've got a 2010 4 cyclinder chevy equinox which also has a uhaul 1.25" hitch (and a 1.25 to 2" converter).. I currently do have a allen premium 5 bike rack on the back.. the equinox i have has a roof rack as well..
I've been trying to narrow down the best way to transport 5 sets of skis (and poles).. Particularly with one set of skis being currently 180cm, i'd say i'd want to at least hit this ability to haul if not maybe 185cm.
I started by looking at those cargo boxes for on the roof..
My biggest concern with those was 1) cost and 2) mpg hits as a result of using them (and / or noise)..
From what I could see, the best option I had found with the least impact cargo box wise, may have been either the Thule 625 Force XL or maybe the Yakima Skybox 16 carbonite (the cargo rocketbox version says 180cm but it doesnt fit them), both ring in at nearly $500 new (and i dont see alot on craigslist)...
Universal Roof racks (bare/exposed)..
Then i figured maybe the universal roof racks would be a good option, though everything is exposed, and i dont think poles can go up here (so poles would likely be on the floor in the back or on the side by the doors if they fit ok)..
So i had found the Thule Universal with locks, particularly the 91726.. it appears to be a good bet and $249 (assuming the 180cm ski doesnt protrude too far over either the front or rear to cause an issue in front or with the gate in back?)
Bike rack mounts:
Lastly i looked into these and my first thought was transporting a 180cm ski vertically could be awkward.. but in looking, it appears the only option was a Thule variety and it required a thule bike rack (none of which were 5 bike).. so I assumed there are no universal options here?
Curious thoughts on these.. any mpg hit on the bare open universal roof rack types.. guessing minimal..maybe the mpg is non existent with suv's such as mine..
Thanks in advance..