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Customer Rating: 3.5 of 5
ACK was great, no problem, fast delivery.
Their price is very
competitive. That said, the box doesn't
seem like a lot for the
money. Because it's made for any type of
rack, the clamps
are much larger than needed, and do take
space. It's difficult to attach because you
have to do it all from
passenger side, even the clamps on the
driver side. The top
is so floppy, it's easy to latch it and
have only the rear latch
engaged, as I found out when it opened on
the freeway first
time I used it. But all things considered
it basically does the
Purchased after comparing to Thule and Aero. 15cf
was roomier (and cheaper) than the Honda OEM 13cf
model and not as long as some other 18-21 cf
models which are more than I need.
The side opening was more suitable for me since my
CRV has little to no bumper on which to stand and
also since my tailgate swings upwards. As a
result do note that all loading must be done from
the passenger side. (There are also some dual
side opening units which I probably should have
research and considered.) Rear opening units can
probably still be accessed from either side albeit
through slightly smaller openings.
Initial install/adjusting took maybe 30-min by
myself (with a helper it probably would have taken
only 15-min). Subsequent on&off now take 5-min.
I found that placing a piece of tape to visually
mark the center of my car's crossbars helps with
These and most all other carriers are plastic
these days, which helps save weight (and cost).
But once properly secured onto the cross bars and
locked, it did feel relatively secure with none of
that wobble that one feels while loading.
There is a little added wind noise but not at all
noticeable with windows closed. BTW, on the Honda
CRV you can still tilt sunroof but you CANNOT open
sunroof since carrier fasteners are in the path of
the sunroof. Highway driving in rain one day and
inside stayed dry. Gas mileage did not seem to be
impacted significantly if at all. (Hard to tell
since I normally vary between 27-30 hwy even
without the carrier.)
1-star was detracted from my rating because the
mount/adjusting mechanisms did seem to take up a
fair amount of the inside space. They also
protrude up which gets in the way of sliding cargo
across the inside while loading and/or with the
ability to carry larger footprint items. Some
additional indents/recesses in the design might
have enabled these to be eliminated thus providing
more streamline and usable space. My review, my
After reading many reiews my biggest initial
concern with buying this unit (or any other Cargo
Box via mailorder) was on-time deliver. ACK
communications, delivery, and pricing were all as
It's a keeper and ACK will be a preferred vendor
for me in the future.