Maybe you have a smaller vehicle, and not so much cargo space. But you are an avid outdoors person who enjoys, biking, skiing and maybe kayaking. So what to do? A great option is installing a car rack on your vehicle. These racks carry extra luggage, skis and bikes. It is a great space saver.
First thing to consider is the type of rack. There are many types and brands. Are you carrying just bikes or maybe skis too? Or maybe you want one that can carry various things depending on what you are doing. Do you go with a factory rack or buy one out of a store? Factory racks are the simplest. You can go to your car dealer and they can find the exact one for your make and model. It pretty much makes the installation cake. Or if you decide to go to a store it may be cheaper, but you will have to figure out most of the installation yourself.
Choosing a rack is the next biggest issue. There are four types of racks. I am going to go through each one.
- Roof Racks: These racks can carry the biggest variety of equipment. They can hold luggage, bikes, skis or other things.
- Strap Rack: This rack attaches to your car and is removable. You only use it when you need it. The downside to strap racks is they can only carry bikes and are limited to only 3 at a time.
- Hitch Rack: This is an easy rack. If you have a hitch, just attach it. You can get different racks for different size hitches so you can pretty much carry whatever you want.
- Truck Rack: Don’t worry, truck drivers, we did not forget about you! Trucks racks are put into place on the tailgate or side rail. They are mainly used for bikes.
This is just some interesting information about car racks if you are in the market for a car rack. Above you will also find a video telling more tips about installing car racks.