|Item Weight||39.7 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||55 x 15 x 35 inches|
|Item model number||59004|
|Manufacturer Part Number||59004|
|OEM Part Number||59004|
ROLA 59004 Airfoil LG Black Roof Top Cargo Box
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- It is 12 cubic feet transports luggage of all sizes, 14 inch wide opening allows suitcases to easily fit inside
- Neutral airfoil design eliminates turbulence creating a quiet and stable ride
- Vortex generators allow the air to flow smoothly under the cargo box
- It has contoured bottom which allows rear vehicle hatches to open freely
- Manufactured from ABS material with UV inhibitors to prevent fading
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The Airfoil LG Cargo Box is designed for the convenience of loading and transporting luggage. This cargo box offers an extra wide opening for large suitcases to fit directly inside this rainproof carrier.
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I tried a rear loading Thule first on my CR-V and it was a total pain to deal with since accessing the box was quite a challenge from the sides. There's not much step-up area on the CR-V rear bumper to get to the box (unless you have a hitch and step there).
The Rola box is side loading and trust me. on the CR-V, you open the rear door of your CR-V and step up on the rear seat (either up or folded down) and you can reach into the box just fine as well as loading it the same way.
I decided to return the Thule and try the Rola, a brand I honestly was not familiar with, but, ventured to give a try.
The box arrived in a very strong carton and was well protected and wrapped in a plastic bag. Not a scratch.
Upon pulling out the Rola, and inspecting it's build and hardware quality, I was totally impressed. The box is strong, well made and not flimsy at all and it has a very nice and classy semi-gloss finish on it too. The low profile of this box leaves less frontal area to cause wind/air drag at speed. It's shape is very streamlined.
The hardware supplied is beefy and it should most definitely hold up very well over years of use.
What really impressed me is the locking system. It uses a long aluminum bar connected through the key linkage system which accesses three locks/lugs along the locking/key side (passenger) of the box.
Yes, -three- points are fully locked and secured on this box. Many of the popular other makes do not offer this feature. Nice!
All three locks must have the lid fully closed to allow the key to lock the box and be removed. That's a no-brainer type of lock system and you know the lid is fully latched when you lock it and remove the key. No guessing.
I did find the key was difficult to latch as received. Applying some spray silicone lube to the aluminum shaft, lugs and key area completely fixed that and it locked very easily thereafter.
Also a nice small feature is that unlike Thule who gives you adhesive discs to cover the mounting holes not used, Rola goes well beyond that and gives you tough snap in plastic plugs instead. they are mushroom shaped and using a small dowel and tapping on top of them gently with a small hammer, they pop right in place and hold extremely tight. No water will come up through them for sure!
The mounting systems uses beefy manually placed brackets that screw on and secure from inside the box using the holes spacing that matches your cross-bar distance.
Easy to do and it did not take long to have the box in place. (once you have the mounting holes and crossbar locations all set, that's when you pop in the plugs into the un-used holes).
To note, the box comes with two internal nylon latching straps if you need it to secure things from sliding. We did not use them nor need them. Also a nice part of the design. the base has deep pockets in places should any water get in. Thus, a small amount of water will simply seek the recesses of the box and most likely, your contents will stay very dry!
The box has a tough rubber latch up front as well to add a bit more peace of mind. (three latches though prevents any chance of the lid flying up at speed.
Now about the 6 hour trip we made using the box for the first time. No issues at all. No noise from wind, no rattle, looked at it through my moonroof at 75 mph and it was rock steady. No shake, rattle or roll!
We drove in a very heavy T-Storm and rain the last two hours of our trip back. A tiny amount of water got in at one corner on the hinged side of the box. Tiny meaning maybe 1 ounce worth, barely a dribble and it was my fault. a piece of thin fabric from my contents was pinched in the lip area on the hinge side of the box where it should have sealed.This created a tiny gap for water entry.
The water collected in one of the recessed areas on the box base!
Had I noticed this at loading, no water would have come into the box at all. Lesson learned and now I double-check to be sure the lid area and base seal are free of anything all the way around before I close the lid and lock it down.
I am giving this 5 stars because it is in fact a sleeper of a box that many of use are not familiar with for this make and model and it is an exceptionally well made and dependable cargo box.
It also fits the CR-V absolutely perfectly and utilizes the maximum length for that make and model. (I have the stock/OEM CR-V bars)
Very, very happy with my purchase and frankly, I'd consider buying Rola again as well as recommending it to others due to it's features, quality of build and a very fair and competitive price for what you get versus the competition.
Car: Subaru crosstrek with OEM rails/crossbars
Utilization: The box held everything that I expected it to. We stuffed a 3'x3' pack-n-play, tub, diapers, clothes, and cleaning supplies with more room to spare.
Rain: It all stayed nice and dry even though it endured 60+mph encounters with heavy rain. The first day I did notice a small amount of water buildup in the front due to improper packing which lifted the front a bit... but there's a significant basin in the front to catch a decent amount of water so no worries. Not bad for 7 hours in heavy rain.
On the way back we drove though very heavy rain that gave about 30' or less of visibility, proper packing lead to a completely dry interior.
Packing: The interior does have a slant as it goes forward. The arms causes some issues as they can be blocked causing the lid to not close. Otherwise, fits items just fine once limitations realized.
The bottom was very rigid and didn't sag with items inside the box.
Side wind: No significant impact at highway speeds.
With traffic: 1-3mpg loss
Without traffic at 70mph (Texas and straights without hills on cruise): 5-8mpg loss.
Think about what you hear on an airplane and decrease the volume a bit. You can easily talk over it but it's noticeable. The noise stars up around 40mph. I forgot all about the noise quickly since it's so constant.
No lifting or down force noticed. I was able to drive my subaru just fine and didn't give control a second thought.
Easily mounted by myself in bout 30 minutes (I made sure it was centered). 0 problems figuring things out. The weight is not that bad for me but others may need a 2-person team to get it on top due more to size.
3-point internal latch on side with front tie down. Keyed entry. The key can't be removed while the lid is open, a good feature in my opinion to remind the driver the top is open. Rivets hold latches onto plastic so it's not any safer than any other box out there.
Freight. The pallet weighed more than the box!
Would I recommend:
Yes! Good price and construction. Worked wonders for my 14 day road trip. The decals will likely fall off at some point, but it didn't yet for 4000 miles.