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Subject Topic: Do you remove your roof box at campsite?
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Message posted by Obzi01/2/2014 at 8:34pm
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I always take mine off for a few reasons.

Like some above I have Thule roof bars which are brilliant, I leave them still attached and take the entire thing off within a minute, it's so easy.

I also have a Outwell Vermont XL with it's massive porch area, it has loads of space for my roof box and still enough for my Kayak.

The main reason I take it off is I have an X5 which is very high, add on top of that the roof box and I've had problems getting into car parks with height bars on the entrance.


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Message posted by 101sal25/2/2014 at 7:24pm
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Always take mine off and stash it out of site behind the tent. Leave the roof bars on though :-) more options for parking with it off.

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Message posted by Steve W 7726/2/2014 at 10:19am
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Quote: Originally posted by Donnod123 on 26/1/2014
Seems I'm a little strange.
I do indeed remove the roof box from the car, it's a multi reason for doing this.
A) I don't have to worry about height restrictions when in an area I don't know ( drive an MPV )
B) saves a bit of fuel
C) I place this outside of the tent, it's fully waterproof and lockable so gives some storage "we can all get at" , all I do is use one or two dog corkscrew ground anchors.

You are not that strange,I always take mine off.

Most car park barriers are 2 metres or less.


Message posted by Frazzle-26/2/2014 at 10:58am
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Had roof box kept it on. But only took 3 trips in the car for a week away. We walked the 40 mins with pushchair over the golf course and sand dunes while the surfers took the car (4 to park).

Message posted by Obzi28/2/2014 at 11:29am
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I really fancy a boatbox which is a really good excuse for taking it off, my current box isn't that old but next time around I'm thinking of getting one.

http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/boatbox-boat-box-roof-box-p216824

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Message posted by het and ben28/2/2014 at 2:06pm
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We always take ours off, leaving roof bars on. I then use the topbox to store kids toys and bbq coals etc. That way they stay dry and out of everyone way. I have never had a problem.

Message posted by moonstone28/2/2014 at 2:18pm
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we always leave ours on, but we have to pay attention to height restrictions when parking up somewhere...

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Message posted by bry9928/3/2015 at 6:08pm
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We always used to leave ours on, but now we have a higher car we will not be able to park in height restricted car parks this year, so we may have to consider taking it off and leaving in tent (we do have the advantage of a quick release system where you turn a wheel and it clamps to roofbars) We also use it for all our empty tent bags as I do like a tidy tent.

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Message posted by lizex28/3/2015 at 6:15pm
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We've taken ours off & put it at the back of the pitch with tent bags etc in it. But this has only been on 2 week trips to France at a site with marked pitches. Not sure I'd risk it in the more random environment of a UK camping field.

Message posted by NuCampers17/4/2015 at 1:44pm
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Possibly wrong thread but thought I'd ask.

We recently bought a roofbox from Motor World in the sale for 10 but it doesn't have keys for the locks and doesn't have the u bolts. So we need to try gets the locks sorted - possibly replace them which I understand you can do and we need replacement u bolts - anyone have an idea where we can pick these up from? Any help most appreciated.

We will be getting the Thule bars and fittings shortly.

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Message posted by Kuppenbender17/4/2015 at 5:08pm
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NuCampers, are there numbers around the front of the locks? If so, these are the code numbers and keys can be ordered for them. Try local locksmiths or ebay.

Halfords sell replacement U bolts, but they're more expensive than your box.

Message posted by NuCampers20/4/2015 at 8:40am
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Quote: Originally posted by Kuppenbender on 17/4/2015
NuCampers, are there numbers around the front of the locks? If so, these are the code numbers and keys can be ordered for them. Try local locksmiths or ebay.

Halfords sell replacement U bolts, but they're more expensive than your box.



Checked at the weekend and no numbers unfortunately. Think we'll try a local locksmith. Cheers.


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Message posted by Stackman26/4/2015 at 11:04am
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I am a remover.

It's a 2 minute job to unscrew the roof bars and then lift the box off and place it behind the tent. It then makes a handy storage space for the bags and covers from the various chairs, tables cupboard etc.

We can then spend the week driving round without looking like tourists and putting up with the wind whistle, fuel penalty and car park anxiety.

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Message posted by Francais26/4/2015 at 11:53am
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I must admit leaving the RoofBox on was a bit of a pain last July for our fortnight at Frejus.

Many of the open air car parks had a 1.8m Height Barrier, even though at 1.97m for the car with RoofBox, we mostly got into the car parks, but there was a couple of underground car parks were I did not want to risk it.

So this year the RoofBox will be comming of when we get to the campsite.

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We've travelled all over France and England and have never thought of taking the roof box off? Only when it comes to parking do we have to watch for height restrictions, but never really a problem. Unless you're travelling thousands of miles, fuel consumption is fairly insignificant.

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