I choose to maximize the capacity of my VW. Click the submenu items to for more details. Here’s a summary:
TorkLift EcoHitch – (completed on 3/25/17) – I’ve always been one to put my car to work. I refuse to buy a pickup truck. I have a small utility trailer that gets a lot of use; plus, I have a cargo tray that plugs into a hitch receiver. It’s great for carrying dirty items that I don’t want inside the car. It’s nice to be able to run stuff to the dump or carry bicycles outside of the car without resorting to noisy roof racks. See this entry for details.
Carry-On 3.5x5LSHS – (Purchased in 2015) – I like small trailers and opted for a 3.5×5-foot trailer with 16-inch tall mesh sides. My wife immediately called it a “baby trailer.” It’s great for taking stuff to the dump or transporting dirty items that I don’t want inside my car. It’s like having a part-time pickup truck that gets 30+ mpg. It’s a good trailer right off the lot, but I made substantial modifications to make the trailer even better. See this page for details.
Rhino Rack Vortex 2500 RS – (Purchased on 8/28/17) – I prefer to keep all cargo out of the passenger compartment when I travel (seats down with a bicycle inside being the exception). Family trips drove a need for external cargo capacity. I wanted a rack with black, flush, contoured crossbars for improved aerodynamics, which would help fuel economy and noise control. My main goal with regards to crossbar placement was to ensure that my cargo box would be able to swap directly between the car top and the trailer without adjustment. See this page for more information about my choice of rack.
Yakima ShowCase 15 – (Purchased on 8/23/27) – I’ve been on many road trips over the years. I’ve come to dislike having baggage or cargo in the passenger compartment. I decided it was time to try a cargo box. Oddly enough, I purchased my cargo box before my roof rack. I took this unusual path because my first need for a cargo box was for a road trip to Ikea, a 300-mile round trip with my trailer, which has a cargo rack. I knew I’d eventually want a box for packed trips into cities with limited space for parking my trailer. See this page for more info about my very first cargo box.