We have taken another step towards getting our 2015 Transit Connect expedition-ready. Over the weekend we added a cargo box to the roof of the van. While there is definitely a lot of space on the roof of the van currently – we want to have room for surfboards and a solar panel. Therefore, we actually decided to go with a smaller Thule Sidekick.
The Thule Sidekick is 25″ wide and 54″ long – meaning that it takes up almost exactly a quarter of the roof space. We primarily intend to use the cargo box to store wetsuits, free diving fins and masks, and other miscellaneous outside gear. (A friend of ours suggested storing wetsuits outside the van as they can develop a pretty funky smell…) The Thule Cargo box comes with pre-drilled holes and “U-bolts” to attach to almost any rack. Unfortunately the pre-drilled holes did not quite fit our Prime Design Alurack, so we drilled a couple additional holes into the base of the box to fit our rack configuration. Other than that, assembly and installation was very easy and took less than an hour.