Roof-Mounted Cargo Basket for 2014 Chevrolet Suburban with Factory Roof Rack Crossbars

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I was so impressed with the information I was given by Adam R. about snow chains I asked about for our 2014 Suburban which I plan on purchasing from Etrailer I just new this is the company I will use for all my vehicle needs in the future. So my next question for my Suburban is, Im looking for a roof basket. I would like the largest that will fit our 2014 Suburban, I really like the look and price of the Rola but it is not big enough for our needs. If this happens to be Adam again you know about our trip from Texas to Alaska. So, as much as I would like to pay a low price for a basket, I need one tha is going to stand up to a 4000 mile drive, be able to keep a load secure, make as least noise as possible and is not going to break the bank. But the first 3 needs are the most important. One last question, I do have a factory roof rack with 2 cross bars, please let me know if i will need a 3rd for a larger basket and if you sell them for the Suburban. Thank you again Etrailer.

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Thank you for your kind remarks. If you're new to etrailer you're finding out that service and support are what etrailer is all about. I am lucky to have been trained by many great associates here and I am delighted to help out.

Rooftop cargo solutions come in several categories, fabric bags, enclosed plastic cargo boxes and, of course, open metal baskets like the Yakima LoadWarrior # Y07070-74, Surco Safari # SPS5084-1101 and the Rola # 59504. I realize I don't know the exact weight and shape of the cargo you need to transport, but I wanted to mention these other types of carriers because in some instances one of these other types may better suit your cargo. Rightline offers fully waterproof cargo bags like their Sport 3 XL # RL100S30 that provides 18-cubic feet of capacity and which weighs only about 10-lbs, unlike metal and plastic carriers that can weigh upwards of 40-to-50-lbs. This can be important depending on your cargo weight.

Your first step is a check of your owner's manual to confirm the Suburban's roof weight capacity, which cannot be exceeded. Keep in mind that the weight of the cargo carrier you choose counts against the roof weight capacity. So, let's say for example that your roof can handle 120-lbs according to the manual. If you were using a basket which weighs about 40-lbs, your actual cargo capacity drops to 80-lbs after accounting for the weight of the carrier. The linked article will give you additional information to help you decide what type of carrier will best suit your needs.

Metal cargo baskets come in a variety of sizes - all are rectangular but their dimensions can vary considerably. For example, Rhino-Rack offers the 21-lb # RLBN-S280 which measures a long and narrow 83- x 14-inches. A 22-inch-wide 28-lb model is also available, part # RLBH-S280. I mention these in case you're looking to transport skis or other long items. An excellent very large cargo basket that I can recommend is the Yakima MegaWarrior Extra Large Roof Rack Cargo Basket and Extension # Y07080-82 that measures 74- x 48-inches. This 52-lb basket will fit your crossbars as long as they are between 36- and 60-inches apart. This large basket can be used without having to add another roof crossbar. It is also available without the extension as # Y07080, which measures 52- x 48-inches, and that fits crossbar spreads between 30- and 38-inches.

Since I do not know your actual target budget for the carrier I have provided a link to all cargo baskets that will fit your factory crossbars so you can evaluate sizes versus costs. Keep in mind that baskets will have specific requirements for the crossbar spread; take a measure of your two crossbars' spread (measured center to center) and keep this in mind as you review our offerings.

When it comes to wind noise at highway speeds there really is no "quiet" cargo basket. All will generate noise, and while some may be slightly quieter than others when they are empty, once filled with cargo they will generate noise mostly from your actual cargo itself. The nature of your cargo items and the manner in which you load and secure them will have more to do with the noise level than the basket itself.

Often our customers that choose rooftop cargo solutions also select a tire step. For example, the Topline # TH2100 is a fully-assembled step that simply slips over a rear tire to give you a height advantage for loading and unloading cargo. It has a 400-lb weight capacity and folds up for storage in the vehicle.

You may also want to consider some cargo tie downs. We offer a whole range of such items like the cost-effective Erickson # EM31352, which is a 4-piece set. We also offer simple bungees like # 3044DAT from Master Lock.

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