I never really considered a roof rack due to the size and weight. A few friends and I decided to take the family on a long 100 mile plus run from Calico Ca. to Stateline Nevada and I knew that storage was going to be an issue and I had to work fast and get one built within 4 days. We needed to take stuff "luggage" with us for 4 people where we would be staying in a hotel, extra fuel, spare tire, tools, fuel etc, overnight at Stateline. There was no way to fit any of that stuff in the car. After taking this trip with the roof rack I must say that it was so nice to be able to carry all my crap and still had more than half the roof rack's space to spare.