Currently, our 2020 Touring has a naked roof. We want to be able to carry a large cargo box for road trips, camping, skiing, etc. I think we have settled on wanting to use a Thule Force XT XXL Rooftop Cargo Box - 22 cu ft. It will get swapped back and forth with our Chevy Traverse. Now working our way backward and trying to pick both the rails and crossbars. To me, the horizontal crossbars could be a bit unsightly if left on a van all the time. Debating between OEM
rail and OEM
crossbars and Rhino Rack
. OEM rails and crossbars would run $521. Rhino-Rack would run $687. Thule also sells its own crossbars but they don't show as compatible with the OEM rails. That makes me nervous that maybe the Thule Force XT XXL might not be compatible with OEM rails. I think I read somewhere that someone is using the Rhino-Rack without issue with this cargo box. The Rhino crossbars stick out further than the rails, which to me is a little unsightly to have on a van year-round. If the crossbars were super easy to pop on and off then it may be a non-issue. The OEM crossbars don't look too bad to possibly leave on year-round, but just how easy are they to pop on and off if we don't want to look at them all the time?
Which would you go with and why? Thanks!