I have a Silverado with a camper shell. I want a ladder rack to carry my long boat and to reduce what needs to be stored in my sleeping quarters how much do they effect mpg
Full disclosure; my first car is a two door civic with a full trunk of stuff.The truck had a work rack installed and when that was removed I instantly got another 4-5 MPG.
Yeah but he's got much nicer rimsI actually have a neat comparison study in play for this situation. My buddy Leif and I both have new Ford F250s with diesels. Same engine, transmission, similar shells and the same tires. I have a shell with Thule racks, and he has the most ridiculous exoskeleton rack known to mankind wrapped around a shell.
With 2 boats on top from Portland to the Gorge and back, I run about 18 mpg, he runs about 16 mpg. That's 5.55 g / 100 miles for me and 6.25 g / 100 miles for him, which is a 12.5% difference in fuel consumption.
Pictures of the two setups:
The trick is to make your roof rack also your raft/cat frame.Well this isn't a truck, but we just did a roadtrip with our wagon to pick up two cat frames. On the way over we got 23.3 mph, and on the way back we got 19.3. I was blown away!
Ha hah! Wait until I put the new cat on TOP of the car. At that point, who cares about mileage!The trick is to make your roof rack also your raft/cat frame.
Save gas dollars on the shuttle.
Got a canopy. Took my kargo master off my truck. Shitty with. Shitty without. Now I wanna get it out of my garage, if anyone around Portland is interested, it fits a full sized shortbed pickupPicked up a really nice KargoMaster Rack for $175 today so stoked.