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Old November 30th, 2019, 22:51   #16
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Update: just came back with a camping trip to Big Bend National Park. Worked well. No issues except that in a couple of situations the rack hit the ground. It is a similar situation when carrying four bikes in terms of hitting the bottom. I would say that the total weight was not more than 130 lbs (including the hitch carrier which weights around 27 lbs).









Going Westbound on I-10 I averaged 35.7 MPG driving mostly 85 MPH (speed limit is 80 MPH West of San Antonio). Coming back, going 80 to 75 MPH I averaged 38 MPG. Four passengers and the Passat is fully loaded! Not bad in my book :-)
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Old December 2nd, 2019, 07:23   #17
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I would have picked up a pair of magnetic trailer lights and strap them to the back of the carrier.
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Old December 2nd, 2019, 07:56   #18
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Sits about how my rack sits. It's useful. Ive thought about adding a roof rack.
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Old December 2nd, 2019, 17:26   #19
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I would have picked up a pair of magnetic trailer lights and strap them to the back of the carrier.
Thanks for the suggestion.

In general terms this solution is more optimized to me than having a higher center of gravity + noise with the roof rack. Also mileage wise I estimate I am coming ahead. I had the roof rack on my previous TDI, a 2002 Golf, and on the same route/speeds the efficiency went down more considerably with the roof rack.

Certainly there are down sides with this option too, no doubt.
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Old December 3rd, 2019, 05:38   #20
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Too bad that engineers cannot "cantilever" the hitch connections, so the leverage point is behind the front seats, so the leverage would "lift" the car in the middle.

Then a heavier "Swing Away" cargo carrier could be attached. I bought a used "Swing Away" for $50 (could not resist a $700 item for $50), but it has a 2 inch insert, so I had to used my adapter, which extended it rearward a bit. It works OK, but sits too low for the VW wagon, but works well on other vehicles, and is nice at the beach, as you can swing it out of the way to access the hatch/trunk.

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https://www.amazon.com/ROLA-59109-Ad...5376666&sr=8-1
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Thanks for the suggestion.

In general terms this solution is more optimized to me than having a higher center of gravity + noise with the roof rack. Also mileage wise I estimate I am coming ahead. I had the roof rack on my previous TDI, a 2002 Golf, and on the same route/speeds the efficiency went down more considerably with the roof rack.

Certainly there are down sides with this option too, no doubt.
I was talking about the the tail lights being completely blocked by the luggage box.
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I want a roof rack so on road trips i dont need to drive my excursion. Between a roof rack, hitch rack and trunk i don't care if i only get 30 mph. Its double my powerstroke.
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