FAQs

FAQS

  1. Can I use any of the Thule components I bought from you for my [previous car model] on my [new car model]?  

Make a list of the components you have (find your existing car on our database if you’re not sure) then find your new car on our Roof bars database and make a list of the components you haven’t got. You will then find that you may be able to use your existing Footpack or Roof Bars but you will always need to replace the fitting kit.

2. What is a Thule aerodynamic WingBar

Aerodynamic aluminium bars have a slot in the top of them.  The Thule bars have an aerodynamic oval shape.  Aerobars are smarter than black plastic coated steel bars, and aluminium is more expensive than steel, but aerobars also have important practical advantages – see next FAQ.

3. Are aluminium aerobars worth the extra money?

If you use aerobars you can use the whole length of the bar because there is no danger of the roof bar fixings (the roof bar “feet”) getting in the way of the roof box or carrier fixings.  This may allow you to carry more, e.g. a roof box and bike carriers, or to have more space between e.g. bike carriers.  To maximize this advantage you’ll need to fix things to the aerobars with special adapters that fit into the slots that run the full length of each bar.

  • Aerobars are quieter in use than the cheaper square bars.
  • Aerobars create less drag than the cheaper square bars.
  • Aerobars look smarter than the square bars.

ROOF BOXES

  1. Which is the best size of roof box to fit my Car?

It can be difficult to visualise the different sizes of box on top of the car so to make things easier all boxes are listed as Small, Medium, Large or Extra Large. Small is ideal for the smaller

Hatchback cars but medium is the all round luggage box which is the most popular choice such as the Motion 200 or Touring 200 Roof Box.

Should you need to carry skis or other sporting equipment make sure the box is 195cm long

And these are marked as Sport or Large boxes like the Motion 800 or Touring 780 large.

  1. 2. Can I fit a bike beside my roof box?

In most cases we would recommend you buy the Sport Box such as the Thule Motion 600

Which is 67cm wide. You can the fit one bike carrier beside the box like the Thule ProRide

598 which is 33cm wide.

  1. 3. What is the difference between the Thule Motion and Touring Roof Boxes?

The main difference is that the Motion range of roof boxes take a maximum load capacity

Of 75kg rather than 50kg for the Touring roof box. Experience in our showroom has shown that this is an important consideration in the roof box purchase. The Motion range comes

With the Power-Click mounting system which makes it extremely simple to mount onto the roof bars.

Bike Carriers

  1. Our most popular towbar mounting bike carrier is the Thule Velocompact 927 but should I consider the more expensive Euroclassic G6?

The main difference is that the Euroclassic is designed for the European market and takes the Euro type approval, different lighting and a 13 pin plug connection. In all other respects

The two bike carriers have much the same specification. The Velocompact is a lighter design

And many people find that easier to carry and mount onto the towbar.

  1. How many Bikes can I carry on my roof Bars?

The maximum is 4 although 3 is ideal. We would suggest the Thule ProRide 598 as there is a tool-free interface for switching the carrier from one side of your car to the other. This makes mounting the bikes much easier. Use the Thule WingBars as you can then use the full length of the bar.

Car Boot Liners

  1. Why should I spend more on a Carbox boot liner rather than the cheaper ones that are advertised on the internet?

The Carbox meets the highest quality standards approved by the car manufacturers. The product is robust, long lasting and fits absolutely perfectly. The quality of the material means that the Carbox keeps it form and does not ‘ruffle up’ after a short time unlike some cheaper versions. Carbox does not make a liner for every car so we offer the Cool-Liner that very nearly matches the quality of the Carbox to produce again an exact fit.

  1. Carbox don’t do a high sided boot liner for my car. What is the alternative?

Carbox only produce a tailored high sided Carbox for a few specific cars. The alternative is the Carbox ‘Your Size’ which is a universal Carbox with the option

Of different sizes. Please measure the length and width (at the narrowest point) and call us with your measurements and we will be happy to advice on the correct Carbox ‘Your Size’ for your car.

  1. What does it mean by upper and lower boot in the application guide?

There can be some confusion with regard to the height of the removable shelving that you find in the boot of car. Often you have the choicef two  of different heights which means the boot liner will be a different shape depending on the location in the boot. It is a good idea to check exactly the boot configuration you want the correct liner is ordered!

  1. Can I use any of the Thule components I bought from you for my [previous car model] on my [new car model]?  Make a list of the components you have (find your existing car on our database if you’re not sure) then find your new car on our Roof bars database and make a list of the components you haven’t got. You will then find that you may be able to use your existing Footpack or Roof Bars but you will always need to replace the fitting kit.2. What is a Thule aerodynamic WingBarAerodynamic aluminium bars have a slot in the top of them.  The Thule bars have an aerodynamic oval shape.  Aerobars are smarter than black plastic coated steel bars, and aluminium is more expensive than steel, but aerobars also have important practical advantages – see next FAQ.3. Are aluminium aerobars worth the extra money?
  • If you use aerobars you can use the whole length of the bar because there is no danger of the roof bar fixings (the roof bar “feet”) getting in the way of the roof box or carrier fixings.  This may allow you to carry more, e.g. a roof box and bike carriers, or to have more space between e.g. bike carriers.  To maximize this advantage you’ll need to fix things to the aerobars with special adapters that fit into the slots that run the full length of each bar.
  • Aerobars are quieter in use than the cheaper square bars.
  • Aerobars create less drag than the cheaper square bars.
  • Aerobars look smarter than the square bars.

ROOF BOXES

  1. Which is the best size of roof box to fit my Car?

It can be difficult to visualise the different sizes of box on top of the car so to make things easier all boxes are listed as Small, Medium, Large or Extra Large. Small is ideal for the smaller

Hatchback cars but medium is the all round luggage box which is the most popular choice such as the Motion 200 or Touring 200 Roof Box.

Should you need to carry skis or other sporting equipment make sure the box is 195cm long

And these are marked as Sport or Large boxes like the Motion 800 or Touring 780 large.

  1. 2. Can I fit a bike beside my roof box?

In most cases we would recommend you buy the Sport Box such as the Thule Motion 600

Which is 67cm wide. You can the fit one bike carrier beside the box like the Thule ProRide

598 which is 33cm wide.

  1. 3. What is the difference between the Thule Motion and Touring Roof Boxes?

The main difference is that the Motion range of roof boxes take a maximum load capacity

Of 75kg rather than 50kg for the Touring roof box. Experience in our showroom has shown that this is an important consideration in the roof box purchase. The Motion range comes

With the Power-Click mounting system which makes it extremely simple to mount onto the roof bars.

Bike Carriers

  1. Our most popular towbar mounting bike carrier is the Thule Velocompact 927 but should I consider the more expensive Euroclassic G6?

The main difference is that the Euroclassic is designed for the European market and takes the Euro type approval, different lighting and a 13 pin plug connection. In all other respects

The two bike carriers have much the same specification. The Velocompact is a lighter design

And many people find that easier to carry and mount onto the towbar.

  1. How many Bikes can I carry on my roof Bars?

The maximum is 4 although 3 is ideal. We would suggest the Thule ProRide 598 as there is a tool-free interface for switching the carrier from one side of your car to the other. This makes mounting the bikes much easier. Use the Thule WingBars as you can then use the full length of the bar.

Car Boot Liners

  1. Why should I spend more on a Carbox boot liner rather than the cheaper ones that are advertised on the internet?

The Carbox meets the highest quality standards approved by the car manufacturers. The product is robust, long lasting and fits absolutely perfectly. The quality of the material means that the Carbox keeps it form and does not ‘ruffle up’ after a short time unlike some cheaper versions. Carbox does not make a liner for every car so we offer the Cool-Liner that very nearly matches the quality of the Carbox to produce again an exact fit.

  1. Carbox don’t do a high sided boot liner for my car. What is the alternative?

Carbox only produce a tailored high sided Carbox for a few specific cars. The alternative is the Carbox ‘Your Size’ which is a universal Carbox with the option

Of different sizes. Please measure the length and width (at the narrowest point) and call us with your measurements and we will be happy to advice on the correct Carbox ‘Your Size’ for your car.

  1. What does it mean by upper and lower boot in the application guide?

There can be some confusion with regard to the height of the removable shelving that you find in the boot of car. Often you have the choicef two  of different heights which means the boot liner will be a different shape depending on the location in the boot. It is a good idea to check exactly the boot configuration you want the correct liner is ordered!