Roof Racks Vs. Hitch Racks: Which is Better for You

Roof racks and hitch racks are two fantastic option for transporting large items and extra gear or luggage that won't fit inside of your vehicle. Sometimes your vehicle may only be suited to one type of rack. If, however, you have the option for either one, then you've got a choice to make. Let the experts at Burnaby Hitch help you choose. Here are three questions to ask yourself when trying to decide between a roof rack and a hitch rack.

1. How Much Cargo Do You Need to Transport? 


One of the biggest differences between roof racks and hitch racks is how much and what kind of cargo they are capable of carrying. If you only need to bring along some extra gear for a short trip, then a hitch rack could be a perfect solution for you. However, for a lot of gear and for much larger and bulkier outdoor equipment, you're going to require the versatility of a roof rack. With the right accessories, a roof racks will allow you to safely and securely transport just about anything you want, including cargo baskets, kayaks, snowboards, paddleboards, bicycles, and more.


2. How Accessible to You Need Your Rack to Be?


While roof racks are a great choice for their versatility, they aren't the best option when it comes to accessibility. A hitch rack, on the other hand, is easy to access. If you need something from your hitch rack while on the road, you simply hop out and get it. Plus, keep in mind that with a roof rack you'll need to hoist all of your gear over your head in order to load it. If this might be a challenge for you, then consider a hitch rack instead. It's far less difficult to load and unload a hitch rack.


3. Do You Require Easy Access to Your Trunk or Rear Hatch?


Hitch racks, because of their location at the back of the vehicle, limit access to the trunk or rear hatch. Some hitch racks can be swung or tilted aside, but may still pose a bit of an obstruction. Others cut off access entirely. If you require or prefer easy access to your trunk or rear hatch, than a roof rack will likely be a better option. From its location on the roof of your vehicle, it won't be getting in your way.


Roof Racks and Hitch Racks for All Your Needs at Burnaby Hitch


Once you take careful stock of your needs, the choice between a roof rack and a hitch rack should become clear. But don't worry if you're still unsure. At Burnaby Hitch we've been providing roof racks and hitch racks in Vancouver to people from all walks of life for the past 25 years. We'll be happy to answer any of your questions and help you decide whether a roof rack or a hitch rack is a better option.


The right hitch or roof rack for your next adventure is waiting for you. Just contact or visit Burnaby Hitch today.