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      Volvo Roof Box Question

      This is my first post - HI!

      Just moved from an '11 XC70 to a '19 XC60. So far, loving it. We take some fairly regular road trips and we're realizing that the loss of interior cargo space is kind of significant (it's fine for a long weekend, but for a week, it's just not going to fit as much as the old wagon did!).

      So we're considering a roof cargo box. Volvo makes a very sleek one (part #32207370) that holds around 15 cubic feed and is roughly 32w x 11h x 88L (all inches). I'm guessing that would be sufficient to hold pretty much all our clothes and then the gear, food, and miscellaneous junk would be in the back end. My dealership has the crossbars in stock and could get the box in a couple days. The box costs around $1300 (comparable to a new Thule Vector series - not available for another month).

      Does anyone have experience with that particular Volvo roof box on any Volvo model (but especially an XC60)? Any problems? Is it reliable, secure, kind of quiet, etc? I can't seem to find any reviews on line or through a search of this forum.

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      Quote Originally Posted by biker30x View Post
      This is my first post - HI!

      Just moved from an '11 XC70 to a '19 XC60. So far, loving it. We take some fairly regular road trips and we're realizing that the loss of interior cargo space is kind of significant (it's fine for a long weekend, but for a week, it's just not going to fit as much as the old wagon did!).

      So we're considering a roof cargo box. Volvo makes a very sleek one (part #32207370) that holds around 15 cubic feed and is roughly 32w x 11h x 88L (all inches). I'm guessing that would be sufficient to hold pretty much all our clothes and then the gear, food, and miscellaneous junk would be in the back end. My dealership has the crossbars in stock and could get the box in a couple days. The box costs around $1300 (comparable to a new Thule Vector series - not available for another month).

      Does anyone have experience with that particular Volvo roof box on any Volvo model (but especially an XC60)? Any problems? Is it reliable, secure, kind of quiet, etc? I can't seem to find any reviews on line or through a search of this forum.

      Thanks,
      I have that roof box. It is handy and quiet. I hardly notice when it is mounted, which is bad because forgetting that it is there can be costly.. It seems reliable and only as secure as a sawzall I suppose. My only complaint is that if you aren't careful in how you pack it is difficult if not impossible to lock. I've had to pull everything out and repack a few times.

      Weekend trips we just throw backpacks and shopping in it on long weekends. I've taken it camping on weekends and it handles a 5 man tent, three foldable chairs, sleeping bags & pads, as well as windbreaks with room to spare. It leaves room in the back for our Golden and a small cooler. (personally I'd put my two 13 year olds up there instead of the camping equipment.)

      It is expensive. But... there really isn't a comparison that I have found outside of the Packline range that is as aesthetically pleasing as the one Volvo offers.

      https://packline-roofbox.com/car-brand/volvo/
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      I purchased my rack at REI, and for the size it's pretty quiet.

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      What a coincidence that you just posted this question yesterday, because I ordered the same roof box from my dealer and am picking it up tomorrow. I was quoted the same price, but my dealer is offering a 10% discount. Don't forget to contact Volvo Customer Care and ask for a rebate form. I just did that and they emailed me one.

      Follow this link and go to the bottom of the page: https://volvo.custhelp.com/app/homeV3

      Thanks "n a m" for your review.
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      Damn that's pricey! What's wrong with a good ol' Yakima SkyBox at ~$500?

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      Quote Originally Posted by biker30x View Post
      This is my first post - HI!

      Just moved from an '11 XC70 to a '19 XC60. So far, loving it. We take some fairly regular road trips and we're realizing that the loss of interior cargo space is kind of significant (it's fine for a long weekend, but for a week, it's just not going to fit as much as the old wagon did!).

      So we're considering a roof cargo box. Volvo makes a very sleek one (part #32207370) that holds around 15 cubic feed and is roughly 32w x 11h x 88L (all inches). I'm guessing that would be sufficient to hold pretty much all our clothes and then the gear, food, and miscellaneous junk would be in the back end. My dealership has the crossbars in stock and could get the box in a couple days. The box costs around $1300 (comparable to a new Thule Vector series - not available for another month).

      Does anyone have experience with that particular Volvo roof box on any Volvo model (but especially an XC60)? Any problems? Is it reliable, secure, kind of quiet, etc? I can't seem to find any reviews on line or through a search of this forum.

      Thanks,
      FYI: Genuine Volvo roof boxes are manufactured by Thule

      Here same roof box , but price $940
      https://www.tascaparts.com/oem-parts...-cars-32207370
      or $960
      https://www.genuinevolvoparts.com/oe...-cars-32207370


      See also the Thule Motion XT Alpine, it has similar dimensions, has the ability to open on both sides
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      While being pricey, you cannot beat https://packasport.com. They are much nicer than anything else you can get. Built in Bend, OR, extraordinarily tough. Can't be beat.

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      Quote Originally Posted by random1 View Post
      Damn that's pricey! What's wrong with a good ol' Yakima SkyBox at ~$500?
      Absolutely nothing. I purchased this one used on Facebook Marketplace for $300 two years ago. The interwebz are full of like-new roofboxes at stupid low prices. I actually like the Yakima boxes design and style better than Thule. I’m sure the OEM Volvo box is nice too.

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      Quote Originally Posted by BigBang View Post

      FYI: Genuine Volvo roof boxes are manufactured by Thule

      Here same roof box , but price $940
      https://www.tascaparts.com/oem-parts...-cars-32207370
      or $960
      https://www.genuinevolvoparts.com/oe...-cars-32207370


      See also the Thule Motion XT Alpine, it has similar dimensions, has the ability to open on both sides
      The Volvo branded box in your link (and the VOR version of it) are manufactured by Autoform/Calix.

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      Quote Originally Posted by nbvolks View Post
      The Volvo branded box in your link (and the VOR version of it) are manufactured by Autoform/Calix.
      Exactly. Calix Nordic Loader : http://calixroofboxes.com/en/product...nordic-loader/

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      Quote Originally Posted by nbvolks View Post
      The Volvo branded box in your link (and the VOR version of it) are manufactured by Autoform/Calix.
      That's possible, my friend has a Volvo S40 MY 2015 and his roof box was manufactured by Thule company
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      Quote Originally Posted by Torsen View Post
      The problem is that there is a difference of 80l, so it's not the same model. Calix Nordic Loader 430l is bigger than Volvo roof box 350l
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      Quote Originally Posted by BigBang View Post
      That's possible, my friend has a Volvo S40 MY 2015 and his roof box was manufactured by Thule company
      Perhaps, but the VOR box I just bought has Calix stamped right in it.

      Quote Originally Posted by BigBang View Post
      The problem is that there is a difference of 80l, so it's not the same model. Calix Nordic Loader 430l is bigger than Volvo roof box 350l
      The Volvo box(es) appear to be a variant of the Nordic Loader. The bottom half looks identical to the box I have. But, the top half of the Volvo box doesn't arch up the same way as the Nordic Loader, and the Volvo version has slight indents on the exterior and has more interior roof reinforcements. All of that would explain the drop in volume.

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      I have had the same Volvo box for a couple years now, on an XC90. It's great, no complaints. A few notes:

      1. As one poster mentioned, there can be an issue with opening the box. While the internal mechanism can surely get blocked by the stuff inside, this has never happened to me. However, I've sometimes over packed the box, which puts a strain on the mechanism, making it harder to open. With time and experience, this issue can be minimized or worked around.
      2. The box is somewhat heavy, but also has an awkward shape. It's quite difficult to lift over your head. On my first attempt, I nearly dropped it on the car. I bought Volvo's garage ceiling-mount lift / storage system, which is great too. Now mounting / unmounting the box is easy without requiring anyone to assist me.
      3. With the aforementioned lift, the roof box is also easy to clean while off the car.

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      UPDATE
      I decided to go with the Volvo box and aero bars. I had a 15% off coupon and ordered it at my dealership parts window. They estimated a week for delivery, it arrived 3 days later. I went in and between me and two service techs, we got it assembled and mounted. So far I've used it on a couple trips. Here's what I've learned. First - it's totally worth it. It gives me the space I need and still looks pretty good on top of the XC60. It's heavy but fairly easy for 2 people to place on the rails. Placement is fairly forgiving as the clamps mount through the bottom after the box has been placed. We just "eyeball" it so it's centered on the car and the clamps will fit over the bars. Tightening is easy, just slide the clamps on and ratchet tight. It's low profile but wide, I bought 5 nylon tote/duffels that fit perfectly as long as I don't over-pack (first time I packed it full and couldn't even close the lid). Snow and rain do get in mostly towards the front and in very small amounts. If there's any chance of precip, I lay rubberized picnic blankets down before I place the bags and wrap them up and everything stays perfectly dry. All in all, it's very easy to use and more than makes up for the space I lost trading in my XC70.

      Even in windy conditions, the XC60 handles pretty normally with the box mounted and my mileage didn't really change much over a 4 hour drive. It is a little bit noisier (actually about the same once the crossbars are mounted whether or not the box is on) and that's reduced when the roof sunshade is closed. Not really any worse than my old XC70 with its raised rails. The noise is just wind, there's no rattling at all. Checking it when I stopped for gas and at my destination found it was still snug and tight - we quit watching the mounting clamps through the sunroof after the first 20 minutes or so of the first trip.

      It's big and my garage ceiling is too low for the lift mount so for a couple weeks it sat in the garage with the XC60 in the driveway. I finally mounted it vertically on the wall. I mounted low profile hooks and metal pipe across. To put it on the pipes we clamp the rear clamps closed around a shorter pipe that serves as a handle. The front clamps are wide open and we set them on the upper pipe. Then we slide out the shorter handle pipe at the bottom/rear clamps and slide a longer pipe through the bottom wall hooks and the closed rear clamps so the weight is fairly evenly distributed. It's been stored like this (empty, the rails are just on a shelf) for several months securely and out of the way. I'd rather store it flat, but I do not have the space and have seen several other boxes stored like this. It appears fine stored this way.

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      Quote Originally Posted by biker30x View Post
      UPDATE... Snow and rain do get in mostly towards the front and in very small amounts.
      This is surprising for a $1000 cargo box. I've had a few Thule boxes and never any water intrusion - we live in the Pacific Northwest and regularly have the box in rain and snow.

      If the box allows water to enter the cargo area when fully closed at highway speeds, that would be a non-starter.

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