2017 Ford Escape: Installing a Roof Box for Extra Storage
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor
I recently took our long-term 2017 Ford Escape on a backpacking trip to the local mountains. I knew ahead of time that space would be limited. Three human passengers, plus a big dog lying across the backseat, meant the cabin would be full. On top of that, we would have three giant internal-frame backpacks and the gear and food required for a weekend of trekking through the woods. More space was needed, so I decided to mount a Thule roof box that we had used previously on a different long-term SUV.
Installing the box was a pretty simple process thanks to the already installed roof rack, with just a few positioning adjustments required. Once the roof box's clamping mechanisms were in place, I tightened the four knobs and it was ready to go.
At freeway speeds, the light plastic box vibrated a little, but it didn't change location relative to the roof rack. As expected, you could hear the wind passing over and under that cargo box, but it wasn't so loud or intrusive that it changed the quality of the drive.
Going up the curving roads of Angeles Crest Highway toward our trailhead destination, the Escape felt great. The steering felt relatively connected on the winding back roads, and ride quality on the way there was good enough to keep the dog happy.
After three days on the trail, we were happy to loop back around and see our ride waiting for us, with the roof rack still attached. It worked especially well as a place to store all our dirty gear from the trip, much like the bed of a pickup truck would function, just higher up and a bit smaller. It was super easy to install, super convenient to have, and I'll definitely be using it again.
Travis Langness, Automotive Editor @ 11,274 miles