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Roof box Advice Sought

I have a 2004 Grande Scenic II. I was wondering do anybody on the group have any advice on Roof boxes. I have to buy the Renault Roof Bars at 170 (Ireland) and then I can get any box I like according to the dealer.

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We bought an RBX4500 from Motor World. The prices of them seemed very reasonable compared with the alternatives, and I think Motor World still have them on sale at the same price. I don't know if they have branches in the ROI though.

I was originally going to go for the smaller box, but it wouldn't fit on the Laguna bars without drilling the bottom of the box. I'm glad I went for the bigger one, as we can easily fill it. It effectively doubles the available load space on the Laguna II hatch.

Having never had another roof box to compare it to, I can't really comment on quality other than to say that the roof bar fastenings seem very substantial, and it's never let a drop of water in while driving, even through some torrential rain. The locking mechanism could be more solid, but is probably sufficient to put off the casual thief.

Though I've seen enough of these things pop open on the motorway not to trust the locking mechanism entirely. I also secure mine with ratchet tie-downs whenever I'm driving, and I would recommend anyone else using a roof box to do the same. In the UK, you can usually find the tie-downs in pound shops for (you guessed it) a quid each, and though the mechanisms on the cheaper ones can seize up after a while when exposed to the elements, at that price you don't object to buying a new set every twelve months.
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Can recommend this lot

Good explanation of the factors and features of roof boxes and a good range.

I bought one of their value kits three years ago, abuse it regularly on the Lag and have had no problems

Mind you, I'd have thought with a Grand Scenic you had all the space you would need!!
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We looked in to getting a Thule box, but Halfords were doing a great discount deal on their own boxes at the time.

We ended up getting a "carbon fibre" effect half width full length Halford own brand box. It has a "central locking" point that controls the locking pins from one lock, there are 5 locking points, 1 at each end and 3 along the length.
Again itis watertight and easy to use/fit. It even comes with tie down straps inside to secure any luggage inside the box as well if you want to.

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