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Today we are going to review the Thule Atlantis 2100XT, part number TH688XT. This roof top cargo box has the capacity of 21 cubic feet to hold all your gear. For example, skis or snowboards, or just a lot of luggage. As shown here, it comes in a black and silver color scheme, so it will match a lot of different vehicle models out there. We will show you the interior and how it attaches to the roof rack and locks down. :30
Now we will show you how this cargo box mounts on this factory roof rack. First off, we will show you the clamps. It has a two in one action because when you open it up, it loosens the clamp so you can slide it back and fourth to make adjustments and there is also a latch underneath there is a latch that opens up that can grab a variety of different cross bars. As you tighten it back down it grabs the crossbar as well as locks up against the cargo box itself so it will not go anywhere. There are no other pieces to take out like U-bolts or other style clamps. 1:05
Built on the side of the clamp there are little plastic loops that are meant to be used with this strap, that way you can tie down the cargo inside the box to keep it from moving around. The lid will lock down with two points of contact, one here and one here on the other side of the box. Right now we are looking at the rear part. If we go to the front half, there will be an identical latch there too. In the center there is the actual key latch. Right now we are looking at the driver side. On the passenger side we have the same arrangement so you can open up the lid on this on either direction. It also has a handy pull down strap to pull the lid down. Lets go ahead and get our roof rack ready on the vehicle. In this demonstration we are going to be using the factory roof rack. We are going to get the cross bars loosened up and then set the Atlantis cargo box on top of it and make our final adjustments with the cross bars. 2:00
With an extra set of hands we can go ahead and place the cargo box on the roof. We will position it forward so the rear hatch does not touch it when you open it up. Once you have that dimension established, go ahead and center it over the roof rack. Before we clamp it down into place, one thing to remember is one the cross bars themselves you want to keep them as wide as possible, that way the cargo box will stay as stable as possible down the road. When we are satisfied with this we will tighten down the cross bars. Again, this will very from vehicle to vehicle. We will install the clamps now. We will unscrew it, opening the clamp up on the bottom, which will allow us to move it front to rear. Then take the knob and tighten it back down, you can see how it clamps. Lets snug them down loosely for now, we want the remaining three points of contact to do the same thing. Once we have them all snugged down, we can go ahead and tighten them down. Once you have it set up the way you want it, we can go ahead and tighten it down by hand. Nice and snug will work. To close it, go ahead and pull on the strap. Make sure it goes all the way down, turn the key, and lock it. Then you can go to the other side and unlock it and rise the other half. Within a few steps, we have installed our cargo box on our van here and it is ready to go down the road. There you have it for part number TH688XT from Thule.
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