we bought this to strap to the roof for our kansas trip. we thought about renting a van. that was going to cost us at least $500. the more we thought about it the more we decided that we would rather invest the money in a roof top luggage carrier for our car. this isn't the last time we will be making this trip to kansas. our future cars will be at least as big as the forrester. we thought, what the heck and we headed out to the local REI store and bought one right then and there.