Now that you've gotten the RTS installed
here's some pictures of the bike rack and luggage rack.
The luggage carrier costs almost $500US. It
can hold two back packs (one in front of the other) or skis. It is 7'2" long (with
variation for the rounded edges) and 1' 7" wide. There are two latches that intrude
about 3.25" into the container, and are about 5" wide. I say "about"
because the dimensions are not square, but those dimensions are as useful as you'd likely
need. The container is about 13" tall at the tallest point, and it tapers down
gradually to the minimum HEIGHT of 6" tall at the very front. As you can see from the
pictures, that six inches is only for the very edge, and it gets taller fairly fast.
I haven't been able to find an alternate
supplier, which is what took me so long to settle on the Porsche model. It doesn't look
any worse than a model by Thule, Yakima, or any other brand at least. In fact it looks
suspiciously like this Thule model. You can
contact their distributors, one of which is REI who sells them for about $400US. From what I can tell, the
mounting methods are different. I'm sure you can purchase the carrier and make your own
mounts. I'll continue to research that. The distance between the rails is 28". The
sliders that go in the rails are just slightly larger than 3/4" (probably metric, but
3/4" would definitely work, they're not precision-made).
It's awkward to install. It's not very
heavy, I haul it around by myself fairly easily, but I can't install it myself. A second
person is mandatory to do this. You have to get these little square sliders into the slots
on the crossbars. Of course, the squares always want to rotate so they don't fit. I don't
know why Porsche didn't make them rounded and longer so that they slide in easier. There
are so many stupid design flaws in the entire RTS system. I think Porsche needs to hire me
in their design section. With the margin they get on these devices, they should put better
designs in place.
||Here's a front view of the luggage carrier and the bike
rack. Note that there is room (barely) for a second bike rack. You have to mount the
second bike rack backwards (which Porsche recommends), but it will fit. It will easily fit
without the luggage carrier installed. The bike rack is much cheaper, more like $180US. A
much better price, and a much better design. It is easily installed by one person. I made
another page to go over some details of the bike
rack for those interested.
||Close up of the bike rack. There was little wind noise
with it on while driving. I was impressed by how well the bike stayed put.
||One more view of the bike rack.
Installation - Starting Off
2. RTS Installation - A Pillars
3. RTS Installation - B Pillars
4. RTS Installation - Installing Arches and
5. RTS Accessories
6. Bike Rack Details
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