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  • Crank system makes loading and unloading items on your vehicle's roof simple and less strenuous
  • Mounts easily to ceiling studs or rafters; mounting hardware included
  • Load straps adjust to fit everything from wide cargo boxes to skinny sea kayaks; 220 lbs. weight capacity

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Needs Improvement Installed this unit for a customer. Screws and anchors don't work in typical garage, you'll need to furnish others. Rope included is too short if your garage has a ceiling higher than 9 feet. Crank concept is good but it is very slow and doesn't keep cargo box close to level when cranked up. Instructions are in metric. If you have a very tall SUV/van at all you won't be able to put the cargo box on vehicle and make it through the garage door. Concept with crank is good but you could make this yourself with just pulley and ropes.
Date published: 2010-03-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It works but can be awkward Screws were for concrete so we needed to make adjustments for wood beams. It took some effort climbing into the attic to align all the beams with the pulleys, but was able to install the system in a few hours. Lift was installed just above the garage door so when the door opens our Thule cargo box is stored above the door. It works well overall, but I feel there may be room for some improvement. Each time we lift the box we have play with the positioning of the box within the rope so it isn't lifted at an angle. The lift does the job of getting the cargo box stored out of the way.
Date published: 2010-01-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good outcome despite supplied hardware Product supplied with hardware for concrete ceiling. You will need to purchase hardware for attaching lift to ceiling joist, and probably 1x4 or 1x6 boards since joist are not likely to be in the exact correct location. I have a 10' high garage ceiling which is about the minimum needed to store the carrier between the ceiling and the garage door. However, the rope supplied is only adequate for an 8' or 9' ceiling. Also, the crank handle for turning the worm drive unit is about a foot too short. If you have a single car garage you will probably have to relocate your garage door opener off center. This was relatively easy to do but added a few more hours to the project. It cost about $40 more for 1x6 boards, screws, T-nuts, and new rope to make the lift work. But in the end the lift allowed me to utilize the wasted space above the open garage door, and make the installation and removal of the roof carrier a one-man operation. The worm drive unit is a quality piece. If I could have purchased just this unit I would have probably purchased the other pulley components at the local hardware store.
Date published: 2011-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works for Jeep Wrangler Freedom Top We have an '08 Jeep Wrangler with the 3-piece removable "Freedom" hard top. The big back section weighs 95 lbs, and is very cumbersome & difficult to remove / reinstall with just the aid of my petite wife, plus it takes up a lot of room in the garage when not in use. We looked at the various Freedom Top storage devices available on the web, but didn't like any of them for one reason or another. Since the weight capacity of the Thule Box Lift is double the weight of the Freedom Top, we decided to give it a try for this application. To adapt the Box Lift for our purpose, we replaced the provided rope with longer lengths of the same type and strength, and ran the loops front to back, rather than side to side. Then we cut each loop in the middle, and installed metal rings and carabiners, so we can disconnect and reconnect the loops under the top. And since our garage has wood ceiling joists, we replaced the provided screws and anchors with 3" coarse thread fence screws. It works great! Once the main part of the Freedom Top is hoisted, we cover it with a couple of towels, and then stow both the 2 front panels of the top and the crank rod on it, up and out of the way. My only complaint is that the loop on the crank mechanism into which the crank rod fits doesn't pivot. This limits the height to which the top can be raised with the crank rod. To raise it the last few inches requires getting up to the crank mechanism and turning it with something like a long screwdriver or a lug wrench.
Date published: 2010-05-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It works with a trip to [...] I use the product in the garage with my canoe. It comes with screws for a concrete ceiling so I had to make adjustments to support the product to my ceiling, insuring its security. Overall it works doing what I need it todo.
Date published: 2009-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thule provides a "lift" to my garage. Product was easy to install. The product is designed perfect for my thule box.
Date published: 2009-10-01
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Have any of the issues or concerns brought up by previous customers (in the reviews section) been addressed since they were first posted 5-6 years ago, or is the product still unchanged from when those people bought it? 

Asked by: KokomoJoe
We don't find any details regarding Thule's acknowledgment or reply to any of the reviews. You are welcome to visit Thule's website to view the user's manual for this item.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

What is the minimum clearance needed between the ceiling and the garage door opener?  When a product (like a kayak) is lifted by this device, how far from the ceiling is the top of the product? I need to calculate whether this will work for my situation. 

Asked by: KokomoJoe
The hardware mounts to crossbeams in your garage; the hardware and pulleys constitute approximately 6-7 inches of vertical space. Whether your kayak fits into this space can be determined by adding this total to the height of your boat (or box or ladder, or etc.).
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20
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