Yeah, I am curious what the hit in mileage would be. I suspect 1-2mpg but that's just a guess. We just averaged 17.2mpg on our last 4 day trip and that's still 5 mpg more than my SRT Jeep so I could probably let go of a MPG or two and be ok with it . Of course I'm just talking myself into a roof rack because I thin they look bad ass. Though I must refrain, this one is supposed to be about function!Everyone with roof racks complains about mileage. The ones that don’t complain. Don’t care ( and that’s cool). It really comes down to personal preference and your budget.
I am crunched for space. 4 people and biking gear adds up quick. My main issue is enough room for stuff on longer trips.
I am adding an owl vans Sherpa plus big box to my van for more storage. Less on the roof gets better mileage.
Did you lose MPG with your roof top carrier and side carrier for the water toy?
With another one on the way we will soon be a family of 4 with bikes as well. Already even with 3 I can see the writing on the wall - need usable space inside. I don't plan on being in the van often, because camping to me is still a tent. That said this weekend when it was raining upon our arrival and when it came to cook and eat, being able to slip inside was a total win.
I'll have to check out the rear door boxes. Though the idea of swinging something away all the time seems like a pain, especially when the comes to put the bikes outside. Seems like I am opening those back doors a ton to access gear and stuff.
Lots to think about. Either way is a big expense and I'd like to do it once and get it right. Seems like an awning mount on a roof rack also would be way easier, but of course there are other ways as you (and many others) demonstrated. Any regrets or thoughts on the awning now that you've had it for sometime?