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My wife and I are moving 1,000 miles away. Because we have dogs, we have to drive. We don't have enough stuff to merit a moving van, so we are loading up her 2007 Honda Fit with all of our worldly posessions. A little extra room would be really nice!

We contacted the Honda dealership, and they don't offer roof racks. The Fit doesn't have a trailer hitch and I think that is probably for the best, because its engine is only 80hp and probably can't pull a trailer. I have looked in to after-market cargo solutions but I am a fish-out-of water in this area.

Whats the best way to boost the cargo space of this car? Our cargo is going to be large plastic totes, suitcases and a couple road bikes.

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Honestly, I would rent a van (if not a UHaul or equivalent). The Lovely Wife and I did this shortly after wedding many years ago and it was much more convenient than attaching cargo carriers to her Honda. She drove the Honda, I drove the van and didn't enjoy myself (but we arrived with all our gear). –  Bob Cross Jul 17 '12 at 18:12
    
It cost me 200 bucks to move 30 miles with a moving truck last time I moved. I feel like renting a truck for 1,000 miles is probably going to be outrageous (especially including gas). –  Noah Jul 17 '12 at 18:50
    
Yes, the cost of a van/truck is on the order of $700 (before gas) for that distance (based on my quickie Bloomington, IN => Providence, RI uhaul approximation). You're kind of stuck with this vehicle, though: 80HP doesn't leave you with an excess of power. –  Bob Cross Jul 17 '12 at 19:11
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Mac beat me too it, that's what I was going to post. You may want to consider shipping your items instead. The car top box will reduce you gas mileage, possibly by a lot, and if your not going to use it much may not be worth it. If the bicycle rack could be useful regularly it might be worth it –  Larry Jul 17 '12 at 19:53
    
I have never used a service like this but it is a possible option[.doortodoor.com/landing-pages/… would give you the option of packing and unpacking at your own pace. I believe most will allow for delayed delivery to allow you time to get set up before delivery. –  mikes Jul 17 '12 at 20:18
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Thule makes a rack that fits the Fit. You can then get a cargo box or some bike mounts (my personal choice would be the bike mounts, you may be likely to get more long-term use out of them), or both.

It'll be about $360 for the base rack, plus whatever bike mounts, cargo boxes, and accessories you get. I am a big fan of the Thule stuff.

Thule vehicle fit guide

looks like you need the 480 traverse feet, the 50 in load bars, and fit kit 1312.

You can always go with longer load bars to get some extra width. Two bikes and a box would definitely need more than 50 inches.

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It turns out that a friend of ours gave us a nice bike rack for free, but this was a great suggestion. I would have gone this route (with second-hand load bars and accessories) if it weren't for my wife's extremely generous linguistics professor. –  Noah Jul 20 '12 at 20:06
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If you can get a towbar installed, that'd be a useful option for when you have to move larger objects around.

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I have reconsidered a hitch since I originally posted this question. I was thinking it might be handy to get a hitch and a little hitch-mounted platform or bike-rack. –  Noah Jul 18 '12 at 14:16
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