We were fairly sure, nearly from the beginning, that we would want cargo boxes on our roof for the extra storage space.  While we have pared down our possessions to be quite minimal, two people and a dog plus stuff all inside the van is quite cramped.  Putting some of that stuff, especially seasonal items, up on the roof should help quite a bit.  The only other options were to get a larger van or tow a trailer, both of which are unacceptable! (How would we get easily into back-country that way?)

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