If you’re like most SUV owners, you probably purchased your pride and joy because you wanted more utility in your life. As you are probably already quite aware, SUVs tend to be bigger, more comfortable, and just simply more convenient when it comes down to managing daily tasks. Because of these perks, these larger vehicles have become increasingly popular and have been selling in record numbers across the globe.
So, since SUVs are all about convenience and utility (and that’s apparently what everyone wants these days), it makes sense that a number of aftermarket companies have attempted to make them even more convenient and utilitarian by providing a slew of add-ons and accessories. Like most car-related things, they can range from a few bucks to thousands of dollars. Obviously, it all just comes down to how much you’re willing to spend to make your life that much more commodious.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at some SUV additions that might make your “family tank” feel a little more tailor-made to your lifestyle.
Yakima LockNLoad System
One of the key hallmarks of any great SUV is its ability to effortlessly pack up both your’s and your passengers’ belongings and then whisk them away to their intended destination. Unfortunately, however, sometimes even the most gargantuan of SUVs (like that of the Chevrolet Suburban) are no match for the ever-increasing amount of “absolutely necessary” belongings that the average family of four must bring with them everywhere they go. Fortunately, Yakima has prepared for this exact scenario with their $829 LockNLoad roof-mounted system.
The rack system in question is basically a roof basket and is designed to carry up to 330 lbs worth of additional cargo. While that may not sound particularly special, as there are plenty of other much cheaper roof-mounted cargo management options on the market, things do take a turn when you realize that other racks can be mounted on the basket itself. That means that in addition to all of the stuff you already have up there, you’ll also be able to mount multiple bicycles, skis, snowboards, and even kayaks on top of your car.
Cooluli Mini Fridge
Sometimes, the last thing that we want to do on a long road trip is to physically go into a gas station after we’ve pumped our gas and get a bunch of drinks and snacks for a family-packed SUV. Heck, some of us will literally drive away and find a different service area if the credit card reader displays “please see cashier.” Fortunately for us, however, a company named Cooluli has designed a mini-fridge for the car that can keep your food (or important medications) from home nice and cool.
The electric-powered cooler starts at a mere $49.99 and are available in a variety of colors and sizes (the smallest of which will hold up to six cans). More importantly, the fridge can be powered by either a rechargeable 2A-power bank or a “cigarette lighter,” if you prefer. Best of all, it takes up very little space and is light, meaning that you can easily store it and take it anywhere at any time. However, depending on the size of your family, maybe you should consider getting two.
Thule Tepui Explorer Autana 4
If you’ve paid any attention to many of today’s SUV commercials, you’ll have probably noticed that many of them seem to perpetuate the idea that owning such a vehicle will magically grant you a lifestyle of outdoor fun and adventure (spoiler alert: it won’t). Nevertheless, in the off-chance you happen to be an SUV owner who believes everything they see on TV and wishes to emulate these fabricated depictions of life (like the Bronco Sport advertisement below), you’ll need two things: A dirt road and a roof-top tent. Luckily for you, Thule has the latter covered with their Tepui Explorer Autana 4 roof-top tent.
Like most roof-mounted tents, it comes equipped with a ladder as well as UV- and mold-resistant fabric. What makes this model different, however, is the fact that it comes standard with a built-in foam mattress that can “comfortably” sleep up to four adults. More importantly, the tent also comes equipped with an extended private canopy entrance, which is particularly convenient in crowded campsites.
There is just one little teensy tiny thing about this tent that kind of puts a damper on the mood: The price. Unfortunately, there is no way to sugarcoat it, so we’ll just come out and say it… it costs $2,699.95. But on the bright side, think of all the money you’ll save now that you don’t need to rent a hotel room!
Snow Joe Telescoping Snow Broom
One of the most annoying things by far that we all see every winter is when people drive around city streets with a snowbank on top of their vehicle’s roof. For the most part, this is typically just a byproduct of people being lazy and inconsiderate of others peoples’ safety. However, for some individuals, it is simply a matter of not being able to reach the top of their car (that excuse will not hold up in traffic court, by the way).
Mercifully, a company called Snow Joe currently produces a telescopic “snow broom” that allows vertically impaired people (actively looking in the mirror here, folks) to accomplish this task in both a safe and easy manner. The broom itself is made up of non-abrasive foam, which makes it extremely paint and glass-friendly. Furthermore, there is also an ice scraper on the opposite end for those days when Mother Nature is being extra cruel. Best of all, this device can be yours for as little as $19.99 (so, no excuses!).
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