Re: Yakima BasketCase
We have a Yakima basket mounted at the rear of our PHT using yakime tracks, towers and bars. So far it has only been used to carry firewood from time to time.
The basket used to be on the 1990 4x4 Nissan truck. We had one mounted as you are planning, over the cab. It worked great and made for easy access from the cab doors. We had another mounted on tracks, towers and bars over the camper shell in the back. Both worked fine and were able to carry whatever we could fit. The nice part of the basket is that you can mount it either legnthwise or widthwise, whatever works better in the situation.
When we carry something that needs to be out of the weather we use dry-bags along with the net. When we follow that, nothing has ever been wet.
The geometry that you are talking about does seem pretty tight. I would try the instal and see what you think. If it is cantilevered too much, it might limite what you can carry.
There are extensions that can help with the cantiliver, but I have never used them and don't know how much they will help.
Greg in Austin
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