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I'm going to buy a 2019 CR-V, EX trim over the next week or two.

I'd like to be able to put as a big a box as I can get away with on the roof, ideally in a configuration where there would be room for both the box and a canoe (or a bike.). I assume this may necessitate crossbars that stick out a little on the sides.

Additionally, I'd like to have a hitch-mounted bike rack that can fit four bicycles.

In buying my CR-V, should spring for having the roof rails ($399) and the trailer hitch ($508) added? Or are there better/less expensive third-party options I should look into?

Also, what are my best options for adding a big box, and a hitch-mounted rack for 4 bikes?

All advice or input appreciated! Thanks!
 

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If you don't get a response here, link this question in the Gen5 (2017+) area.

Also, look in the Similar Threads section at the bottom of the page...:applause:
 

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Aftermarket hitches are the best bet since you can get a Class III hitch with a 2" receiver. It's more flexible in what you can use in it. I have a Curt hitch on my '09 and it cost less than half what the dealer would have wanted for one. It was a one-person 30-minute job to install it.

I'm using a Thule 2-bike rack, the 990XT Doubletrack. I think it also came in a 4-bike model. The manager at my bike shop had to modify it slightly since one of our bikes is a Specialized Roll with a step-through frame, and the tube that secures the bike from the top would not go down far enough to secure it. But it is a simple fix--two screws hold the tube on, and it can be moved further down in its mount, and redrilled in its new location. Beyond that, it's so easy to load up and it is way more secure than the old Trek trunk-mount rack I had from the 90s.

This particular Thule comes with a receiver adapter (which is bolted to the rack) so that you can use it in either a 1¼" or 2" hitch receiver. Very secure, no rattling or moving. I've used it at highway speeds with no issues.

(Strange that the 990XT is $100 more than when I purchased it two years ago.)
 

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I bought aftermarket roof rack, rails, and a Class II/III Uhaul hitch for better than the prices you mentioned. I bought a bike rack that was advertised for three bikes, but could barely carry two from Amazon, then got a couple fat tire bikes and a new Hollywood fat tire bike carrier that is the bomb. Those two big bikes look great on the back of my CRV.
 

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I bought aftermarket roof rack, rails, and a Class II/III Uhaul hitch for better than the prices you mentioned. I bought a bike rack that was advertised for three bikes, but could barely carry two from Amazon, then got a couple fat tire bikes and a new Hollywood fat tire bike carrier that is the bomb. Those two big bikes look great on the back of my CRV.
 

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I'm going to buy a 2019 CR-V, EX trim over the next week or two.

I'd like to be able to put as a big a box as I can get away with on the roof, ideally in a configuration where there would be room for both the box and a canoe (or a bike.). I assume this may necessitate crossbars that stick out a little on the sides.

Additionally, I'd like to have a hitch-mounted bike rack that can fit four bicycles.

In buying my CR-V, should spring for having the roof rails ($399) and the trailer hitch ($508) added? Or are there better/less expensive third-party options I should look into?

Also, what are my best options for adding a big box, and a hitch-mounted rack for 4 bikes?

All advice or input appreciated! Thanks!

Get what you need, hopefully those prices are installed

Trailer hitch is $267 at honda


Rails are $300
 
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