This roof rack that I got has been a fairly good investment. It was a little over $40 at Walmart and it got a bunch of stuff out of the car so I don’t have to clear off the bed every night. Unfortunately, three drawbacks have been discovered.
2. It has these cheap plastic plug-like covers for the end of each bar on the rack, but they don’t fit well and some are missing already. Rust is sure to follow.
3. If the clip is not positioned just so, water can run into the car through the top of the door (this was a recent discovery and the last straw).
Needless to say, I’m soggy enough without being actively rained on at night, so the rack is being returned. I’m not sure what the new solution is going to be (suggestions are welcome), but removing that front passenger seat may be the first step towards more permanent (and less conspicuous) storage.