Swedish-based Thule manufactures vehicle racks for sports and other equipment. The company sold its first car rack in 1962 and went on to make and sell ski-carriers, rooftop boxes, bike carriers and trailers. The rack range that Thule is known for has been added to by snow chains and other accessories. One key component to the Thule rack system is that they are designed to deter vandalism and theft using locks. There are some instructions that can be followed for Thule locks that will ensure longevity and help avoid disappointment.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Remove the bikes, skis or other equipment if you are leaving the car for any length of time. This is advice from Thule itself. While the racks do have locks, they are designed to deter vandalism and theft only -- they will not stop a determined thief with bolt cutters, a drill and time to do the removal. If you have to leave the expensive gear on the vehicle overnight, park in a well-lit spot, preferable somewhere busy, like a town square or a hotel car park with a security guard.
Put a key in the glove compartment, because replacement keys are only available from Thule dealers. Chasing down a replacement key in the case of one misplaced could conceivably interrupt a vacation. An expensive alternative is destroying the Thule locks yourself or with the help of a locksmith to access the gear.
Turn and move Thule locks periodically to keep the operation smooth. In the case of a seasonal rack ---like ski rack, use a spray lubricant in the keyhole before putting them away.
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