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Trying to find a good solution for a ski rack for the Bronco. I don’t have the roof rails and ideally wouldn’t want to get them because they hinder top access. I was thinking about a swing away tow hitch mount system but I don’t know what would work best and if there any system that allows the tailgate to still open. If anyone can share their solutions for ski/snowboard carriers that’d be super helpful.
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Our Flex Wing Carrier is hitch mounted and can be used with or without our cargo racks. You can hold a variety of equipment and simply change out the accessories for seasonal use. The wings are adjustable and more can be added. It tilts back to clear tailgate or if it is on our cargo rack, the door will clear the cargo deck with cargo removed. You can also mount it to a swing out hitch arm like the Kuat Pivot. Let me know if you have any questions. https://www.xrack.us/product/flex-wing-accessory-carrier/
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If you are at all serious about skiing you should rethink a rack, and instead get a box for the top, put them inside of your vehicle, or at a minimum inside of a ski bag if on a rack.

Road grit is not your ski’s friend - either from a performance or safety standpoint.
 
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Trying to find a good solution for a ski rack for the Bronco. I don’t have the roof rails and ideally wouldn’t want to get them because they hinder top access. I was thinking about a swing away tow hitch mount system but I don’t know what would work best and if there any system that allows the tailgate to still open. If anyone can share their solutions for ski/snowboard carriers that’d be super helpful.
With our full roof rack, you can still take the front two panels off as well as the middle panel. You can mount the Yakima FatCat Evo line or the Yakima FreshTrack line on our rack. The Yakima SkyBoxes will also mount up to our rack if you do not want your skis/snowboards exposed to the elements!
 

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With our full roof rack, you can still take the front two panels off as well as the middle panel. You can mount the Yakima FatCat Evo line or the Yakima FreshTrack line on our rack. The Yakima SkyBoxes will also mount up to our rack if you do not want your skis/snowboards exposed to the elements!
I am very happy with my TrailRax system. I never notice it, or think about it. It just provides perfect utility - which is what I look for in a piece of gear. All of my Thule pieces fit on it perfectly.

That being said, my skis go in a SkiGuard box on top of the Audi, with FIS skis also going in a bag.
 
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or use a ski binding cover while on the rack. I'm still looking for a a solution that goes on the tire...they use to make for a jeep. Skis are vertically in a rack that attaches to tire.
 

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or use a ski binding cover while on the rack. I'm still looking for a a solution that goes on the tire...they use to make for a jeep. Skis are vertically in a rack that attaches to tire.
Then there is the issue of your tune.
 

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Easiest way to spot a flatlander with no clue is having their ski/board equipment exposed to magcloride and road salt on a rack.

Exposed ski gear is the best way to trash your edges and wax job. Get it in a coffin box, a gear bag, or put it inside the rig.

Take care of your gear.
 

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I wax and sharpen often. I don’t like the skis banging against each other in a box either. Can’t be good for the edges. I only use a rack with full occupancy otherwise in a bag inside or on a plane in a bag, or carry boots and rent at resort.
 

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I wax and sharpen often. I don’t like the skis banging against each other in a box either. Can’t be good for the edges. I only use a rack with full occupancy otherwise in a bag inside or on a plane in a bag, or carry boots and rent at resort.
What?

How do you pack that they are "banging" into each other while in a coffin box? More pressing, how erratically do you drive that this is even an issue?

Strap them sticks together I guess... This is a problem I didn't know people had.
 

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I wax and sharpen often. I don’t like the skis banging against each other in a box either. Can’t be good for the edges. I only use a rack with full occupancy otherwise in a bag inside or on a plane in a bag, or carry boots and rent at resort.
Use an old yoga mat in the box. This is one of the reasons why my FIS skis go in a bag in the box. If you are using appropriate ski straps that keep the bases of pair separated that will mitigate abrasion.
 

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What?

How do you pack that they are "banging" into each other while in a coffin box? More pressing, how erratically do you drive that this is even an issue?

Strap them sticks together I guess... This is a problem I didn't know people had.
The Thule box I had was hard plastic bottom and ski’s didn’t seem very secure from sliding around and having edges hit each other 4-5 pairs and poles it’s got a lot in there. Anyway, us flat landers travel by plane mostly for good skiing.
Never had a vehicle with a ski pass through..that would have been nice in the Bronco.
 

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The Thule box I had was hard plastic bottom and ski’s didn’t seem very secure from sliding around and having edges hit each other 4-5 pairs and poles it’s got a lot in there. Anyway, us flat landers travel by plane mostly for good skiing.
Never had a vehicle with a ski pass through..that would have been nice in the Bronco.
Solid answer. Forgive my shit talking. No harm intended.

I forget who makes them but they sell "ski socks" that go over your skis and keep them from banging into eachother.

Equally, some spray adhesive and some carpet on the interior is always a good call for a new storage box.

Also, a quality coffin box like a thule product should have straps inside of it for just this purpose. Or maybe that was my dad's creation.... either way, happy skiing my man!
 

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Kind of expensive for what they are but here is an option for boxes. Just picked up a Thule Motion XT XXL for my skis and may try these. That or a yoga mat on the bottom and the skis in bags. For local (1-2 hour) trips will probably just throw them in the back and maybe see if I can strap them down just in case.

https://www.skiblocks.com
 

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Solid answer. Forgive my shit talking. No harm intended.

I forget who makes them but they sell "ski socks" that go over your skis and keep them from banging into eachother.

Equally, some spray adhesive and some carpet on the interior is always a good call for a new storage box.

Also, a quality coffin box like a thule product should have straps inside of it for just this purpose. Or maybe that was my dad's creation.... either way, happy skiing my man!
No problem….also seen my kids and wife struggling with a box and drop, lean skis against vehicles. Edges do wonders for paint jobs. Last vehicle had a tonneau cover..that was easy. Have a good ski season!
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