These are links to relevant things that I mention briefly in Chapter 3.Gap storage
This is the national road atlas I keep stored in one of the gaps.
Organizers and aftermarket vehicle storage
The rear shelf
This is the “shelf” I use in the back of my SUV.
As far as cargo boxes (aka car top carriers) are concerned, the ones by the big brands (e.g., Thule and Yakima) are very expensive. Ones that look like a great value to me are the X-Cargo series by Sears. They come in two sizes: 15 cubic feet and 20 cubic feet.
Here are hitch-mounted cargo carriers on Amazon. Ones like this have a swing arm that lets the cargo carrier swing out of the way to make accessing stuff in the back of the SUV easier. And ones like this are an big plastic bin integrated into the rack and mounted on a swing arm.
Here’s a spare tire holder that attaches to the vehicle’s rear hitch mount.