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New Owner of Chroma Blue LXs

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Hi all,

Just picked up a '22 Carnival in Chroma Blue in LX trim with Seat Package yesterday. Would've liked to get the SX specifically for the roof rails but my bank account says otherwise 馃槥.

Anyways, here she is.

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Congrats. Road trippin time. My wife, a friend , and my daughter and two dogs just got back from a weekend road trip. Got 28mpg average there and back (MN to IA) in our SXP. Enjoy the ride.
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Same color, trim, wish for roof rails, and pocketbook issues here.

Hoping all the summer camping gear will fit well. Anyone successfully use the Seasucker Monkey Bars suction cup roof rack system?
Same color, trim, wish for roof rails, and pocketbook issues here.

Hoping all the summer camping gear will fit well. Anyone successfully use the Seasucker Monkey Bars suction cup roof rack system?
I actually bit the bullet and ordered the Seasucker Monkey Bars! They should be coming by next week. I will report back how they fit. There's actually someone with Carnival in the FB Group that had successfully put on aftermarket clamp-style roof rack. According to him, it has held up good.

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Its a universal one and fitment isn't perfect but should work.
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I actually bit the bullet and ordered the Seasucker Monkey Bars! They should be coming by next week. I will report back how they fit. There's actually someone with Carnival in the FB Group that had successfully put on aftermarket clamp-style roof rack. According to him, it has held up good.

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Its a universal one and fitment isn't perfect but should work.
The clamp style worries me as I've seen permanent dents, scratches and rust marks where they went on other people's cars.

Let me know how sea suckers work. Do they ever go on sale?
Let me know how sea suckers work. Do they ever go on sale?
I actually got mine for $450. They were on sale at Campsaver.com but I believe, I got the last one at that price. Its out of stock currently and the price has gone back up to $499.
I'm sure I am not the only one with lower than SX trim on the Carnival and pretty upset about not being able to add roof rack on our MPV. I honestly think it was pretty dumb on KIA's part to not offer that option or being able to retrofit for those of us at the lower trim level. Been researching for any other options and there are practically none that does not require drilling into the roof and making permanent tracks for the roof. My concerns with this route are 1) The possibility of roof leak/rust 2) The possibility of damaging the side curtain airbags during the install and of course 3) Voiding any warranties. The mounts for OEM roof racks on SX trims or higher are welded on TOP of the roof and its a huge process to try to retrofit OME rack since it will require welding and the cost for just the parts are well over $800. I came across these and from the reviews, they appeared to be legit and won't require any drilling or welding to mount them on our Carnival. I bit the bullet and ordered myself a set. Will report back after I got them installed.

https://www.seasucker.com/.../monkey-bars-2020-edition

REVIEW: The suckers just came in and I got them installed. The quality of the product is really good. It feels solid and well-made. The pump action creates more vacuum and added extra assurance. The attachment to the roof is solid. I was able to shake the whole car while just holding on the load bar and it wouldn't even budge. You do need to re-pump occasionally just so the vacuum isn't lost. That's what the "orange" indicators on the pumps are for. So far, I'm happy with it. Will report back after some time of use if there are any issues.


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@Dstorm00 Really cool. I've been contemplating and considering getting the Seasucker Monkey Bars myself. I was a bit hesitant due to the suction cups but hows your experience so far? What length bars did you get (48 or 60)? Which cargo carrier are you using with the bar? Would you recommend these bars?
@Dstorm00 Really cool. I've been contemplating and considering getting the Seasucker Monkey Bars myself. I was a bit hesitant due to the suction cups but hows your experience so far? What length bars did you get (48 or 60)? Which cargo carrier are you using with the bar? Would you recommend these bars?
I went with the 48". So far, they are working out good. I've taken it on road trips and gone over 85mph with no issues. They held up great. You just got to keep an eye on the suction pump and make sure its not showing any "orange ring" on the vacuum pump. If it is, just give it a few pumps and you are good to go. I'm using older Thule Summit XL Cargo box with my setup.
I went with the 48". So far, they are working out good. I've taken it on road trips and gone over 85mph with no issues. They held up great. You just got to keep an eye on the suction pump and make sure its not showing any "orange ring" on the vacuum pump. If it is, just give it a few pumps and you are good to go. I'm using older Thule Summit XL Cargo box with my setup.
Overall, you would recommend to a Kia Carnival owner? How often do you need to repump them? Do you keep it on regularly or take them off when not in use?
I went with the 48". So far, they are working out good. I've taken it on road trips and gone over 85mph with no issues. They held up great. You just got to keep an eye on the suction pump and make sure its not showing any "orange ring" on the vacuum pump. If it is, just give it a few pumps and you are good to go. I'm using older Thule Summit XL Cargo box with my setup.
Did the thule clamps work with the sea sucker system? Or did you need any sort of adapter. Looks like a great solution!
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The clamp style worries me as I've seen permanent dents, scratches and rust marks where they went on other people's cars.
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