> I'm contemplating buying a Toyota Previa but of course can't consider
> it unless I can find some serious roof racks for it (the Toyota racks
> don't inspire confidence and look inconvenient).
I finally did get roof racks on my Toyota Previa minivan. I installed
*3* pairs of Thule artificial rain gutters. These are 5-inch-long,
rain-gutter-shaped backets that you bolt to the roof. (So far, no
leakage problems.) I installed them at 42-inch intervals, so I have a
7-foot space between racks for windsurfers and 3.5 feet for ski/bike
To enhance security, I added a rock climbing bolt-hanger on one of the
bolts. The SMC hanger has just the right bolt-hole size for the Thule
roof bolts, and the carabiner hole is perfect for the cable of the
board-locking system I bought.
For Bay Area folks: I had The Sports Rack in Redwood City do the
installation. This was non-trivial since there is an air conditioning
unit on the ceiling, so you can't just pull some trim pieces and drop
the headliner out. They had to pull the interior window trim and then
reach up under the edge of the headliner. Inconvenient, but it worked
without damage to the headliner, and only cost $170 (cheap on the scale
of a new car :-).
I also had the same place put in window tint film on the five rear
windows. This should cut down on some of the summer heating with all
that glass, and makes it harder to see what's inside.