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Calix URBAN LOADER roof box, matt black, no. 1-UL-MB


The Urban Loader gives you a massive 500 litres of extra loading capacity. The lid raises to give you a maximum height of 51cm, making it ideal for bulky items that won't fit in a standard roof box.

It is short enough to look good on even smaller cars. It folds to only 26cm in it's compact position. This makes it ideal if you want to leave it on the car all year round, especially if storage is an issue.

Calix Urban Loader – expanding cars

The Urban Loader is a new, innovative ‘roof box’ that gives you a massive amount of extra space for your gear. It compliments your lifestyle without you having to invest in a larger car.

Maybe you need to carry particularly bulky items that won’t fit in a normal roof box; bulky pushchairs, cases or sports gear for example? At 51cm high the Urban Loader is significantly deeper than other roof boxes. It is an optimum shape for load carrying, allowing you to carry as much as possible. The loading capacity is a massive 500 litres, this is bigger than the boots of many larger saloon and hatchback cars.

It is only 26cm high in the compact position so you can use the Urban Loader as a permanent part of your car, in all weather, all year round, with very little effect on fuel consumption. Strong spring struts make it easy to raise and lower the Urban Loader.

Other Features:

  • In the expanded position it is 140cm long, 89cm wide, 51cm high
  • In the compact position it is only 26cm high
  • Zips shut and includes two padlocks for security
  • Supplied with fittings that work with both square bars (up to 62mm wide) and also T-track aluminium bars
  • Comes in a matt black finish
  • The hard cover is made of durable ABS plastic with weather resistant fabric
  • Air pressure release vents to ensure easy opening and closing
  • Weight: 15kg
  • Max load: 50kg

The Urban Loader, with its patented solutions, design and construction, is made in Sweden. It is fully tested, approved and certified by TÜV (Germany's leading certifying institute). In addition to the TÜV tests, the product has undertaken the City Crash Test at the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden and several internal tests with focus on safety, usability and durability.

This season we are offering a free roof box hoist to give you a superb deal. Boxes are bulky items so the ideal place to store them is above your car in the garage, or perhaps in a shed. Many people will leave the box attached to the bars, and also use the box for storage.

If you don't need a box hoist, our alternative gift is a set of 3 Fasty straps - 0.5m, 1.5m and 3.0m. Although of much less financial value they will be useful for 1,001 things, time and again. (Note that only one box hoist or one set of straps will be included per roof box ordered!)

If you're ordering this roof box as part of a Package Deal, you will select your free gift once you've chosen your roof bars.

Very few customers know much about the roof box market before they visit our site. We have a lot of information about the things to think about before buying, and the “real world usefulness" of various roof box features, but you’ll be buying sight unseen, and you probably won’t have used a roof box before, so there is inevitably some luck in getting a box that you’ll be happy with.

We want to remove the risks of buying these large and often expensive items, perhaps from brands which almost every other roof box retailer doesn’t stock, and so we have a unique “90 day Exchange Scheme” for roof boxes.

This allows you to use a roof box and, with the benefit of experience, to exchange it for a new one within 90 days of invoice date. Most exchanges are from a shorter box to a longer one, or from a wider box to a narrower one.

These are the rules of the Exchange Scheme:

  • You are allowed one exchange only.
  • The original box must be in "as new" condition, subject only to fair wear and tear.
  • The replacement box must be a different model.
  • The replacement box must not be part of a package deal or be from our Bargains section.
  • Roof bars are never part of the Exchange Scheme.

This is how the exchange scheme works:

  • We charge in full for the replacement box, including the appropriate carriage charge and a charge for any packaging needed for the return of the original.
  • We arrange the collection and pay the return carriage costs.
  • When the original box arrives back here we refund you for the invoice value of the original box, but you won't get back more than the invoice value of the replacement box. In other words, if the replacement is cheaper than the original we won't be giving you "extra cash back".

Please note: we can only collect items from mainland UK.

View Specs Sheet PDF

Technical Specifications at a glance:

External dimensions: 889mm wide, 1408mm long, 515mm or 260mm high

Internal dimensions: TBA

Volume: up to 500 litres

Weight: 15kg

Max load capacity: 50kg

Opens from: both sides

Opens how wide: Fits bars up to: 62mm wide x 28mm deep

Fits T-track aluminium bars: yes, T-track fittings included

Distance between roof bar fittings: 465 – 740mm (square bars), 395 - 810mm (T-track aluminium bars)

Colour: matt black

You can see more about the Urban loader in the video below.

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Delivery charges and arrangements:

We charge a contribution towards delivery costs, depending on what you order, where you live, and how quickly you want the goods.

For most UK addresses, the charge for our two to three day service is £5.50 (£9.50 for orders including a roof box) and our charge for Next Working Day deliveries is £8.50 (£12.50 for orders involving a roof box). AutoSock, shoe chains, RUD i-Sock, and small spare parts, are charged £3.95 (Royal Mail Tracked), £4.95 (Royal Mail Express Tracked) or £5.95 (express courier, usually Next Working Day).

There are different charges for any delivery including a sea crossing, and deliveries to Skye - we will contact you with a quote on receipt of order.

Orders for Next Working Day delivery need to be received by 4.00pm.

There are no deliveries on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays, except for postable items where Royal Mail has a Saturday delivery. Next Working Day orders placed on a Friday will be delivered on the Monday, Next Working Day orders placed on a Saturday will be delivered on the Tuesday.

We are very flexible with our deliveries and will aim to deliver on a day and at an address which suits you. Goods can usually be left without signature - we prefer this with roof boxes. There's a "Special Delivery Instructions" box in the checkout area where we'll ask you to choose a typical instruction and then amend it to suit your particular requirements.

No retailer or courier company can ever "guarantee" a Next Working Day delivery. All courier companies occasionally have the same transport problems as can happen to everyone else, including snow blocked roads, closed roads, traffic jams, mechanical breakdown, an inability to find the delivery address, or to gain access to it if, for example, it's in a block of flats. We work with some of the best couriers in the business, and overall they provide an outstanding service.

Payment options:

We take the following cards, and also PayPal. Please note that the entry on your card statement will be from "The Roof Box Company".

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Item: Description: Our price (each): RRP:
Short Wide roof box: £379.95 (rrp. )
Special offers:
Free box hoist: £0.00 (rrp. £17.50)
Alternative free gift: £0.00 (rrp. )

All our prices include VAT at 20% Total: £379.95
In Stock - Get it by Monday 18th November
 Our 90 day Exchange Scheme 
 Delivery charges and Payment options