They help in adding storage space to any vehicle.
They are designed to fit various types of vehicles ranging from Sedans, SUVs, vans and trucks. The size of a carrier bag should be relative to the roof area, but there are others that can be adjusted into variable sizes.
When choosing a cargo carrier be it a bag or a basket, features to take into consideration are the size of the carrier, the maximum weight that can be accommodated and the safety features. Other important aspects to consider include weather-proof capabilities.
Preinstalled cargo-loading features in the vehicle should also be taken into consideration when choosing the right carrier. Some vehicles have built-in rail or racks at the rooftop while others require auxiliary hitch cargo carriers to be installed. Some carrier-bags are designed with stretchable straps that do not require the use of roof rails and racks.
Here are some of the top-rated designs.
Keeper RoofTop Waterproof Cargo Bag
This Keeper rooftop waterproof bag provides up to 15 cubic feet additional space to load all your equipment, camping gear, and more! It is built with durable rubberized material and features a sturdy zipper. The sides are made of soft material that normally loosens to fit odd shaped items. It protects your luggage from dirt, road grit and dust.
It is waterproof and resistant to weather elements like scorching heat from the sun, wind, and rain. Ideal for the family on the go! It comes in a versatile design that fits all roof racks. It is easy to secure on SUVs roof racks using its adjustable attachment bands that stretch on all four sides. It has a foldable design for easy storage when not in use. The bag measures 44-inch long by 34-inches wide by 17 inches deep. It provides substantial space for plenty of stuff for a comfortable country side ride with your family.
Watch this video for a better illustration of the features.
Rambler Hitch Carrier
The Rambler Hitch Carrier is a smart two-piece construction cargo rack that accommodates loads of up to 500 pounds. It boasts of 60 by 24 inch loading platform bordered with a 5.5 inch durable side rail that protects and keeps cargo in place. The loading platform is built with a mesh flooring material. The rack is built with scratch weather resistant reinforced metal material with powder coat finish. It is designed to fit 2 inch receivers and it normally allows good distance between bumper and carrier. It weighs 60 pounds.
It is ideal for carrying bikes, golf and sports equipment, camping gear, and other outdoor activity essentials.
Rightline Gear Sport 1 Carrier
Rightline Gear Sport 1 Carrier provides up to 12 cubic feet of cargo space suitable for sedans, minivans, wagons, SUVs to crossovers with or without a roof-rack. It is made of quality durable hydrotuff material reinforced with PVC nylon mesh. It is UV resistant and also water proof to withstand elements of weather such as wind, rain, and the sun.
It also comes with zippers that are Urethane coated to help keep water out and from getting into the luggage. The zippers are also located at the inside of a protective flap to prevent water from seeping in when it rains. It measures 38 inch length by 34 inch width by 14-19 inch height. It weighs 9 pounds and includes four adjustable nylon straps. It comes with a stuff sack to store the bag when not in use. It also comes with clips, cable lock and non-skid roof pad.
Watch how this carrier works from the video below.
Roofbag Explorer Soft Top Carrier
Roofbag Explorer Soft Top Carrier is an adjustable waterproof carrier that provides additional cargo space that range from 11 to 15 cubic feet. It has a unique aerodynamic design. Set of two custom straps designed as pass through belts safely secures the bag in any type of car or van and even vehicles without roof racks, cross bars or side rails.
It is made with heavy duty and durable polyester canvas with scratch resistant vinyl coat finish that endures harsh weather condition. Fits roof lengths ranging from 40 inches to 58 inches and even longer when used with additional straps that are sold separately. It is manufactured in the USA.
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