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What are Rooftop Cargo Options for a 2012 Honda Civic Without Roof Rack


Do I need to have a rack on the roof to use a cargo carrier


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Vehicles without a rooftop rack, such as your 2012 Honda Civic, can still be equipped with cargo bags like the Rightline # RL100S50. This item and many of the other Rightline cargo bags we offer can easily be affixed to vehicle with a naked roof.

The link provided will show you all such weather-proof fabric-type bags. These are available in a range of sizes and capacities, from 4.3 to 18 cubic feet.

The # RL100S50 you referenced offers a 9-cubic-ft capacity, two-layer construction and includes a storage bag. The cargo bag attaches to your Civic with included straps and rubber-coated clips that grab the door ledge or rain gutter, or by running the straps through the interior of the vehicle. Please refer to the linked product video which details the features and installation options for this cargo bag.

I suggest you consider a non-skid pad for your Civic. This installs between the roof and cargo bag and help prevent the bag from moving and protects your vehicle paint finish. You can use # RL100650. It is always a good idea to clean the vehicle roof before each use of a cargo bag to ensure no trapped dirt can scratch the paint.

Also it is advisable to check your owners manual or consult with a local Honda dealership for any vehicle roof weight limitations.

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