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Rhino-Rack Rooftop Cargo Bag Review

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Review of the Rhino-Rack Rooftop Cargo Bag


Hey everyone, it's Colin here at etrailer, and today we're going to take a look at the Rhino-Rack Rooftop Cargo Bag. Now, this is a waterproof bag that's been designed to fit inside your rooftop cargo basket on your cargo carrier that's on your hitch, or even in your truck bed, to provide you with some space. You can get some extra cargo, luggage, anything you might need, safe from the elements, and create more space on the inside of your vehicle.One thing that's really cool about this roof bag is that these tie-down straps are going to be integrated into the bag itself. So you can see, we have our strap that is secured at the bottom of our bag, comes up and around our raised side rails of our cargo basket. It would be the same thing if you used it in your cargo carrier as well. And then with our heavy-duty buckles up top, this secures our strap.

You can see we're going to have two on each side, the right and the left, and we're also going to have two on the front and two on the back. Which is going to total eight different tie-down points. So this bag is going to be very secure.Now with this bag, you're going to have 8.5 cubic feet of storage space, is going to be a really good amount to get your actual cargo loaded up in the bag. If the 8.5 cubic feet doesn't really paint a good picture for you, and you want to decide if this will fit your cargo basket or your cargo carrier, we'll give you the dimensions of it. It's going to be 43 inches long, by 31.5 inches wide, and it's going to be 11.5 inches tall.Now, with those dimensions I gave you, that is going to be when the bag is in a perfect box shape, and that meaning that the seams right here are flat on the ground, the corners are fully popped out.

The bag is flexible, so you can see what we have loaded up, we have more height to our bag right now. So it kind of has a dome on top, which is perfectly okay. The bag is flexible and it can do that. But one thing you want to keep in mind, if you have your bag set up like we do you, we are losing a little bit of that length and width.Now, if you've liked what you've seen so far with this bag, but you're not quite sure if it's going to be big enough for your needs, there are two bigger sizes available from Rhino-Rack. Like I said, this one's going to be 8.5 cubic feet of storage space.

The next one up is going to be 12 cubic feet of storage space. And then an even bigger one is going to be 17.5 cubic feet of storage space. So go ahead and check out our website if that's something you're interested in.Now, like I said, this bag is going to be waterproof. It's got a really nice tarpaulin fabric construction that's going to be very durable, make sure no water or other dirt and debris gets inside the bag. And it's going to resist tears and snags, so it's going to be around for the long haul for any vacation you want to take.

We also have a flap with hook and loop fasteners covering up our zipper right here. This is a really nice touch they added to make sure that no water can come up, get to your zipper, which could cause some leakage inside the bag. You see how that flap comes over, completely covers our zipper. When the rain falls and runs down our bag, it's going to run right over top of the flap, goes straight down to the bottom of the bag. You won't have to worry about that water getting up underneath.Now, these buckles are going to be very durable. You're not going to have to worry about them getting damaged at all from the elements. They're going to keep your bag very secure, very easy to operate you can see, just like a normal buckle. Just push those tabs in and it comes right out. When you're ready to secure it, just push it in, and then cinch sits down your bag. The zipper is going to go around three sides of the bag, so it's going to make for very easy loading and unloading. So once we get that off, we can just flip the lid up, and look inside.Now, as you can see, we just had an air mattress in here. We put it inside and aired it up, it just paints a really good picture of what it's going to look like when it's fully inflated, but I'm going to go ahead and remove the air mattress so we can have a look and see what it looks like when it's empty.Now with the bag opened up, you can see it's very spacious on the inside. And even with this being the smallest version, you're still going to be able to get a good amount of equipment up here. Whether it's small luggage, maybe it's an outdoor equipment that you want to pack up, get it inside the bag and protect it from the elements. And also let's take a quick look at the backside. You can see how these straps are integrated onto the bottom of our bag. They got really nice stitching right there, very strong. So you can really pull on it and get a good amount of pressure on that strap to make sure your bag stays secure for the trip.Now, overall this bag is very high quality. I really like how durable it is. I feel very confident about putting my cargo in here, and knowing that it's going to be dry when I get to my destination, even if I experience a heavy dose of rain.Now, if you're still a little bit unsure, you want to do a little bit more research and look into some other bags, I suggest maybe going in and looking at Rightline Gear's line of bags. They got a ton of different ones available. These are going to be very similar in design and construction. One thing I will say about the Rhino-Rack one, is that the flap that covers our zipper is a little bit longer. So it's less chance of water getting up and into the zipper. However, with the Rightline Gear, that one you can actually mount it to a naked roof. You don't need a cargo basket or a cargo carrier. You can have a strap to secure to your raised side rails, or even a hook, to mount it to you just straight naked roof. Whereas, with our Rhino-Rack, you do need a cargo carrier or a cargo basket, due to how the straps are set up.And when it's not in use, it folds up in the stores very easily. It's not going to take up as much space as the basket or may even a cargo box would, you can store it in a closet, in your garage. And especially with this drawstring bag is going to make that very easy. Well, thank you all for watching, but that's going to do it for a look at the Rhino-Rack Rooftop Cargo Bag..


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