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Rightline Gear Cargo Hatch Saddlebag Review

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Review of the Rightline Gear Cargo Hatch Saddlebag


Speaker 1: Today we're gonna be taking a look at the Rightline Gear Cargo Hatch Saddlebag, part number RL100B90. If you like the idea of a hitch mounted cargo carrier but don't have a hitch, check out the Rightline Gear Hatch Saddlebag. It's also great if you do have a hitch but would like to use it for towing and still need the extra space. It's designed for use with vans or SUVs, it simply attaches to your raised side rails or roof rack system. If you don't have either, no problem, you could pick up the Rightline Saddlebag Car clips with part number RL100605. This will allow you to attach the saddlebags to your vehicle without a roof rack system.

It offers 13 cubic feet of storage space with a weight capacity of up to 100 pounds of gear. Roof top cargo carriers can cause an impact in your fuel economy and they can also create unwanted wind noise and drag.Since the saddlebag sits behind the vehicle in its slip stream, it does not have the same impact on fuel efficiency as roof top cargo carriers. Also, compared to roof mounted options its got a more convenient loading height so you could easily get at your gear. And if your roof is already full, it's a great place to stash additional gear. It's made from a waterproof 600 to near woven polyester.

Here you can see the PVC inner layer that's gonna keep your cargo clean and dry. The base features tent pole like framing to give the bag structure and help support your gear. If you're wondering about security, the zipper poles can be locked using the Rightline cable lock and you can pick that up with part number RL100640. Since it does block your license plate, it does feature a license plate relocation pouch so you can remain legal.Like many of our customers, you're probably wondering if the saddlebag is gonna harm your vehicle. We've checked with the manufacturer and their in-house testing and customer feedback shows that when all the straps are tight the saddlebag will not move.

Since the bad won't move, there's no chance for rubbing that will harm your vehicle's finish. If you're still concerned, you could pick up the non skid protection pad with part number RL100650. This will just sit between the saddlebag and your vehicle. You'll also wanna pay attention to your rear wiper blade, depending on its location, you may or may not be able to use it during your trip. You're gonna be limited to your rear hatch access.

If you have a rear window that can be opened, you may have access to that. Also, you wanna be sure that you don't set your bag so low that it's gonna interfere with your exhaust.Rightline also recommends that you check your straps periodically throughout your trip to ensure that everything remains in place. One of our customers, Ellis, says, "We used this for our vacation this year and it worked wonderfully. In the past we have always used roof top carriers but I always found those hard to maneuver. This is very easy to attach and load and unload plus you can store it in the closet on vacation. Highly recommend." Now let's go ahead and take it out on our test course and see how it performs. First, let's go into our slalom. This is gonna show side to side action such as going around corners or evasive maneuvering. Then on to our solid speed bumps. This is gonna show an up and down action such as pulling in and out of a driveway or out of a parking lot. And then finally onto our alternating speed bumps. This is gonna simulate driving over a pot hole or uneven pavement. When you're all done, it folds up nicely in the included storage bag.Now that we've gone over the features, I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed on your vehicle. The first thing you wanna do is load it up with your cargo. Now you'll wanna open up your vehicle's rear hatch just enough to where we can run the belt strap around the rear hatch door. Now you wanna be sure that it's not twisted. Once we get it around, I'm gonna hold it tight and then I'm gonna close it back up. Now we've ready to set our bag in place. You wanna be sure that your side buckles are unbuckled. With an extra set of hands we'll pick up on the handle on the side, raise it up and begin running our straps. Now our vehicle has raised side rails so what we're gonna do is we're gonna take those side buckles, we're gonna come from the inside, go underneath and come to the outside. I'm gonna bring it back around. Now if you we're attaching it to a cross bar, you would go underneath and then back over. Then we'll just connect it to our buckle.Now you wanna be sure it's not obstructing your rear view. If you need to you can adjust your straps to lower the bag down. With it in place, now we can attach our belt. We'll just bring it around, make sure it's not twisted and then we can tighten it up. Finally, we'll run our bottom straps. So we'll take our strap and we're gonna pass it through the loop here on our bag, just above our frame, then we'll pass it through the next one. From there, I'm gonna go to my hitch but if you don't have a hitch you can go through a toe loop or another secure point on your vehicle. Gonna pull it up, run it through the buckle and then pull it nice and tight. Then we're gonna repeat the same process on the other side. And that's gonna complete our look at the Rightline Gear Cargo Hatch Saddlebag, part number RL100B90.


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