Thule 857 Caravan Roof Cargo Bag Customer Reviews
32 Customer Reviews
It’s good for the environment. It’s good for your gear. It’s the Thule 857 Caravan Roof Cargo Bag—Thule’s first weather-protected cargo bag that’s made with PVC-free denier nylon. This Eco-conscious cargo bag gives you 13 cubic ft of storage space, and doesn’t hurt Mother Nature in the process.
More than just a responsible choice, the Thule 857 Caravan delivers all the features you expect from an all-season roof cargo bag. Its fabric withstands the bitterest weather, and the storm flaps with hook and loop seals block moisture from seeping in through the zippers.
Whether you drive a compact hybrid or an SUV, the Thule 857 Caravan Roof Cargo Bag can fit your ride. It attaches right to your factory or aftermarket roof rack or crossbars. It’s a cinch to load and unload the Thule 857 Caravan onto your auto, thanks to its hearty handles. And, the included storage bag keeps your Caravan neatly tucked away when you’re off the road. Lifetime Warranty.
32 Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Leigh T (LAKE PLACID, FL) Reviewed for a 2011 Chevy Suburban — Nov 16, 2013 4:43 AM
We bought this for a camping trip we had out of town. It is great! It held all our blankets, pillows, air mattresses, and tents. I'm so glad we decided to purchase this item!
Reviewed by Clark D (KATY, TX) Reviewed for a 2003 Honda Odyssey — Jul 28, 2013 7:51 AM
We put this on the roof for a drive from Houston to Carlsbad Caverns. It rained. Everything inside got wet. In fact, we had about an inch of water inside after I pulled everything out. The bag only has connector straps in front and back - our car only has side rails so the bag had to sit sideways. Killed our gas mileage. DO NOT BUY THIS BAG!
Reviewed by Kirsten C (WESLEY CHAPEL, FL) Reviewed for a 2008 Nissan Xterra — Jun 16, 2013 9:38 AM
They market this bag as water proof/resistant and it's not. Just drove cross-country and after unloading at a hotel found all of our clothing soaked as a result of water getting into our duffle bags. Took us a couple hours and two hair dryers to get everything dry. I went to a truck stop and got black garbage bags to fix the problem. Everything was great after that. The bag did great from Tampa, FL to Portland, OR. We also invested in a few bungee cords for peace of mind.
Reviewed by Steve H (Dallas, TX) Reviewed for a 2012 Honda CR-V — Jun 11, 2012 8:56 AM
After doing our research, we bought this bag to supplement our packing needs with our 2012 Honda CRV for long vacations. This bag was one third of the cost of the OEM bag (and one quarter the cost if we bought from the dealer). How can you beat that? Piece of cake to setup and use. Highly recommended
Reviewed by Judith M (Huntsville, AL) Reviewed for a 1997 Toyota RAV4 — Oct 03, 2011 8:35 PM
I wasn't expecting a great experience with a canvas cargo bag for the roof of my Rav4. I had over 800 miles to travel and I was stuffing it full. I did manage to keep from over filling it, but I expected to have some noise from the roof. I hear nothing. I secured the straps per others comments and it was quiet. I can state that it did add extra drag to the drive. I did expect that. However, I was still able to maintain decent speeds, sometimes exceeding the limit, but the vehicle responded fine despite the extra cargo on top. I look forward to using it on other trips to go camping or anything else, and freeing up the back space for my dogs to enjoy. They give it 8 thumbs up, wait they don't have thumbs ;o) I'm also disabled and I found it quite easy to adjust. Just make sure it's tight and secure and you'll love it. Also, my items were wrapped in vacuumed bags in case I hit rain. I know it's not waterproof so I planned for it just in case. One thing I did run into, with my vehicle in particular. My roof rack bars were not far enough apart, so per the instructions I let the back end of the cargo bag lay over the rear bar. It was just fine. My contents were pliable to accommodate the position without any damage to the car or contents. Again, no noise despite the spacing issue. Two thumbs up!
Reviewed by Ross N (Overland Park, KS) — Jun 01, 2011 11:36 AM
Used this on a Honda Odyssey with side rails only for a there and back 200 mile (one way) trip. After realizing that the straps were flapping in the wind and banging the roof, secured them better and heard nothing more during the trip. Drove through very heavy rain for a good portion of the trip on the way there, and some water did collect in the bag. But, based on other reviews, had packed the clothing in plastic trash bags and they remained dry. Overall a good value and would recommend it to others.
Reviewed by ALBERT N (Sanbornton, NH) — May 30, 2011 2:45 PM
I bought this not knowing what to expect,WOW I was surprised it set up easy and held a large suitcase and a lot of smaller itemes.And it folded right up into the small bag.Very durable too.The only down side it left more room in the car, so my wife hade to fill it, she went shopping.
Reviewed by Patrick N (Brentwood, TN) Reviewed for a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder — May 28, 2011 7:07 AM
Why the bag itself printed "CARAVAN" on it? It's must be printed THULE and NO "CARANVAN" underneath the THULE logo for general use such as for all SUV, Van.... This must be changed... If put on the roof of the SUV then it looks nonsense appreance wise..........
Reviewed by ryan E (Novi, MI) — Apr 19, 2011 8:07 AM
I bought the Thule transport bag for my Family trip to FL. When we Arrived in FL from Mi our clothes were soaking wet from the rain! We had to set our clothes out for a day while they dried!! Do not buy if your are using it for your suit cases!
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Asked by Anonymous
Jun 13, 2013 4:37 AM
2008 Acura MDX
Can I use this without a roof rack?
Answered by Nathan S. — Jun 13, 2013 9:03 AM
Hi, The bag straps need to attach to something to hold it to the roof. For this product, it's the base rack system.flag Accept Answer
Asked by Anonymous A.
Jul 13, 2012 4:24 PM
Is a roof rack the bars that run along the sides of the roof? Or do I need bars that go across? It says it needs a roof rack?
Answered by Elizabeth C. — Jul 13, 2012 5:31 PM
Hello. The roof rack attaches to your factory rails and is needed for use of the Thule bag. If your vehicle does not have a factory rack, you need to start with a base rack system. Look into the racks by Yakima, INNO, Thule or Rhino-Rack, depending on which brand fits your vehicle.flag Accept Answer
Asked by Emily M.
Jul 06, 2012 12:30 PM
2011 Chevy Tahoe
Just wondering if it is big enough to hold several beach chairs? Would rather put luggage inside in case we run into rain but not sure if it will fit 4-5 beach chairs.
Asked by Ruth J.
Mar 19, 2012 10:42 AM
2008 Cadillac SRX
How many sets of clubs with this hold?
Asked by Matthew T.
Feb 24, 2012 7:06 PM
2004 Cadillac SRX
Are cross bars needed. My Cadillac SRX only has the factory side rails, will this fit my vehicle without purchasing additional parts?
Asked by Joe B.
Nov 07, 2010 12:53 PM
2007 Acura RDX
What are the dimensions of the cargo bag. I would like to pack it with two items that are 38" x 31" x 10" but want to make sure they will fit before buying.
Answered by Rob F. — Nov 09, 2010 10:34 AM
Hey Joe, Great question. The dimensions are 40"x32"x18". Thanks, Robflag Accept Answer