Rightline Gear Cargo Saddlebag Customer Reviews
22 Customer Reviews
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The Rightline Gear Cargo Saddlebag is a patented cargo carrier that rests on the back of your vehicle, WITH or WITHOUT a roof rack. The rear vehicle location allows for easy loading and access to your gear, and because it produces no aerodynamic drag, it saves $$$ at the gas pump. Perfect for SUVs, minivans, and crossovers with a distance of 40” between rear tail lights. Bottom pole frame provides structure and rigidity for bag. Purchase the Saddlebag Car Clips (sold separately) to attach to rear hatch doors on vehicles without a roof rack.
Crafted of super-durable PVC-backed polyester Hydrotuff fabric, the Cargo Saddlebag is designed to hit the trails for years to come. Plus, the vinyl backing helps keep your gear dry on the rainiest road trips.
The Rightline Gear PackRight Cargo Saddlebag hangs from your vehicle’s luggage rack and straps to the bumper or hitch for added stability. Rightline includes all the straps and hardware you need to mount the pack and keep your gear secure. Plus, your Cargo Saddlebag is backed by Rightline Gear’s 1-year warranty.
22 Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Tom H (Mars, PA) — Aug 05, 2013 10:59 AM
Used the saddle bag for a 800mile trip -did what it was supposed to do -- I made a pvc pipe frame and added a support bottom out of foam insulation board which made installation a 5 minute job!Pay attention to the 100lb weight limit especially for vehicles that do NOT have a roof rack
Reviewed by Ken N (SAINT AUGUSTINE, FL) Reviewed for a 2005 Toyota Sienna — May 30, 2013 5:00 AM
We are traveling from Florida to Maryland and then New York and need all the space we can get. We considered a rooftop carrier but didn't want the hit on mpg. This bag holds quite a bit and is easy to set up. I just wish it came with poles for the sides in addition to the ones on the bottom. Not a huge issue, though.
Reviewed by Lynne F (EVANSTON, WY) Reviewed for a 2003 Toyota Highlander — Jan 10, 2013 7:29 AM
Tried to install before winter travel and gave up. Temperature was in 20's and zippers were almost impossible to zip around corners, fabric was rigid and strap adjustments extremely difficult in those conditions. Had to give up and not use this as planned. These problems may be only cold-related, but even in warm temp's, installation is a two person job and you'll need a ladder or someone 6'+.
Reviewed by Maureen S (Arlington Heights, IL) Reviewed for a 2008 Mazda 5 — Jan 05, 2013 10:37 AM
We came across the saddlebag on our search for a roof rack carrier and we could not be happier we opted for this product. We needed extra storage to haul Xmas gifts and this was just right for the job. We have a Mazda5 and purchased the car clips as well. We got the new redesigned saddlebag with metal frame, we made a rounded corner plywood bottom like most review suggest, and by far it gave the bottom of the bag a sturdier surface to work with. Buy the bag, you wont regret it! Happy travels!
Reviewed by Lisa H (Marietta, GA) Reviewed for a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica — Nov 15, 2012 8:56 PM
We just started our cross country trip a few hours ago. I guess luggage shifted and, somewhere along the line, the belt going around the bag hit the ground. The clasp is gone and the belt frayed up. Is it possible to get a new one? Please email me ASAP. Maybe we can get it for the return trip. *Suggestions for easier installation. Claps for all straps- even those on bottom. The side of the bag needs something to let the strap going around go thru to hold it in place if luggage shifts.
Reviewed by Joseph V (Orange, CA) — Aug 26, 2012 4:54 PM
We have a large SUV with 2nd row "captains chairs." On a long trip with a full passenger load we needed a cargo option without struggling with a roof top cargo carrier. Purchase early enough to refine your installation before the first use. Buy the waterproof liner and max out the load for best performance. It has a small footprint for transport or storage.
Reviewed by Sue R (MICHIGAN CITY, IN) Reviewed for a 2002 Chevy Suburban — Mar 08, 2012 7:28 AM
Well we just got back from our travels from Indiana to Colorado. We have a Suburban and wanted to camp in the car so we wanted something to keep everything together but out of the car. This was great We were in all different types of weather and it was perfect! The packright kept everything dry and safe and very easy to get things out of when we needed them. The construction is wonderful. It dries very fast! Before we bought the packright we borrowed a hitch-haul from my Son so we did use that also, so it set perfectly on it. It was easy to install and the straps held up even in the 40 mph winds we encountered. We liked the idea about the license plate pocket and used it. We also got alot of compliments on it. People were asking where we got it. I would recommend the packright to everyone! Thanks for a great product
Reviewed by Julie R (Nova, OH) — Sep 14, 2011 2:44 PM
Like others have suggested, we cut a 5/8 in. thick piece of OSB for the bottom as support. We knew we would be packed out to the max. allowed weight. What I liked vs. roof-top cargo carriers is that it is easy to put items in & out of. Odd shaped things like chairs, baby items, etc fit right in because of the 'give & take' of the sides and top. We fit a lot more than I expected by rolling towels and other light-weight items to fit in and around our other cargo. This carrier is definitely water proof! We went through a lot of rain over 400 miles and I was expecting the worst when we got home (the bag did sag a bit at that point due to the water) but the inside was bone dry!! We got a lot of stares from people wondering what the heck it was, but we just said they had "Bag Envy"! LOL Oh... best part is we got TOP fuel mileage in our SUV despite being packed out and going through mountainous terrain. You will like this product - good value!
Reviewed by Eric C (Mason, OH) — Sep 14, 2011 6:48 AM
The value for what it holds is excellent. Much cheaper and easier to store when not in use than the hard shell top carriers. You also don't loose the MPG as you do with the top carriers. Based upon reading other reviews, I cut a thin piece of plywood to ensure a solid bottom and also bought some PVC piping and connectors to create a square top and 4 legs to ensure that the bag would hold its square shape. This was very cheap and worked out perfectly. The bag stays square to load in on the ground and keeps its shape when put on the car. The PVC just pulls apart for easy storage and the piece of plywood as well. You do loose access to the back of the vehicle during travel but that was not an issue at all. Installation on the car is easy but required 2 people for sure....the plywood in the bottom makes in easy for 2 to lift it into place and allow the bottom to rest on the bumper. One person can then hold it on the bumper in place while the other manages and tightens the straps. Done. Easy access too if needed during a pit stop. I would watch the weight limit. It is big and you can easily put too many heavy items in it. Maybe a few pieces of luggage, then lighter items. Good product.
Reviewed by Pat R (Lyons, CO) Reviewed for a 2005 Honda Pilot — Apr 30, 2011 1:57 PM
It's perfect for my SUV as I live in a fire-prone region, so after putting on the saddlebag, I can load everything that I need in the event of an evacuation. It is light, spacious, and economical. I especially like that it can be folded down into a small box...
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Asked by Anonymous
Jun 24, 2013 3:56 PM
2009 Honda Fit
I am planning on traveling cross country in my Honda Fit and I'm hoping this is the perfect storage solution. But is it compatible with the Fit's Sport dimensions including its spoiler? Thanks~
Answered by Nathan S. — Jun 24, 2013 4:19 PM
Hi, It probably won't fit since it's designed for SUVs and minivans but we do have a great option for you: Rightline Gear Sport Jr. Car Top Carrierflag Accept Answer
Asked by Anonymous
Mar 04, 2013 7:50 AM
2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser
Will this mount safely over the wheel carrier?
Answered by Nathan S. — Mar 04, 2013 11:40 AM
Hi, I wouldn't attempt it. A safer (and better looking) bet is a roof basket.flag Accept Answer
Asked by Anonymous
Jan 25, 2013 8:54 PM
2009 GMC Envoy
Will this fit onto a 2009 GMC Uplander LTS without roof bars
Answered by Nathan S. — Jan 28, 2013 8:56 AM
Hi, A base rack system would be advised to use the Rightline Gear Cargo Saddlebag if you don't have roof rails. http://www.autoanything.com/shop?searchTerm=base+rackflag Accept Answer
Asked by Anonymous
Dec 11, 2012 4:59 PM
2011 Toyota Sienna
We gave a son who must travel in his wheelchair. I love the idea of this process, but would it be at all possible to unhook the lower straps and be able to lift the rear hatch, so we can drop the ramp to roll him out/back in after, say, meals enroute?
Asked by colleen j.
Jun 21, 2012 8:54 AM
2009 Toyota RAV4
can the saddlebag work on a rav 4?
Asked by Kate R.
May 26, 2012 5:29 AM
2008 Nissan Versa
Can this be carried by strapping it to the rear hatch door rather than a rooftop rack?