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pinetreeporsche Sun Jul 23, 2017 2:21 pm

I found a brand sold by Home Depot (not sure who makes it) called Highland, and their "13 cu. ft. Rainproof Hitch Mounted Cargo Bag" Looks pretty good, at

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Highland-13-cu-ft-Rainproof-Hitch-Mounted-Cargo-Bag-1041700/203340330
Has anyone used it? Home D doesn't stock them; you have to have them sent (free) to your HD. I'm leaning toward ordering it, and if it's too long, just leave it at my retail HD and get me payment refunded.

campism Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:54 pm

I'd be curious about the actual dimensions since I fail to see how they get 13 cubic feet from the ones listed:

Product Depth (in.) 6

Product Width (in.) 12

Product Height (in.) 10

Depending on the actual size it might be handy for the Westy luggage rack on the roof instead of a hitch mounted carrier.

kamzcab86 Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:32 pm

campism wrote: I'd be curious about the actual dimensions

HD is notorious for incorrect dimensions. A quick Google search lists the actual Highland Cargo Bag dimensions as:

54 inch x 20 inch x 21 inch

Looks similar to the Rola bag I have, which fits fine in both the Westy luggage bin and rear Hitch Haul.

pinetreeporsche Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:37 pm

I'll be the detective on it, then. I'll order one, measure it when it arrive at HD, and keep or give it back, depending. I'll probably have an answer by late in the week.

[email protected] Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:11 am

Check out the Aire frodo. I used one on a resent rafting trip and not one thing got wet after 4 days on the water. I'm new to the westy world and thought this would be a good fit for the roof top.

http://www.aire.com/accessories/water-proof-frodo-bag.asp

Irishcalifornian Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:57 am

Rhino is one of the best

figborg Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:41 am

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Vanobag by Go Westy. I got one last year when it went on sale. I haven't used it yet but it seems very sturdy. Can't say anything about dryness. It's thick plastic material and I'm hoping it does the job in the rain. It can collapse easily.

http://www.gowesty.com/product-details.php?id=4347






figborg Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:03 pm

Also check out the large cargo area bag from this system stocked by CVC :
http://campervanculture.com/shop/westfalia-front-roof-tub-or-roof-rack-storage-system-zip-bag/

Product Dimensions:
Folded: L 450mm (17.3″) x W 380mm (15″) x H 50mm (2″)
Filled: L 450mm (17.3″) x W 1050mm (41.3″) x H 275mm (10.8″)
Weight: 1.46kg (3.4lbs)




Detail from Timwhy photo for cargo area dimensions:

PDXWesty Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:08 pm

Lots of options on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search...+Cargo+Bag

jeffsab Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:01 pm

I am happy with the Rola Wallaroo:
https://smile.amazon.com/ROLA-59102-Wallaroo-Cargo-Bag/dp/B000E7WLJW/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?

Just did 2400 miles with it lashed to the luggage rack, with some light but no heavy rain. I put all my bedding in it. It's pretty easy to unhook and toss the whole bag down at camp, and then repack on the ground and throw it back up on the van. Includes all the straps you need, which match up perfectly to the stock luggage rack mounting hooks. For the price I paid ($43.50), seems like a steal.


vwwestyman Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:50 pm

Happened to get an email ad with this one from Jegs today:

Seems like a pretty inexpensive option. Probably at least good for occasional use I suppose.

http://www.jegs.com/p/JEGS-Performance-Products/JE...71010email

epbiggs Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:10 am

I found a bag that is almost the exact footprint of the luggage rack and has 8 straps that are in the exact location of the built-in tie downs. It claims to be waterproof and UV resistant, but we'll see in the long run how it does. I carry a couple of folding chairs, a rug, a folding table, some leveling blocks and my ARB screen room & 3-wall tent up there and wanted to give some protection from the rain/snow, but especially the harsh Colorado UV rays. As you can see from the pictures, there is a lot more room if I need to put more stuff in there and if I'm willing to have it stick up higher. I'm actually pretty impressed with the quality considering how inexpensive it is. It's only $20 with free (slow - about 2 weeks) shipping from AliExpress in China. It seems to be similar to the Rola but with more straps and less than half the price. In case anyone is interested, here's a link: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000275922154.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.88bc4c4dFTVYEt
You can supposedly get $19 in free coupons by registering here: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/2B9IaXqY
I just installed it this morning and will let you know how it holds up after it's been up there a while.










dobryan Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:41 am

That does look like deal. It will drop your mpg by 1-2 mpg if it sticks up like that.

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=469828&highlight=

epbiggs Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:56 am

I figured having stuff up there would decrease the MPG a bit, but I already had stuff up there, just secured with an elastic net. The sun was taking its toll, so I figured at least there would be some sun and rain protection. Interesting data in your linked post, by the way. Thanks.

kage Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:58 pm

This looks really good and I was on the verge of ordering but I looked at the user agreement with the company that sells it. Maybe I'm naive about this kind of stuff but I felt as if I was agreeing to let them rifle through my computer and just about anything else they were interested in smelling. The allie express one above I mean.

epbiggs Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:16 pm

kage wrote: This looks really good and I was on the verge of ordering but I looked at the user agreement with the company that sells it. Maybe I'm naive about this kind of stuff but I felt as if I was agreeing to let them rifle through my computer and just about anything else they were interested in smelling. The allie express one above I mean.
I never read it, although I hardly ever do read user agreements. I guess I figured they are a huge site and are the retail arm of Alibaba, one of the biggest sites out there. I don't know if that's really a reason to trust them, but I've been doing business on the web for such a long time, and have ordered dozens of items from them. I've never been burned, but should it ever happen, I'll probably start reading the user agreements, lol.

pdm777 Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:51 pm

I was considering a bag...

+low cost
+easy solution
- easy to steal, a target for thieves. 'whats in the bag man' ;-)
- about as secure as a convertible roof, cut the fabric, you're in!

The #1 issue is aerodynamics.
A flappy bag at the top of the windshield is the worst location!

#2 is security.
I need to lock up my chit and not worry about tweakers ripping me off.

I decided to try a used cargo box and place it as far rearward
as possible to get it out of the windstream. Moving the weight back
makes the pop top easy to lift with Bombay heavy duty shocks.
I can use one hand to pop the top!

Photoshop showing height difference before and after
















Jake de Villiers Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:38 am

I did the opposite with my skybox: mounted it more forward to mimic the superior aerodynamic shape of the Dehler Profi high top. I also fill the luggage rack flush to the top with our folding kitchen.

This netted me a gain of ~2 mpg on a 1500 mile trip across southern BC to Alberta and back. A pleasant surprise. 8)

khughes Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:35 pm

Jake de Villiers wrote: I did the opposite with my skybox: mounted it more forward to mimic the superior aerodynamic shape of the Dehler Profi high top. I also fill the luggage rack flush to the top with our folding kitchen.

This netted me a gain of ~2 mpg on a 1500 mile trip across southern BC to Alberta and back. A pleasant surprise. 8)

Folding kitchen? What do you use for that, any info?

pdm777 Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:13 pm

-Jake-
show us a photo of cargo box in forward position.

Cannot visualize how throwing it forward into the slipstream
will improve aero. Doesn't this make popping the top difficult?

Is this what you had in mind? photoshop hack :



I slammed my box right down to the top fiberglas.
Having a box stick up with airflow going under the box is NG for aero.



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