Storage Bags for Roof Racks

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 18:06
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Hi all,

Any suggestions/recommendations on bags to store extra bits & pieces on the roof rack. Preferably water proof, strong & value for money.

Thanks in advance
Phil P
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Reply By: Member - Frank - Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 19:58

Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 19:58
This may make it worse I just got back from caravan and camping show
adelaide ( sore feet ) I saw several options for what your talking about
most of the people that sell roof fixtures have waterproof bags of some
discription I was dealing with halls canvas goods for a new bag for my
tent they never seen to fit back af the first time you take them out

I am sorry be I can not remember the other companys but chase the link
for roof fixtures and you will get leads I am sure

frank CBS
Cant Bl**dy Sitstill
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Reply By: arewethereyet2 - Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 21:13

Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 21:13
Try Nans Tarps at Lidcome at Sydney they built us a canvas bag to suit a A.R.B Tradesman roofrack for our G.U. zipper 3 sides excellant service and excellant product , waterproof and dustproof.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Feb 29, 2004 at 22:01

Sunday, Feb 29, 2004 at 22:01
And the magic question...How much?Life ISN'T like a box of chocolates...it's more like a jar of jalapenos.
What you do today, might burn your bum tomorrow."
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Reply By: Lyds - Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 22:07

Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 22:07
I have a rack sack (bushmans).

Its OK. But not quite waterproof.

Also, if you store anything hard or weighty in it, it can rub against the metal roofrack as the gear moves around and wear through. I cut up a foam camp roll to put under it and that helped

Cheers,
Stuart
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Reply By: Roachie - Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 22:09

Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 22:09
My wife bought me a RackSack from Bushranger a few years ago (on my request as a birthday present). It sort of does the job; but could not be classed as either water or dust proof.....I wouldn't buy another one the same.
Cheers,
Roachie
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 22:43

Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 22:43
Another one against the bushranger one.. Borrowed a mates one, when I got home, everything inside was soaked, as it had ripped like a bit if wet dunny paper.. Cost me a new one for him.

Goto a canvas place get a custom made one done. WONT be cheap...
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Sunday, Feb 29, 2004 at 08:37

Sunday, Feb 29, 2004 at 08:37
Same thing happened to me - $200 for an old sack with sticking zip and lots of holes.Bob
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Follow Up By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Sunday, Feb 29, 2004 at 12:26

Sunday, Feb 29, 2004 at 12:26
Same used it ones & leaked like a sieve so took it back & got my money back.Regards Bob
Where to next
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Reply By: Crackles - Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 22:51

Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 22:51
Southern Cross make a sturdy canvas bag and will custom sew it to fit any rack and at a reasonable price too. I am however yet to find a rack sack that is both waterproof and doesn't get condensation. To avoid both problems I pack everything in sailing bags. I use a layer of plastic corflute to stop the bag wearing on the roof rack. A quality zip is one of the most important features to look for.
Craig....................
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Follow Up By: flappan - Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 09:03

Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 09:03
I've also got a Southern Cross Roof bag , 6ft X 4ft from memory. I've been REAL happy with it . . . hasn't leaked, no dust , yet, and its been thru torrential rain.

I was warned off Bushranger bags, and it seems with good reason.

Oh yeah, mine cost about $300 I think.
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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 23:00

Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 23:00
Hi Phil
Try http://www.michellessacs.com.au/
you can get them at ARB
regards
Richard
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Reply By: lazylcd - Sunday, Feb 29, 2004 at 00:58

Sunday, Feb 29, 2004 at 00:58
BODY BAGS,

Yup, body bags, 6 foot long, 3 foot wide, place one of those cheap rubber lilo sleeping mats under then (outside), to stop the rack rubbing through, a couple of holes in the rubber to drain any water that happens to lie between the rubber and the bag, place 1 body bag inside another, they zipper on 3 sides , great for keeping your sleepingbag, pillows, etc dust free and dry, will compress when you place a ratchet strap across then, and they pack smaller than a 6 x 4 tarp, if u get a hole in 1.

but it does help if u know someone in the body moving field, like your drug dealers, mobsters or a friendly nurse :o)
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Feb 29, 2004 at 09:06

Sunday, Feb 29, 2004 at 09:06
Sound good, but you wouldn't want to use a 2nd hand one?

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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Feb 29, 2004 at 22:03

Sunday, Feb 29, 2004 at 22:03
Second hand ones are cheaper, unless you are on the inside looking out!Life ISN'T like a box of chocolates...it's more like a jar of jalapenos.
What you do today, might burn your bum tomorrow."
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Reply By: Member - Bear - Sunday, Feb 29, 2004 at 10:07

Sunday, Feb 29, 2004 at 10:07
We found the Bushranger bag to be great.
3 others kept getting moisture in there bags but we had no problems.

Bear
BEAR
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Reply By: Stuart - Sunday, Feb 29, 2004 at 19:05

Sunday, Feb 29, 2004 at 19:05
l borrowed a friends on a trip up north (he is a reapolstera - l think that is how it is spelt), it was made out of the same material that tauno covers are made from, no leaks or dust, but he did say it would be pricey to make another even at mates rates! so l will keep using his!!!

regards.......Stuart
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Reply By: ceredig - Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 10:07

Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 10:07
I made my own.
A blue tarp with gaffa tape all the way round. Worked well for a season.
What i now have is a bag made from that tough black industrial plastic thats used for going underneath concrete. Its perfect. I made it the same size as the roof rack and keep matresses and sleeping bags in it. Its perfect, cost $12. Don't forget to make it a bit bigger than you need and use the sticky tape that goes with the plastic. I use four ropes over the top of it, one each at front and back and two other that probably aren't needed.
have fun.
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Reply By: Andrew - Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 13:06

Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 13:06
Hi all

I have done a little research while chasing one of the rack bag type hold alls for family use. Apart from the home made variations (very innovative) ther seem to be two types, canvas and the heavy duty vinyl look material.

It has been suggested that the "vinyl" type (would also apply to any totally sealed product) are totally waterproof, however they suffer from sweating caused by moisture trapped inside whatever you have loaded it with. This can lead to mildew and similar warm moist air problems when they are used in warmer climes and not aired regularly. Read daily in some cases.

Canvas types should be treated like swags or tents in that they have to go through the total soaking and then drying out routine to become waterproof. ie its all in the pre trip preparation. They are not waterproof as supplied and the manufacturers usually tell you this as well as the correct soak and dry technique.

Of course this won't make up for crap zips and bad stitching.

Canvas does have the advantage in that it breathes and apparently does not suffer from the mildew problem even in the tropics.

They all suffer from abrasion on roof racks etc if stuff is not packed properly. They should apparently be stuffed with extra light gear (sleeping bags, clothes etc) so they keep their shape and to stop stuff moving around inside and to stop the bag moving on the rack.

I haven't used one but the info above fits the experience of friend swho have.

regards
A
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