Roof rack bags.

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 13:52
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Hi,

Which is better the Southern Cross canvas roof rack bag or the Bushranger Rack Sack which is made of treated 600 denier polyester fabric? I'm not sure which material would be better for all conditions and for the long term.

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Reply By: Member - Peter (York) - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 14:10

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 14:10
Have a look at Michellesacs.com.au also avaliable from ARB , I havent seen better comes with good tiedowns and a heavy duty base
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Follow Up By: Austravel - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 15:10

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 15:10
Hi Peter,

Tried the link and it won't open, can you please check it. Tried various spelling but to no avail.

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Follow Up By: Wombat - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 15:25

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 15:25
This is Michelle's web address.

www.michellessacs.com.au

Nice lady - great products!
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 14:11

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 14:11
Borrowed a bushranger off mate, it fell apart, I hadda buy him a new one, it was only 18 mths old.

Try the SC one, their tents have the best name around...

YMMV
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Reply By: Member - Dave (Pilbara) - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 15:04

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 15:04
Ive had a Bushranger bag for almost a yearwith no problems. Ive given it a hard time in some of the dustest and then muddy conditions you could imagine.
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Reply By: Roachie - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 15:49

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 15:49
Mate,
I've got a Rack Sack (Bushranger). It does the job okay, but I reckon there are probably better ones around. It has a couple of small rips in it. Condensation can be a problem.....it's not waterproof.
The worst thing about it is the tie down method. If you used it the way they intended, it'd take 15 minutes to do up the 6 straps. What I've done is leave the straps permanently closed with their buckles etc and use short occy straps to hold them onto the mesh floor of my rack.
I shouldn't complain though; it is about 4 years old and my missus bought it for me as a b'day present. It's good to be just able to stick fold-up chairs and other light stuff that won't matter if it gets damp, without having to tie ropes all over the bloody place.
Cheers,
Roachie
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 16:42

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 16:42
I was actually going to buy one of the bushrangers tomorrow when they put my snorkel on, but I was under the impression they were water proof?? How much more expensive is the ARB jobby? I've been quoted $180 for the Bushranger and don't really want to spend much more at this stage if I can help it.
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Reply By: Moose - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 16:48

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 16:48
Have you tried a canvas place? They can make up anything you want to your specifications. Can be made as strong as you want that way.
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Reply By: Austravel - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 17:00

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 17:00
Hi,

Thanks for all the replys. Just for your info, the range in prices for a 1500mmx12000mm roof rack bag are- bushranger $210, Southern Cross $250 (plus postage), local canvas bloke $600 and Michelles (from reply to this question) over $400. I'm sure there are differences between each product but you'd have to check them side by side.

Thanks again.
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Follow Up By: Roachie - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 17:21

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 17:21
Sounds like your local canvas bloke is on an early retirement plan!!!LOL

Roachie
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Follow Up By: blue thunder - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 07:14

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 07:14
I use two southern Cross canvas bags when on trips, they are water proof and have lasted very well. Been using them for over 10 years.

saved some money by getting them direct from Melbourne compared to the prices for the same models in the sydney shops.
I summary they are excellant.

robert
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Reply By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 17:33

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 17:33
We had a Bushranger, lasted 1 trip( leaked like a seive) took it back & got my money back.
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Reply By: Crackles - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 17:37

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 17:37
I've tried both and the zip on the SC is much better and they sew them to your roof rack size. I've torn both materials driving under trees but the canvas is easier to repair. The problem with rack sacks is that if the material is waterproof you will get condesation and if you use a breathable canvas then dampness will rub through. I use plastic corragated cardboard to stop the bag rubbing on the rack and sailing bags to keep the gear dry inside. The SC works for me, Craig.........
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 17:39

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 17:39
I tried a couple of canvas blokes and they were all $350 or higher, bloody rip off. And then they say they are not even close to be water proof!
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 08:31

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 08:31
I've had a SC for about ten years, never had a problem with water ingress although most of our travelling is outback in the winter/dry season.
Any canvas product has to be thoroughly soaked and dried before use to ensure water proofness. We found that bulldust will eventually find its way past the zipper especially if the bag is at the rear of the roofrack. Usually takes weeks though.
I always put a bit of indoor/outdoor/marine carpet under the bag to stop chafing on the roof rack as it doesn't hold moisture and is very tough. Easy to tie down with the four corner ties and if you have a wind deflector shouldn't need any further tying down.
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Reply By: flappan - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 09:07

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 09:07
Another vote for the SC.

I was told of a number of returns of the bushranger bags , so went SC.

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Reply By: Ian B - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 10:00

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 10:00
I've had my Bushranger replaced 3 times (thank goodness for the 5 year warranty!).
The latest model has much improved tiedowns that speed things up but I wouldn't start off by buying a Bushranger RackSack if you are going to do more than local trips or short duration. I'd recommend going canvas and save having hartache 1/2 way through a trip when the RackSack starts falling apart/tears.

Oh, FWIW, my RackSacks all failed to cope with windflow when cruising at 120km/h (in the NT) even though I had a cargo net over the top to stop it flapping.

Grinch
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Reply By: Austravel - Monday, Apr 19, 2004 at 10:37

Monday, Apr 19, 2004 at 10:37
Thanks for all the feedback, looks like it's the SC that gets the vote.
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