Waterproofing the Roof Luggage Bag - Perth.

Submitted: Friday, May 06, 2011 at 16:29
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Dear all,

We are travelling around Australia in a Nissan Patrol, with a Rhino Roof Rack and the Rhino Rack Luggage Bag (Size XL). We bought the Luggage Bag so that we could stick a few extra things up top, knowing that they would be as happy up there as in the Patrol. We were wrong! Whenever it rains, everything gets soaked, so at the next camp we have to get everything down, dry it all out, and hope it doesn't rain for a bit.

We've tried 'lining' the bag with a tarp, but it all still gets soaked. This is now becoming a real pain.

I've thought about maybe getting a tarp over the top, with a cargo net over that....but I've seen the tarps on cars going at 100km an hour, and it doesn't look too great (safety wise as well).

Any suggestions? Does anyone know in Perth of a maker of synthetic 100% waterproof material that would fit over the top, who does a good job, and is not expensive.

Thanks all.
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Reply By: Mr Pointyhead - Friday, May 06, 2011 at 16:50

Friday, May 06, 2011 at 16:50
Pack stuff in Garbage bags ? Or maybe double bag in them ?

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Follow Up By: Wokwon - Friday, May 06, 2011 at 17:19

Friday, May 06, 2011 at 17:19
Maybe scotchguard or other waterproofing agent? Does it get in through the zips, stitching or just leaks in general?

I have a Thule Ranger rooftop bag thing and have driven through torrential rain and everything stayed dry. It wasn't cheap though.
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Reply By: rumpig - Friday, May 06, 2011 at 19:11

Friday, May 06, 2011 at 19:11
i had the same problem with our Bushranger bag, had no such problem with our new MSA bag though.
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Follow Up By: Stu & "Bob" - Saturday, May 07, 2011 at 15:14

Saturday, May 07, 2011 at 15:14
I have a bushranger bag, took it into the desert last year, didn't stop raining pretty much all the time we were in Central Australia.
All the gear in the bushranger bag stayed dry, and clean. We went on the Meereeni loop which was just mud, the rear of the bushranger bag was covered in mud that had been flicked up by the wheels, but all the stuff inside (our bedding) was clean and dry. I did make sure to have the sealed bit to the front, and made sure that the flaps were down over the zipper, but that was about it.

Very happy with the product.

Usual disclaimers etc.
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Reply By: Member Al (Sunshine Coast) - Friday, May 06, 2011 at 19:12

Friday, May 06, 2011 at 19:12
Hello Ligoland, You are probably better to put your belongings in a waterproof bag and then put that inside the existing Luggage Bag. This then would not interfere with the existing fastenings.

Waterproof bags are available from boating suppliers but they are expensive.

Heavy-duty garbage bags are available from some hardware stores and are not expensive. Not the regular bags but much heavier duty intended for garden rubbish.


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Reply By: CSeaJay - Friday, May 06, 2011 at 19:17

Friday, May 06, 2011 at 19:17
I am alittle surprised

We had a roofrack bag that was not dust or waterpreeoof (From OL some years ago)
I replaced it with a Rhino bag and was happy with its dust and waterproofness. If water got in, it would have been a little damp at a few spots but never "soaked"

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Reply By: Tim - Stratford (VIC) - Friday, May 06, 2011 at 20:49

Friday, May 06, 2011 at 20:49

We have a Southern Cross bag & its never leaked.

Did the Rhino bag say waterproof?

Sarah (Tim's wife)
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Reply By: Member - Robbo (QLD) - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 14:08

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 14:08
Know the feeling well. We came back from Moreton Island in heavy rain just before Xmas and our Rhino roof bag was saturated inside and out. Had to dry everything out over the following days.
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