The Rightline Gear Cargo Saddlebag includes the following:
- (1) 2” W belt strap
- (2) 1” W bottom straps
- (1) stuff sack with sewn in set up guide
- (4) bottom poles
- (1) cross pole/junction assembly ((1) short pole connected to (2) T-shaped junctions)
Assemble The Bottom Pole Frame
Assemble the bottom pole frame in the pole guides on the underside of the carrier (Fig 1).
Start by running (2) of the poles through the pole guides into the sewn pole pockets (Fig 2). Attach the cross pole/junction assembly onto the ends of the poles (Fig 3).
Run the remaining (2) poles through the Velcro pole pockets, through the pole guides and into the junctions (Fig 4).
Make sure the individual segments of the pole frame are firmly locked together by checking the pole buttons (Fig 5).
Fold the Velcro closures over the ends of the (2) pole pockets (Fig 6 and Fig 7).
Pack The Cargo Saddlebag
It is important to clean the back of your vehicle first. Unscrew your license plate and place it into the sleeve opening located inside the Cargo Saddlebag (Fig 8 and Fig 9).
Load the Cargo Saddlebag on the ground. This Cargo bag is designed for duffel bags, suitcases, tents, sleeping bags, coats, and other relatively soft and lightweight items. Please avoid coolers or other heavy items. The load capacity of the Cargo Saddlebag is ~ 100lbs. Don’t exceed the load rating of your vehicle’s attachment points.
Pack the cargo bag full, evenly distributing the load. Place items with sharp or pointed edges in the middle and pack softer items around them. Close the zipper and fold the protective flap down (Fig 10), securing the Velcro tabs. The Rightline Gear Car Top Carrier Cable Lock (Fig 11) can be used to secure the cargo bag closed. Run the lock’s cable through the two zipper pulls and adjust it for a tight fit.
Attach The Belt Strap
Open the vehicle’s rear hatch door just enough to run the belt strap around the inside of the door (Fig 12). Make sure the strap is not twisted. Hold the (2) strap ends tight and close the door over the strap (Fig 13).
Let the (2) strap ends hang down (Fig 14). Attach the Cargo Saddlebag to the vehicle per the following instructions (either for a vehicle with a roof rack or for a vehicle without a roof rack). Once the Cargo Saddlebag is attached, buckle the belt strap around the carrier.
Tighten the belt strap by adjusting the tri-glide (Fig 15).
The belt strap is optional if you attach the bottom straps to your vehicle (see "Attach The Bottom Straps").
Attach The Cargo Saddlebag To The Vehicle - WITH A Roof Rack
Loop the (2) long side straps around the vehicle’s luggage rack, either the rear cross bar or the (2) side rails. If using the rear cross bar (Fig 16), it may be necessary to move the cross bar towards the rear of the vehicle. If using the side rails (Fig 17), run each strap from the inside to the outside of each rail.
Continue with the section titled "Adjust the Main Straps"
Attach The Cargo Saddlebag To The Vehicle - WITHOUT A Roof Rack
Add the Rightline Gear Saddlebag Car Clips (Fig 18) (sold separately) to the long side straps (Fig 19). Please see the Saddlebag Car Clips directions for more detail.
Place the Car Clips in the gap between the vehicle’s rear hatch door and roof (Fig 20 and Fig 21).
Adjust The Main Straps
Make sure the roof protection pads (Fig 21 and Fig 22) are face down on the top rear corner of the vehicle. Buckle the long side straps into the short side straps (Fig 23). Test that the buckles are fully engaged. Adjust the overall length of the straps so that the bottom of the carrier is level with the top of the bumper (Fig 2).
Move each strap’s tri-glide as far toward the strap’s loose end as possible (Fig 22). On some vehicles, the tri-glide may need to be moved to the other side of the pad (Fig 21). Tie off any extra strap so that it will not flap in the wind. To easily adjust the tri-glide’s position on a strap, take the tension off the strap by lifting that end of the Cargo Saddlebag slightly or by momentarily unbuckling the strap.
Attach The Bottom Straps
Run the (2) bottom straps through the guides on the bottom of the carrier and around the tow hitch, bumper, or frame behind the bumper (Fig 24).
Buckle each strap’s end together (Fig 25). Adjust each strap’s tri-glide so that no excess strap will flap in the wind (Fig 26).
Cargo Saddlebag Safety Notes
When the car luggage carrier is fully loaded, the straps are snug, and the loose ends are tied off, you are ready to go. We recommend a test drive around the neighborhood before you get underway. Remember to check the straps regularly throughout your trip.
Keep the Cargo Saddlebag and straps away from the hot exhaust system. The rear hatch door and its accessories (e.g. window, wiper, back up camera/alarm, etc.) may not be operable while the Cargo Saddlebag is attached.
Emergency access to the rear door and/or window of your vehicle will be extremely limited when using this product. No occupants in the vehicle should require entry/exit through the rear door while the Cargo Saddlebag is attached. Make sure that you have a clear view through the rear window before driving.
Cargo Saddlebag Storage
The Cargo Saddlebag folds down when not in use. Separate the bottom pole frame pieces and remove them from the carrier. Place the frame pieces inside the folded luggage carrier before sliding it into the stuff sack (Fig 27). The stuff sack has a draw string closure.