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. If you are planning to use the Cargo Saddlebag’s license plate sleeve (Fig 8 and Fig 9), please unscrew your license plate and place it into the sleeve opening located inside the Cargo Saddlebag.
You may load the Cargo Saddlebag on the ground or while suspended from the back of your vehicle. Most people find it easier to load 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 maximum load capacity of the Cargo Saddlebag is ~ 100lbs. Don’t exceed the weight limit 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, packing softer items around them. Close the zipper and fold the protective flap down (Fig 10). 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 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 12), it may be necessary to move the cross bar towards the rear of the vehicle. If using the side rails (Fig 13), run each strap from the inside to the outside of each rail.
Make sure the roof protection pads (Fig 14) are face down on the top rear corner of the vehicle.
Buckle the long side straps into the short side straps (Fig 15), testing that the buckle is 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 plastic tri-glide as far toward the strap’s loose end as possible, tying off any extra strap so that it will not flap in the wind (Fig 16). To easily adjust the tri-glide’s position on a strap, take the weight of the Cargo Saddlebag off the strap by lifting the end of the Saddlebag slightly or by momentarily unbuckling the strap.
Attach The Cargo Saddlebag To The Vehicle - WITHOUT A Roof Rack
Add the Rightline Gear Saddlebag Car Clips (Fig 17) (sold separately) to the long side straps (Fig 18). 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 19). Make sure the protective pads are face down on the top rear corner of the vehicle (Fig 20).
Buckle the long side straps into the short side straps (Fig 21), testing that the buckle is 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 plastic tri-glide as far toward the strap’s loose end as possible, tying off any extra strap so that it will not flap in the wind (Fig 22).On some vehicles, proper adjustment may require the tri-glide to be moved to the other side of the pad (Fig 20) To easily adjust the tri-glide’s position on a strap, take the weight of the Cargo Saddlebag off the strap by lifting the end of the Saddlebag slightly or by momentarily unbuckling the strap.
Attach The Bottom Straps
Run each of the (2) bottom straps through the (2) guides on each side of the bag. Attach them to the tow hitch, bumper, or to something underneath the bumper (Fig 23).
Adjust each strap’s buckle (Fig 24) and tri-glide (Fig 25) so that no excess strap material will flap in the wind.
Attach The Belt Strap
If you are unable to attach the bottom straps to the lower part of the vehicle, you can use the large strap as a belt. The belt strap can also be used in conjunction with the bottom straps for added support.
Run the belt strap around the vehicle’s rear hatch door, shutting the door over the (2) strap ends (Fig 26). Buckle the ends of the strap together on the inside of the vehicle and pull the (2) tri-glides tight (Fig 27).
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. Accessories such as the door, 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 28). The stuff sack has a draw string closure.