Packing 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 1 and Fig 2), please unscrew your license plate and place it into the sleeve opening located inside the Cargo Saddlebag.
Assemble the bottom pole frame in the pole guides on the underside of the carrier (Fig 3).
Make sure the individual segments of the pole frame are firmly locked together by checking the pole buttons (Fig 4). Fold the Velcro closure over one end of each pole (Fig 5).
You may load the Cargo Saddlebag on the ground or while suspended from the back of your vehicle. 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. Make sure your roof rack is anchored to your vehicle and don’t exceed its weight limit.
Closing The Cargo Saddlebag
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 system and fold the protective flap down (Fig 6). The Rightline Gear Car Top Carrier Cable Lock (Fig 7) 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.
Attaching 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 (Fig 8) or the (2) side rails. Make sure the roof protection pads (Fig 9) are face down on the top rear corner of the vehicle.
Buckle the long side straps into the short side straps (Fig 10), testing that it 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). Adjust each strap’s plastic tri-glide so that no excess strap material will flap in the wind (Fig 11).
Attaching The Cargo Saddlebag To The Vehicle - WITHOUT A Roof Rack
Add the Rightline Gear Saddlebag Car Clips (Fig 12) (sold separately) to the long side straps (Fig 13). Please see the Saddlebag Car Clips instructions for more detail.
Place the Car Clips in the gap between the vehicle’s rear hatch door and roof (Fig 14). Make sure the protective pads are face down on the top rear corner of the vehicle (Fig 15).
Buckle the long side straps into the short side straps (Fig 16). Adjust the overall length of the straps so that the bottom of the carrier is level with the top of the bumper (Fig 2).
Adjust each strap’s tri-glide so that no excess strap material will flap in the wind (Fig 17).
Attaching The Bottom Straps
Run the (2) smaller bottom straps through the guides on the bottom of the bag and attach them to the tow hitch, bumper, or to something underneath the bumper (Fig 18).
Adjust each strap’s buckle (Fig 19) and tri-glide (Fig 20) so that no excess strap material will flap in the wind.
Attaching The Belt Strap
If you are unable to attach the smaller 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 21). Buckle the ends of the strap together on the inside of the vehicle and pull the (2) tri-glides tight (Fig 22).
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. Remove and separate the bottom pole frame and place the pieces inside the folded luggage carrier and place all together into its stuff sack (Fig 23) for convenient storage after your trip. The stuff sack has a draw string closure.