How to pack a car top carrier.
All right! Your vacation has arrived, it's time to
hit the road. Let's pack. What? Aunt Betty is coming along.
Surprise. No one can watch Spot the family retriever so he's coming
too. These kinds of situations come up all the time it's best to be
prepared and have your good 'ol Piggy Pack car top carrier ready to go.
A little bit of planning helps a lot. If
you have never used your Piggy Pack CTC before, plan on taking some extra
time. Read the instructions first. You'll want to take a few minutes to
adjust the straps, position the buckles so they work best for you and your
Think about the gear you want to pack. It's
going on the top of your car, so there's going to be some lifting.
Generally, lighter bulky items are best. Sleeping bags, duffel bags of
cloths, soccer balls, tents, sports gear like masks, fins, snorkels, stuff like
that. Heavy objects like filled coolers, horse shoes, pointy things like
tent poles should probably go inside the car. Stuff you'll use along the
way, like cameras, maps, munchies should go in the car too.
If you have a luggage rack, know its weight
limitation. If you're loading a car top carrier right on the roof of a sedan without a
luggage rack, be aware of the strength of the roof, press it with your hands,
don't cave it in, limit your load. You have to use your best judgment.
Make sure car
clips to attach carriers to cars with no luggage rack on on hand.
Most people pack the CTC on the roof of the
vehicle. Position the opening of the bag so you can easily reach it by
standing in the door, on the tailgate of the SUV, on the tire, or on the tire
step. Watch your balance, take it easy loading one item at a time.
Some people load their car top bag inside, on the
ground or in the garage. This is fine, however consider the loaded CTC can
be heavy and it will most likely take two or more people to lift it on to the
roof top. Don't throw it on the roof and if the bag has handles, make sure
they handle the weight you have loaded.
Pack the bag filling out all the space.
Sometimes you can wedge a coat or jacket into a small pocket of space. You
can unroll a sleeping and fold it long and flat. This can go on the bottom
inside the CTC to help protect your roof. If you do have small or hard items,
put them in the middle with softer items on the out side to keep them from
shifting or rubbing a hole in the CTC. Car top carrier bags that are
packed full, so the material doesn't flap in the wind will last a very long
time. Flapping material, especially if it rubs something hard or sharp
will eventually break down and a hole will develop.
After your CTC is closed properly, strap it to
the car. Make sure the straps are securely fastened to the luggage rack
and to each other. Our StrapRight system puts all the stress on the straps
and the luggage rack itself. This is a very secure method. Other
strapping systems attach to the bag itself, stressing the material and seams on
the bag. In any event make sure the straps are snug. Push hard on
the car top carrier and make sure it doesn't move. Tie off or tuck away any strap ends
so they don't flap in the wind.
Finally, test your load the first couple of times
you use a CTC. Test it at highway speeds. While on your trip, test
the straps when ever you stop for gas or to rest. Sometimes, the load will
shift and you may have to tighten or adjust the straps.
Car top carriers also pack will inside of rooftop
cargo baskets. If you want to keep your gear off of the roof top
consider this option.
Loading and using a car top carrier is a lot like
setting up a tent. Once you've done it a couple of times, it gets easier
Have a good trip. Drive safe.
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