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There when you need it, stashes when you don't.

Unlike standard cargo boxes which wreak havoc on your gas mileage or take up half your garage even when empty, the Thule Caravan Cargo Carrier collapses into its own storage bag when not in use. Plus, this weatherproof PVC bag fits on any factory or installed roof rack, so you don't have to drop more dough on fit kits. The Thule Caravan Cargo Carrier holds an incredibly 13cu feet of gear on your roof and out of the rain, so you have more room to stretch out during your road trip.

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Will this fit on a 08 jeep patriot?

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Will this fit on a 08 jeep patriot?

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Yes, it should. Enjoy!

5 5

works well

We drove 853 miles it worked great ,it held what we needed, it was secure,and I drove 70mph with no problems.It is worth the money!!!

5 5

Caravan Cargo Carrier

This product delivers just as advertised! Fit great on the car, held what we needed (3 large duffel bags, beach gear, and small items). There was no noise, no slippage, and no discernible reduction in mileage, even at top speed and in the mountains. Great product at a fair price. Customer service was outstanding!

3 5

Worked well

One thing not mentioned is the drag on the MPG of your car lugging this around. It did not leak through a rain storm, and stayed secured. Would buy again, if needed.

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Write your question here...I have a 2 door...

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Write your question here...I have a 2 door Altima without a rack. Which soft side top is recommended?

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I'm looking for a car top cargo carrier...

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I'm looking for a car top cargo carrier that does not require a roof rack but attaches to the drip edges over the four doors. Does anyone still make these? I'd prefer a soft carrier vs. A hard shell one. Where should I be looking?

on average how many suitcases would it...

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on average how many suitcases would it hold

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The Thule Caravan measures 40 x 32 x 18 inches, volume is 13cu ft (368L). This is just shy of 100 gallons of milk, how many gallons of milk in your suitcase?

Is there a maximum speed limit you can...

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Is there a maximum speed limit you can drive with the carrier in place?

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You should be fine driving the posted speed limit even on the highway, it will decrease your mileage by 4mpg or more so plan accordingly.

3 5

Not WATERPROOF

Just letting you know, it's not WATERPROOF

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Chris is correct - the guidelines state it is RESISTANT
http://www.thuleracks.com/instructions/501568300,%20857.pdf

can this caravan carrier be attached to...

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can this caravan carrier be attached to only side rails?

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Write your answer here...If your vehicle does not have raised racks,
DO NOT USE this product.as stated in instructions

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does it have a rigid bottom.and what are...

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does it have a rigid bottom.and what are the dementions on the 13 cu ft bag

I am looking at a car top carrier, the...

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I am looking at a car top carrier, the Thule Caravan appears to fit my needs. Is there a way to lock it to my Tahoe? I see that you have something called Sea to Summit lockable tie downs, would this be something I could use to lock the thing to the top of my Tahoe? Any other suggestions?

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Yes Bill you can even get key locks to lock it down. It will be a very wise investment.

Is weight a concern for the roof? Do I...

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Is weight a concern for the roof? Do I need to get one of the baskets with this? I have a 2006 Honda Pilot, and it only has the side rails. If this thing just rests on the roof, how much can I really pack into it?

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You can't strap this to the side rails, you have to have cross rails. You could probably put in about 100-150 pounds.

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We have had an earlier much cheaper version,...

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We have had an earlier much cheaper version, not the same brand, and during trips the side attachments vibrated so loud inside the van that we became frustrated and never used it again. Is this an issue with this canvas carrier for anyone? We can attach the carrier by front/back or sides. We are considering a hard shell instead unless we find the sides don't vibrate.

so this will really keep my stuff dry on...

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so this will really keep my stuff dry on really long road trips? snow or rain?

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You bet - dry as a bone. It's very well designed.

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From Caravan guidelines downloaded from Thule website: "This bag is WEATHER RESISTANT, NOT
WATERPROOF. Cargo must be packed in
plastic bags if raining." I would recommend a good dry bag like the Sea to Summit eVent if putting clothes,etc in this roof bag.

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Here is the link to the guidelines and installation instructions for this bag: http://www.thuleracks.com/instructions/501568300,%20857.pdf

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we are concerned about the carrier rubbing...

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we are concerned about the carrier rubbing on the top of the car. We have a sun roof and no cross bars so we are unsure about how to keep the carrier off the roof of the car. Tell me more.

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What is the length of this carrier? Will...

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What is the length of this carrier? Will a standard size snowboard fit in this carrier?

5 5

Love, Love, Love It!

We drive from Memphis,TN to the Outer Banks in NC every summer for a family vacation. We'd been looking at the hard shell carriers for awhile for the trip, but didn't want to have the hassle of finding storage space for it when not in use. I came across this bag version and we decided to try it. So far, it is GREAT! I have a Nissan Murano and we had no problem attaching it to the car. We did a "test run" and were able to fit a 2' X 3' storage bin, three beach chairs, a stroller and few other small items. (It looks like it would also accommodate our 2 -year old if necessary :) LOL!)It's also extremely quiet at high speeds. It folds up nicely into the storage bag, too. My only concern is cleaning off the bug carnage we are sure to encounter on such a long trip, but I think it will be ok. This site also had THE BEST price -don't even bother buying elsewhere! Here's some additional info. I found about the carrier:

"The Thule 857 Caravan Roof Bag is the first all-weather roof top cargo bag constructed of environmentally friendly PVC-free durable 600 denier nylon. Enjoy the very generous 13 cu. ft. capacity that'll accommodate all types of cargo loads. In fact, the Thule 857 Caravan roof bag offers virtually the same capacity as hard-shell roof boxes but is more convenient to install, delivers weather-proof performance and is foldable for easy storage. Attaches directly to virtually all factory rack systems (even mounts to vehicles with side rails only & no crossbars), all styles of Thule base rack load bars, Yakima base roof rack round cross bars & other after-market roof rack manufacturers. The 857 Caravan cartop luggage bag is a superb medium-duty storage solution for your car rack when transporting cargo, luggage, camping gear etc. on any multi-day family vacation or day-trip. Durable, rugged and built for years of use in just about any foul weather conditions encountered during car travel."

What does this attach to toward the front...

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What does this attach to toward the front of the suv? Do you have to have cross rails to mount it?

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Attaches directly to virtually all factory rack systems (even mounts to vehicles with side rails only & no crossbars), all styles of Thule base rack load bars, Yakima base roof rack round cross bars & other after-market roof rack manufacturers.