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Date Registered: 07-2013
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
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Roof basket cover


Hi All,

I'm wondering if I have just had a million dollar idea, or whether it's just a stoopid idea (and that's why nobody seems to do it), or whether I just haven't looked hard enough lol.

When I pack my roof basket, I generally like to cover it with a tarp and then tie the whole lot down with some ratchet straps. I do this for a few reasons:

(a) to stop things from getting too soaked if we happen to pass through any rain;
(b) to stop things possibly flapping around and self-destructing; and
(c) to try and mitigate the risk of losing something en route.

After the thing is all strapped down, I usually end up running a few occy straps around to make sure any flaps, folds and corners are secure from flapping about as this will tend to destroy the tarp.

To me, this seems like a crazy amount of effort that could be made much easier with a sort of heavy duty canvas or pvc cover (1400x1100x300 to suit my roof basket) that I could just drop over the basket once it's packed, and then strap it down. There could even be a few eyelets along the bottom edge to help secure it and keep it looking neat on top.

I'm not interested in roof bags as packing one of those from ground level seems, to me, like too much hard work; I just want to lift things up and drop them over the edge into the basket.


I'm probably going to end up getting one made up because I can't really find anything like this on the internet. But this makes me wonder why something so simple isn't already available?


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Date Registered: 10-2006
Location: Mona Vale, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
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Packing a luggage bag is no more difficult than packing a roof basket, as the bag should have full-length zips to completely open it when packing and then just throw the top over and zip it up before securing it to the basket with the straps.

If you had a cover instead then water could still splash up underneath from the roof.

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Date Registered: 07-2013
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Thanks Kev, that's encouraging to know that the bags aren't as big a pain to pack as I imagine. Still darned expensive though, as well as a finite capacity.

I don't worry too much about a bit if splashing or dust as I only put items in the basket like the tent, tarps, camp tables, mats, treds or fuel. Items like sleeping bags, clothing etc always stay inside the car.

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hi David, i got a bag made for our basket and we carried light gear in it inflatable matress sleeping bags cloths and pillows, i stood on running board and the wife passed up the gear, i had it made so it would not leak and it is great.. 2006 cost $200 .. Ray
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Date Registered: 08-2012
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I've got a bushranger bushpak bag strapped to my roof platform when touring. For a whole month, it didn't come off, I just packed everything into it, although i carried a wheel step to make things a lot easier. It had a zipper that ran over 3 sides, so was dead simple to back, and kept everything bone dry.

I was the opposite - all the bedding, sleeping bags, speedy tents, bulky jackets, sleeping mats went on the roof to keep the centre of gravity as light as possible. Chairs, tables, food etc. was kept in the car and water in the foot wells to get as low as possible.



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