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Choosing the Right Hitch Cargo Carrier Bag

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Choosing the Right Hitch Cargo Carrier Bag


Hey there cargo haulers, Dustin here at etrailer.com. Today, we're gonna be taking a look at some of our cargo bags for cargo carriers, what you might be looking for in those. We're gonna compare and contrast some of them, see what maybe the best options are for you, or maybe you've seen cargo baskets on the back of vehicles before going down the road, and everything's just kind of strapped in there. It looks kind of precarious. Cargo bag is going to help you keep everything nice and tidy and secure in your cargo basket. You're not gonna have to worry about anything falling out going down the road, not gonna have to worry about the elements, and it's just gonna give you a cleaner look.

Some things you'll want to consider when shopping for a cargo bag for your cargo basket are one, the size of your hitch-mounted cargo basket. You're gonna want to make sure that you have a bag that's gonna allow you to maximize its capacity. You'll also want to consider the material it's made of and whether or not it's waterproof or water resistant. Also we'll cover some of the other features you can expect to find, such as hook and loop covers and how well the zippers work. So I've gone ahead and pulled some of our most popular offerings from our warehouse.

We have ones from Reese, Rightline, Rola, CargoSmart, and over here we have our etrailer cargo bag. Now our etrailer branded cargo bag is definitely the biggest one. At 20 cubic feet, you can fit just about everything your family could need for a road trip in here. Get it outside of the vehicle, feel secure that it's gonna be safe going down the road. It is a nylon construction, which does feel very good.

I will say that the construction is water resistant, but not waterproof, meaning that some rain, some water is gonna be fine, but it's not submergible. This is not something you're gonna want to take offroading or anything like that with prolonged exposure to water, but a little rain, not gonna hurt it at all. I do like the included tie-downs, that's very nice touch. You don't have to pick up anything extra, but you will find that most of our offerings actually include some form of tie-down system along with them, so it's not unique to the etrailer bag. Taking a look on the inside, I do like the flap with the hook and loop attachment.

That's going to protect our zipper. That's actually, believe it or not, one of the most important components is the zipper, 'cause we all know as soon as the zipper fails, this thing's pretty much trash. So having a good zipper is something that's very important. It feels very easy to use, easy glide on it. I feel like it's gonna hold up for quite some time, and once we get inside, we can see we've got plenty of room for whatever it is we need to haul with us on our trip. Now it's not your typical road trip, but this is everything I had in there. And honestly, I feel like I can fit even more. This is the Pro Series Amigo cargo bag from Reese. At 15 cubic feet, it's a little smaller than our etrailer one. You can see everything that we had in our etrailer bag that we we're not able to fit into the Amigo. That is the biggest difference, is the size, but a couple of little annoyances with this one, for me, we're the end here is so fat, it makes it hard to get through the strap here. It does, again, it has the same strap down feature like most of these do, but the etrailer one was definitely easier to thread through. Other than that, it's pretty comparable in terms of its water resistance. Again, not waterproof, water resistant. It's vinyl construction. This one actually feels very good, like it's going to last for a long time. This top feels much thicker to me, and the zippers as well, same hook and loop design here. Nice big zippers, very easy-to-use zippers. I do like the holes on these are a little bigger than the etrailer one, and since there's two of 'em, you could get a padlock through there to be able to make this more secure. Other than that, this one, other than that, I think this is a pretty good choice if you're looking for a medium to medium-large sized cargo bag for your hitch cargo carrier. And here we have our offering from CargoSmart. At 13 cubic feet, it's a little smaller than the previous one and quite a bit smaller than our etrailer bag. Over here you can see everything we weren't able to fit in it that we we're able to fit in our etrailer bag. So far, this one has my favorite straps out of all of them. There's only three straps instead of six like the other ones, and they secure over the top, and they seem to be much easier to thread and to tighten down. It does have the same covered zipper design like the rest of them. We did notice when we we're loading the up, though, that the zipper did snag a little. It wasn't quite as smooth as the other ones, but it does have the large openings where you could get a padlock through. One thing I will say about this, compared to the rest of them, is it's a much thinner material. It still gives you that water resistance, again, not waterproof, but the other ones had a much thicker, seemingly more durable vinyl to them than this one does. The other thing I didn't really care for on this one is with the other ones, you get three sides of opening up the zipper. Here you only get two sides of opening. The driver's side over here does not open all the way, so you don't have full access to your cargo inside. Now this one may not be my choice, but it's definitely the economical choice if you're just concerned about covering your gear and getting on the road. This is the Rola Wallaroo. If you've noticed the trend, we're getting smaller. This is a nine-and-a-half cubic foot cargo bag, but it has a little trick up its sleeve. It has an expandable zipper. It's not actually unzipped. In fact, it's just in its expanded form, and that allows it to expand up to 11-and-a-half cubic feet. Here's all the cargo we we're not able to fit in the Wallaroo that we we're able to fit into our etrailer cargo bag. The straps on these are still pretty easy to use like most of them, although my favorite is still the CargoSmart. I will say I don't like that the strap is so incredibly long and there's no management for it like we had on the etrailer where we had those hook and loop straps to keep this tidy. Our material seems to be thicker than the CargoSmart, but not quite as thick as both the etrailer and the Pro Series cargo bags, which I would say seemed to be the most durable so far to me. Now, I don't quite know when I would use this second set of zippers. Like I mentioned, it does knock the size down by 2 cubic feet. I guess if you wanted just less to cinch down, if you had less cargo it might come in handy, but for me it's not a real big selling point. Our regular zippers, however, are like all the rest. Just like all of them, you can pass a lock through, a little small padlock through, if you want to. And the zipper seemed to be smooth, no real catching here, so no problems with the zippers on this one at all. Again also same hook and loop flap to keep that zipper protection. But since they did include that second zipper, it would have been nice if they let the flap go down and cover them both as an option. As it stands right now, our second zipper is open to the elements. You can see it doesn't quite take up all the space in our cargo carrier, so if you have a smaller cargo carrier, this might be a good option for you. We do categorize this on the smaller side here at etrailer. And now for something completely different, the Rightline Gear hitch dry bags still fit in the category of hitch cargo carrier bags, but as you can see, these take a wildly different approach. That's kind of why we saved them for last. You'll notice there's no extra gear out here. That's because we we're able to fit it all in here. They have a massive storage capacity at 17 cubic feet apiece for a total of 34 cubic feet. But as you can see, it's not the traditional boxy style bag. These are actually dry bags, which if you're familiar with dry bags, like from camping, same concept. These are our waterproof option. The other ones have all been water resistant. These are waterproof, so if they get submerged in water, should be good to go. They do take a different approach. There's no zippers at all. They feature a strap and buckle secure method, much like your dry bags, where you're used to rolling them over and then clamping them together. Same story here. And then our straps run over the top to secure our dry bags into place. Unlike the other ones, these are not only perfect for your cargo carriers, but they're also gonna be great for truck beds as well. The material on these is a polyester, and while it is waterproof, it's very thin unlike the thick vinyl on all of our other ones. This one I can easily see something sharp poking through, so if you have some camping gear in there with maybe some tent stakes and it poked through, I could definitely see that being a problem. And in that instance, you've pretty much lost your waterproof capabilities. As long as you're careful, though, I think it's gonna to be a great waterproof addition to your cargo carrier. One thing I don't like about this compared to the others is how high they can potentially stack up. Now that's really up to you, but if you're wanting to use this to its maximum potential, they do stack up pretty high. And as you can see here, it's pretty much blocking my tail lights back here. In this instance, I might need to add some functioning taillights to the back of my cargo carrier so that I can remain legal. Innovative, interesting design, however, and if you're not opposed to something a little different, these can be a great option for you. Now there was one more cargo bag I wanted to share with you today. Unfortunately it's not in stock, but that is our Curt cargo bag. And the reason I bring that up is because it is a traditional style, but it is waterproof. So it looks a lot like the first four we we're taking a look at, but with a waterproof design. That one is 15 cubic feet, so it's gonna be about on par with our Pro Series in terms of size, but you're gonna get that waterproof material if that's important to you. Final thoughts on what we looked at today in terms of overall quality, I would say the etrailer and the Pro Series bags are right on par. They have that thick vinyl material. They really felt good. The zippers worked well on those, and I liked that they include the strap so you can get them tied down. It's pretty much a tie between those for my favorite one, although I would like to point out that the etrailer does have an extra 5 cubic feet of space, so if you've got a larger carrier, that might be the one for you. If you have a smaller carrier, I would go with the Pro Series. If you're looking for the most capacity possible, it's our Rightline Gear bag. And those are a unique design, but you can see that could be a little awkward depending on your exact setup. It may or may not be right for you. If no water at all is important to you, that's the way to go, and if you've got some truck beds, you might be tossing those in, that would be the way to go as well. And finally I will give a special mention to our CargoSmart bag as the economical choice if you just want to get something on your cargo carrier and hit the road. Now of course we have plenty of other hitch cargo bag options available here at etrailer. That was just a look at some of my favorites and some of the best in each of our facet categories. Well thanks for hanging out, and I hope this helped..


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