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I am going to get a soft top luggage carrier - the one from Mopar. Hoping I can use the Jeep Compass side rails to attach the soft top luggage carrier to without installing Sports Utility Bar. Any thoughts on this from people familiar with this luggage roof bags?
 

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I don't know if I would want to drive with a weight riding on the roof, I would fear damage.
 

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Same here............and I wonder how you would tie it up..............not to sure this would hold at high speed...........
 

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I would check out the installation photo and see how it's held down. Going straight sideways or slightly up would allow for wind to get under the carrier. That bad new on the highway. I have used and number of carriers and have a new one from CTC but never used that soft one (was on sale about 70% off). My fiberglass Sears carrier has straps that go down and around to hook above the door frame or regular luggage rack. This does not work on some of the new vehicles though. I never tried anything on the compass. Jeep makes their cross rails too expensive and from the ones I;ve seen on Compasses they're too high, like 4-5" above the roof or more it appears. For carrying wood or long items maybe but they do nothing for a roof carrier.
 

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We have a Sears x-cargo carrier that is mounted to our Sable Wagon. The cross bars on that is adjustable. The original straps were worn, and after trying other options, I ended up going to the dollar store, and purchasing 4 nylon dog collars (sized for large dogs). They fit through the fitting, and what we did was wrap the collars around where the side rails and the crossbars meet. The carrier itself lays above the crossbars. For lack of storage, we kept the carrier mounted on the vehicle, and it's been on the Sable for at least 4 years. There is no wear on the nylon dog collars and it is secure. The downside is it supposedly reduces our MPG, but on the flip side, it's easy to pick out your car in a crowded parking lot.

Shortly after purchasing the Compass this summer, I found a soft carrier, never used for a few dollars at a garage sale. I took it out of the box, examined it and read the insert. I doubt that it could be attached securely without the cross bars. Also, I wouldn't want the weight to rest on the roof. The other downside to the soft sided carrier is that it isn't waterproof. I would suggest an x-cargo. We bought ours used, at a yard sale at least 7 years ago, and I think we paid like $40.00 and it was worth every penny. We've gotten so much use out of it. Check Craigslist or E-Bay for a deal.

When we drive from MN to FL and back again, we pack a 2 night bag, for our travel stays, and the 2 night bags go in our vehicle. Our vacation clothes and beach stuff goes in the carrier and isn't touched until we reach our final destiation.

I've researched other options for crossbars, and it appears that we will be buying the Chrysler crossbars before our next vacation. The cross bars are one option that I wish we would have gotten when we purchased our vehicle.
 

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Gatormom; woof woof, dog collars ok.

Caravans used to come with the cross bars but Jeeps did not. No logic there given the Jeeps are all most costly. The roofs usually take a minimum of a 100lbs and are rigged to make them stronger if you look up there. Its the moving around and keep air lift from getting under the soft roof carrier. Mounting to the cross rails as you described is good method if you have them but air does go under and I expect the large woof woof collars are plenty strong!!! The hard carriers are the best for frequent use and especially if you're not taking it down for awhile. Without load and filed a soft top will flop around too much and may cause paint wear. I would not leave a soft top on one emptied.
 

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Never thought about dog collars as a securement device, but definitely a good idea, very creative and functional!

- Cherokee
 

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And it takes a bite out of thinking about it too !!!!!
 
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