Classic Car Top Carrier Set Up Guide

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Packing The Classic Car Top Carrier

It is important to clean the roof of your vehicle first. You may use the PackRight Non-Skid Roof Protection Pad (Fig 1) under the luggage carrier to further protect your roof and to keep the car top carrier from moving.

You may load your Classic Car Top Carrier on the top of your vehicle or on the ground.  Make sure the roof rack is secure to your vehicle and don't load over its weight limit.

The Classic Car Top Carrier should be placed with its closed end facing the front of the vehicle. The carrier is loaded from the rear. Fold back one edge of the luggage carrier to keep the Velcro around the opening from closing during loading (Fig 2). Place any items with sharp or pointed edges in the middle and pack softer items around them. Pack the cargo bag full so that the sides are pulled tight to prevent excess material from flapping in the wind which can damage the bag and cause the load to shift, loosening the straps. Leave at least 12" of unpacked space at the opening of the carrier to allow for easy closure.

Closing The Car Top Carrier

Connect the Velcro tabs on both sides of the Classic Car Top Carriers opening and then secure the top and bottom Velcro pieces together. Roll the opening of the cargo bag toward the gear with at least two or three folds - just like rolling up a bag of potato chips. If the carrier is not at maximum capacity, keep rolling until the bag is tight around the gear.

Bend the two ends of the opening together and clip the buckle (Fig3). Tighten the buckle strap to make sure it is secure. If the Velcro sections do not easily press together or you can't get at least two to three folds, it probably means the Classic Carrier is over packed.

The PackRight Security Cable Lock (Fig 4) can be used to secure the cargo bag on your vehicle. Run the cable through the two fabric loops by the buckle and around the roof rack before re-connecting it to the lock. Adjust the cable for a tight fit so the lock doesn't bounce around. Try to tuck the lock into the end fold of the bag.

Attaching The Carrier To The Vehicle - WITH a Roof Rack

 A properly packed Classic Car Top Carrier should look like the picture below when you are finished.

When using the Classic Car Top Carrier, two straps front to back between the cross bars or two straps side to side between the side rails will function properly, however, using all four straps provides the most secure method of attachment. The Classic Car Top Carrier comes with a Strapright Strap Set (Fig 5).

Attaching The Carrier To The Vehicle - WITHOUT A Roof Rack

If your vehicle does not have a roof rack, you may secure the Classic Carrier to the roof by one of two options:

Option 1: Through The Vehicle

Run the StrapRight Straps (Fig 6) provided with the Classic Carrier through the open doors of the vehicle and around the carrier to secure the load.

The loop ends of each strap connect together to complete the circle (Fig 7). With some larger vehicles, one strap may not be long enough. If that is the case, you can connect two straps together.

Option 2: Using The Car Clip Strap Set

The Car Clip Strap Set (Fig 8) (purchased separately for the Classic Car Top Carrier) is used to attach the cargo bag to the vehicle's door frame. Each Car Clip Strap requires a sturdy ledge inside of the car door opening for connection. You can use a rain gutter, a metal ledge, a ledge under the weather molding, or the outside of the weather molding itself.

Clip the ends of the strap in the open door frame and tighten the strap at the buckle. The door of the vehicle is shut over the clips/straps, securing them in place (Fig 9).

Final Adjustments For All Straps

Each strap’s long piece has a plastic tri-glide (Fig 10) to secure the extra length of the strap so that it doesn’t flap in the wind. Always check straps before driving and tie off any excess length (Fig 11). If the straps are too long, cut off the extra length and melt the cut end to prevent fraying.

Do not attach straps to the side handles as they will cause them damage. The strap tension from one side of the vehicle to the other over the top of the cargo bag secures the load. Position the straps at least 20” apart on each side of the vehicle (Fig 12).

When the carrier is fully loaded, the straps are snug, and the loose ends are tied off, you are ready to go. We recommend a test drive around the neighborhood before you get underway. Remember to check the straps regularly throughout your trip.


The Classic Car Top Carrier comes with a stuff sack (Fig 13) for convenient storage (13" L x 11" W x 6" D) when not in use.  The stuff sack has a draw string closure.

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