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  1. Default rooftop vs car back carrier

    I am going to buy a carrier for my trip and thought I'd get the soft type roof carrier until I came upon the "car back carrier". It seems possibly better not having the airdrag issue, but I wonder if its not too awkward in getting in to the back of the van. I'm assuming you remove the sack to get in to the trunk of the van etc. So maybe the airdrag issue wouldn't be so important if your constantly frustrated with the back carrier getting in the way. I would really appreciate hearing from somebody who has experience in the use of possibly both types.
    thanks,
    kathy

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    Default Did you see our article?

    Here is an article that discusses the various types a bit. I haven't actually used one of those Car Back Carriers, but you can certainly contact the author of that article for more tips.

    Mark

  3. Default yes I did

    Thanks I had read that, just wanted to know if anyone had used them. I haven't ever even seen one on a car and was a bit timid to buy before getting opinions. How would I contact the author?
    k

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    Default Contacts

    Let's see, here is the site contact info if that doesn't work -- contact me privately (Private Message above) and I will provide a direct e-mail contact.

    Mark

  5. Default u still there?

    If you're still on the site can u answer a quick ? for me? I was looking at another topic "gear up" about GPS stuff and a Judy reference not likeing the GPS and sticking to using S & T - what is that (if u know off hand). I am having the hardest time figuring out how to route our trip from chicago to va, there are so many options, construction issues etc. I'm driving with 2 kids 4dogs so I'd like to do my homework and make it a pleasant (quick) drive.
    thanks,
    k

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    Default S & T = Microsoft Streets and Trips Software Package

    I would suggest that you look at our trip planning reviews.... lots of good information there.

    I have to leave the office now -- be back in a couple of hours.

    Here is a link to some more reviews about trip planning programs -- these are Amazon-based and therefore not as independent as RTA.

    Here is a review of MS's S&T by Craig Antill.

    Mark

  7. Default ah so

    I feel like a dope! Seems so obvious Streets & Trips. Ok I'll read up. I have an indash Eclipse GPS and I still haven't figured how to manipulate that yet. Thanks so much for the help. Have a good 4th!
    x
    k

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    I feel confident in making my decision thanks for the direction (I'm getting the back carrier )- The response to my inquiry is as follows:

    Yes the car back carrier works great, I’ve used it. It is easier to load than car top carrier, not lifting bags to the roof. The drawback is with the car back loaded you can not “easily” get in and out the back door.

    I cut a plywood bottom for the car back carrier to make a solid bottom, nice add on, but not necessary. All the features and extras are on the web site. It was all written by me, and I have used the bag plenty.

    Here is a link
    and this link.

    Regards,

    David
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    Default Just a clarification

    Quote Originally Posted by kathyhere View Post
    I was looking at another topic "gear up" about GPS stuff and a Judy reference not likeing the GPS and sticking to using S & T -
    I think GPS have improved since I wrote that. I still don't have one but, if I had one already, I would sure learn how to use it...so I encourage you to play with your GPS before you leave so you can enjoy its benefits. They do appear to be quite handy. Instead of investing in one, I have used VZNavigator on my cellphone when needed (I just purchase the daily option because I don't need it enough to pay a monthly fee). It works just like GPS and has been very handy when I've needed it. I will probably get one eventually, it's just not a big priority for me.

    Paper maps, programs like S&T (or online programs like Mapquest, GoogleMaps, AAA's TripTik, etc.) and GPS all have different purposes at which they excel. I would use paper maps along with either S&T or one of the online programs to do my basic trip planning and GPS for doing navigation from-and-to specific places, finding restaurants/hotels/attractions near you, etc.

    I usually start with a paper map to get a general idea of where I'm going and what types of interesting places are along the way, and then I play with the S&T or online mapping programs for distances, how many miles different detours will add or save, for things to see/do (AAA's program is the best at this, imho), etc. And then use GPS on the road itself. Anyway, I think all have their place. Hope this makes sense.

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    Default Thumps up on the carback carrier

    I forgot to address this in my last post.

    I drive a New Beetle and have a luggage rack on my trunk. If extra space is needed, usually when we are car camping while on a roadtrip, we put our sleeping bags, pillows, tent, etc. in a huge duffle bag that we then use bungie cords to attach to the luggage rack. It works great. However, since it's a hatch back and works different than what you're looking at, we can still access our trunk. The only annoyance is that someone needs to hold the hatch open while the other person accesses the trunk as the weight of the filled duffle is a bit too much for the pneumatic tubes to handle and to keep the hatch open on their own.

    I do appreciate that there is no wind-drag with the extra stuff behind the car instead of on top. I'm not sure that I'd like having no access to the items in my trunk but, if you've factored that in and are cool with it, go for it. Car-top carriers tend to make the car a bit top-heavy and can be more noticeable as you are driving, changing the way cars corner, etc. You won't have the problem with a car-back carrier.

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