Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Richmond, TX
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Here is the one I got LT $20 at Walmart. It has the board and roller wheels. The wheel structure has two aluminum brackets going up the length of the bag. Water proof.
I use the cargo netting I got from HD. I had two, but loaned one out to a friend. Never to bee seen again. I can stuff a 4 man tent, all the fixins, clothes and leave the hard bags open with this setup. It can netted on in less than 5 minutes.
Yes, I even have chairs on it. Very stable with low center of gravity. Don't even know it's there.
On this last trip I rode back in the rain. Everything was dry when I got home. Except me.
Check to see if your bag has any loops or pockets in the bottom on both sides so you can wedge in a few structural ribs to keep its shape. With that much weight, a sheet of plastic or thin aluminum wouldn't hold up either and you don't want a big heavy piece of steel there to scratch your side saddles.
My bags have externally mounted ribs that gives it structural integrity.