theorndorffswrote a review of Thule Caravan Cargo Carrier on June 12, 2008
We drive from Memphis,TN to the Outer Banks in NC every summer for a family vacation. We'd been looking at the hard shell carriers for awhile for the trip, but didn't want to have the hassle of finding storage space for it when not in use. I came across this bag version and we decided to try it. So far, it is GREAT! I have a Nissan Murano and we had no problem attaching it to the car. We did a "test run" and were able to fit a 2' X 3' storage bin, three beach chairs, a stroller and few other small items. (It looks like it would also accommodate our 2 -year old if necessary :) LOL!)It's also extremely quiet at high speeds. It folds up nicely into the storage bag, too. My only concern is cleaning off the bug carnage we are sure to encounter on such a long trip, but I think it will be ok. This site also had THE BEST price -don't even bother buying elsewhere! Here's some additional info. I found about the carrier:
"The Thule 857 Caravan Roof Bag is the first all-weather roof top cargo bag constructed of environmentally friendly PVC-free durable 600 denier nylon. Enjoy the very generous 13 cu. ft. capacity that'll accommodate all types of cargo loads. In fact, the Thule 857 Caravan roof bag offers virtually the same capacity as hard-shell roof boxes but is more convenient to install, delivers weather-proof performance and is foldable for easy storage. Attaches directly to virtually all factory rack systems (even mounts to vehicles with side rails only & no crossbars), all styles of Thule base rack load bars, Yakima base roof rack round cross bars & other after-market roof rack manufacturers. The 857 Caravan cartop luggage bag is a superb medium-duty storage solution for your car rack when transporting cargo, luggage, camping gear etc. on any multi-day family vacation or day-trip. Durable, rugged and built for years of use in just about any foul weather conditions encountered during car travel."