The Rightline Gear Car Clips allow you to attach any of our roof top cargo bags to vehicles WITHOUT a roof rack. The Car Clips are added to the ends of the cargo bag’s standard straps. The straps then clip under the door frame weather molding on one side of the vehicle and run over the cargo bag to clip under the door frame weather molding on the other side of the vehicle. The tension on the strap between the two clips holds the cargo bag in place.
We have tried the Car Clips on a huge number of vehicles and have found them to work on 99% of them*. Every once in a while, we get a call from a customer expressing that the Car Clips don’t work on their particular vehicle. It seems that more than one customer is running into the same trouble, so we thought we would address it here.
The Problem: The Car Clips pop out from behind the door frame weather molding when the vehicle door is closed.
The Solution: Simply make sure that the strap holding the Clip has enough tension on it. Tighten the strap at its buckle or pull it tight by hand before closing the vehicle door.
More Detail: The doors of most vehicles have a metal strip below their weather molding. This metal strip is designed to come into contact with the door frame weather molding when the door is closed.
When a Car Clip is in place and the vehicle door is closed, the metal strip of the door will come in contact with the Car Clip (at least a small amount). The point of contact is normally at the top of the Car Clip where the strap is threaded through.
If the strap is not at the proper tension, the top of the Car Clip will angle outward from the door frame. When the door closes, the metal strip of the door will push on the top of the Car Clip, causing a torquing action that pulls the Clip out from behind the door frame weather molding.
If the proper tension is on the strap, the top of the Car Clip will be straight up and down (not angled outward from the door frame). When the door closes, the metal strip of the door will come in contact with the top of the Car Clip, but no torquing action will occur – it will stay in place. It is that simple.
Once you get the feel for the proper tension of the straps, this problem should be completely eliminated. Please contact Rightline Gear with any questions.
* The only exceptions are vehicles without metal frames and weather molding around the top of their door windows and mini-vans with sliding doors.