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rjdreamer

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Gearing up for the future, with any luck and a few more hours. What suitcase and flight bag combo works best on the ERJ and CRJ?
Thanks to all.
 

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As far as the ERJ's at ExpressJet any size will do in the nice large closet as you walk in the airplane, a 22" will work fine. And as far as the flight case, scott leather's jumbo bag fits nice.


I believe in most CRJ's 200 you have to use the small overhead bins in back or gate check your bags due to weight and balance issues.
 

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go to costco and by one of the signature series bags. 89 bucks and lifetime guarantee. just take it in and they give you new one.
 
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A lot of guys use these, excellent quality, can get a 4 day trip worth of stuff in it easily. Fits in the overheads on all mainline jets (for non rev) and the CR2. ASA's CR2s are being refitted with a new cockpit door that will give us back our forward crew closets we lost after 9/11 so you won't have to worry about putting it in back.

http://www.luggageworksonline.com/

Flight bags are a widely debated topic on here too. I use the Office Depot special for $40. Works great, fits in the cutout of the CRJ.
 

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On the CRJ luggage werks/ perty neat works well in the overhead. It is way to expensive but I bought it anyway for the ability to use the overhead.


At ASA they are slowly doing a modification to allow bags to fit in the front closet after the new doors took this away.

At ASA we are supposed to use this closet or the cargo bin, but I refuse to allow our Crackhead baggage people in the ATL to handle my personal stuff, we have the worst bag handling numbers in the industry.

Good luck!

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CF34-3B1

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Medeco said:
I refuse to allow our Crackhead baggage people in the ATL to handle my personal stuff, we have the worst bag handling numbers in the industry.

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Amen brother.

If I'm not on a 40 it goes up front.

I've had way too many crew members get to an overnight with no bag.
 

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will 24 and 26 inch purdy neats fit through baggage screening?
 

CF34-3B1

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bigbenno said:
will 24 and 26 inch purdy neats fit through baggage screening?

I don't see why not.

The issue is they won't fit in the overheads wheels first on most mainline airplanes.

This is an issue when non reving.

Most people use the 22"
 

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CF34-3B1 said:
I don't see why not.

The issue is they won't fit in the overheads wheels first on most mainline airplanes.

This is an issue when non reving.

Most people use the 22"

as far as purdy neat bags there is only 24" and 27". The 24" fits in almost all over head bins, sometime tight, but they fit.
 

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I like my Travel Pro Bag. I have the Walkabout 3 which has a life time warranty. I’ve had it for about 6 years now. The handles do break sometimes (mine has once) but they had it fixed within 48 hours. I take my bag in once every 2 years for them to replace all of the zippers, handles, and retractable handle assembly. They never complain.
 

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Getting a 27" in the overheads lengthwise shouldn't be a problem.

However, if you commute or plan to non rev a lot, anything taller than 22" and it won't fit wheels first on most mainline airplanes.

This really does become an issue on a full flight. And trust me, they'e frequently full.

If you don't plan to use it on mainline airplanes a lot, 27" should be fine, but don't be surprised when you have to gate check it during a commute.

Just something to consider.
 

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As far as the Flight Bags - will the Scott jumbo fit in the RJ?
 
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I second the CostCo $89 bag. Extremely well-built bag with a lifetime warranty. The CRJ overhead bin is 8" and the CostCo bag is 9" in height, so you have to barely squeeze it in a little, but it's not bad at all.
 

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Thanks a bunch for the info. Which flight bag besides Scott's works/fits best? I've already got a Purdy Neat 22"Stealth NG or whatever they're calling these days. The only drawback is it's empty weight-260 oz's. advertised(16.25lbs). The Costco looks a lot like one at Sam's. How about the Travel Pro Crew 5 18" or 20" bags?
Thanks again!!
 

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I have had my travel pro crew 4 22" for 3.5 years now (lots of replacement parts from the lifetime warrenty) No major problems, you will burn through wheels- get rollarblade wheels for it............its beens 6 months now and they still GLIDE my 39 LBS of luggage with ease.. You can get them at the stop-over stores at major US Airports.....ie MSP, IAH and others
 

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I pack for 4-5 day trips with the LW 27". It works fine and fits in the overhead of the CRJ. You just need to pack right. I.E. roll up your clothes tight. Have plenty of room for my workout clothes and running sneaks. But I do get hosed every now and then when commuting home on mainline and have had to gate check it a couple of times. Sometimes the 319/320 crews hang on to it in the pit if there's room and the guys are cool.
 

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Things to look for in a roller bag. First and foremost, CAN YOU REPLACE THE WHEELS YOURSELF. You will need new wheels every six months or so if you fly 900+ hours per year on 2, 3, and 4 day trips. If you have to pay to replace them then you could be looking at shelling out bucks to have it sent repaired and sent back plus down time on the bag unless you live in SYR then Cities Leather and Luggage downtown will do it for 5 bucks if its under warrenty and if your nice while you wait. Just watch out for the crackhead hookers hanging out at the pharmicy next door.

A good tip on wheels: Go to K-mart and buy a $20 pair of "x-trem" kids rollerblabes. Each set has 8 wheels that are the same as the replacement pair in the skate shop that sell for 18 buck for 2 wheels. 8 wheels for $20.

Second, Zippers, make sure they are the big kind that doesn't break. Keep a strap or some rope in you bag incase the zipper does break and you need to strap/tie it closed in the middle of a 4 day.

3rd - Simple design, you just need a big (22") open space, not pockets inside or walls/dividers to take up room and add weight. Also a good replaceable/washable liner.

4th - tuff canvas material especially on the bottom and corners. Your bag will scrape and rub against everything and the bottom an corners will chafe so either reinforce or have big holes.

5th - strong handle - enough said - also one that is repairable and replaceable by you - see wheels section.

I have a Travel pro Platnum 2 that I got from a warehouse distributer in June 2001. Its garunteed for life but I modified the wheel wells with 1/32 thick aluminum rivited to the wheel holder cups so that the wheel axels don't rub on the plastic wheel chassie. I also rivited al plate to the bottom to reinforce it and also protect the hardplastic wheel well area.

Keep you zippers clean also. Once dirt gets into the teeth the slider wont do it job and the teeth will bend causing the zipper to split.
 

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Purdy Neat Stuff 22" rollaboard. I'd recommend the Stop Over Store version with the strap that goes around the page to stabilize the "hook" that you hang your flight kit on. Makes it much more stable jostling around the bags. For the flight kit, no other than the Scott Leather kit. If you are like me, and don't wear the same pair of boxers for a four-day, then the attachable duffel for the PNS bag would be helpful in the wintertime to store a jacket and hat, rather than overloading the regular bag.

I won't ever go with anything else. This after two destroyed TravelPro rollaboards and two other flight kits (the cheap-o kind). Get something quality from the start, and take care of it. I've had both a flight kit and rollaboard crap out on me in the middle of trips, and it isn't a good feeling. Luckily for me, both occurances were near the end of trips and I didn't commute at the time.

Good luck with what you choose.

Stop Over Store Purdy Neat Stuff 22" Rollaboard
Scott Leather Flight Kit
Scott Leather Jumbo Flight Kit
 

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The Luggageworks bags are indeed the heaviest but unlike all the other great bags, they glide effortlessly over the terminal floor and are rock solid stable platforms for towing your heavy flight case. I always chuckle at seeing flight crew with other bags wobble and topple all over the place. The stainless stell handle is long, and will never flex. Virtually all other bags, incl. travel pro, are not as nice for towing your bag... the wheel base or whatever- the distance betwene the wheels- is very wide on Luggageworks so your bag will never wobble, and the hook arrangement is easier to use. Once in a blue moon (happened to me once in a few years) it gets bent if the bag is piled in the luggage bin with 10 bags on top of the hook, but any airplane mechanic can fix that for you in 5 seconds with one of his reverse plyer thingies.

As for flight bags, if you have access to a StopOver store or some other place that does luggage repair on the spot, you can get the flimsy pins that secure the handles in the office depot bags replaced for around $15 with beefy pin that will never break. That pretty much results in a $45 bag ($30 + $15 for the new pins) that will last for many many years, since that is the part that breaks. (Even if the handle eventually gives way through the pins, that would only cost another $15). And as someone else said, that way you can get fresh stickers when you change jobs.
 
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