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What luggage have you found that fits the boot and allows the luggage cover to be used?

I have a variety of soft sports bags but I'm after something smartish that I can use whe away on holidays, staying in hotels etc.
 

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We use one airplane carry-on in the wheel house and on top a standard 110-110 litre hard case with wheels (like Samsonite etc.). Fits perfectly and fills out the the trunk space almost to 100%. I looked into the custom made bags, but decided to use standard hard cases with wheels. Can't see how you could get much more volume out of the custom stuff. This combo fills out the trunk space with just enough room for a piece of cleaning cloth.

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If you want a cheaper alternative, you can fit 2 22" carry-on cases and 1 20" carry on case, with the 22" cases stacked behind one anoter on the left side of the car facing left to right and the 20" case fitted on the right side of the trunk facing front to back. This leaves some room on top of the suitcases for loose items like jackets.
 

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I too use a combination of 2 small wheeled cases & soft bags for the boot/trunk.
To create more storage space in the cabin my regular passenger being of modest height & preferring an upright seating position means I can place a soft bag on the floor behind the seat on top of which I place a haversack. I already have a long black flat bag permanently fixed to the rear wall behind the seat for maps etc & a large net over the top of the existing central pouch which doubles the capacity for things like gloves & hats.
In each footwell I have fixed another net (larger than & over the top of the original in the passenger footwell ).
A long very slim plastic bin slipped down in the gap between each of the seats & the central console minimise losing odds & ends down the gaps & is useful for such things as mobiles notepads pens etc.
Nets & slim bins bought off a Googled sites
 

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If you want a cheaper alternative, you can fit 2 22" carry-on cases and 1 20" carry on case, with the 22" cases stacked behind one anoter on the left side of the car facing left to right and the 20" case fitted on the right side of the trunk facing front to back. This leaves some room on top of the suitcases for loose items like jackets.
Sounds like what I tested to see what would fit. But I didn't stack them/laid side-by-side parallel to the length of the car. Luggage "fitted" for the SLK is stupid expensive so alternatives are nice to find.

Gotta remember the support bars for the luggage shelf that allows the roof to retract HAVE to have room to descend when the shelf is pulled back/engaged. You don't really have the full width available unless you're never going to go topless, in which case not pulling the shelf down adds about 3-4 " on each side. Housings for the tail lights also rob you of some front to back room.
 

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Long ago I gave up bothering about using "smart" luggage when staying at hotels. Maybe if I had lived in an era before cheap flying & cheap holidays possessing high quality expensive luggage, ideally adorned with stickers depicting exotic locations & references to Cunard White Star liners etc, would advertise my wealth & status & thus ensure concierges & porters the world over would be eager to give the me the best attention & service.
But it's the 21c century & who cares a toss, nobody is going to judge you based on your luggage. Sure it's a matter of personal standards but unless you have luggage for posh hotel use only then whatever is convenient has to be the only consideration.
 

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What luggage have you found that fits the boot and allows the luggage cover to be used?

I have a variety of soft sports bags but I'm after something smartish that I can use whe away on holidays, staying in hotels etc.
I use Leather Suit Carriers from The Bridge Leather, made in Florence Italy. Bought second hand on eBay when someone selling for sensible prices. Often listed at a high price. If you can get circa £180. New cost over £1000. I put them behind the seats freeing up boot space. Now have 2 of them. Look really smart. But I guess any suit carrier would work. Relatively flat in open form you can get quite a few items in them.
 

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I use Leather Suit Carriers from The Bridge Leather, made in Florence Italy. Bought second hand on eBay when someone selling for sensible prices. Often listed at a high price. If you can get circa £180. New cost over £1000. I put them behind the seats freeing up boot space. Now have 2 of them. Look really smart. But I guess any suit carrier would work. Relatively flat in open form you can get quite a few items in them.
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Pro tip, test what you have EMPTY, not on the morning of departure and stuffed full.

Ross has plenty of decent cheap luggage, we opted on our first 3 day trip for one medium barely fits roller and one gym bag soft smaller bag.

Pack lite, its a win win.

OTOH being married we may continue to see how much we can stuff in using a different combination.

Something to consider are the big sealed bags you fill with "soft" clothes and suck out the air with a vacuum and squishes down.
 
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