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Been using one over 10 years and never an issue.

Many folks use them for drink coolers.

We use ours differently, see the thread attached.


 
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I've had a Pakit Rak for about 7 years, and I also have no complaints. Well, maybe one niggling one - the little plastic 'chrome' strip they put around the edges of the tray is coming off and looks a little tacky. Other than that, very well made - both the rack and the bag. The bag may not look very fancy, but it sure is holding up well, including the zippers. I keep the rain cover on mine all the time it's on the bike just to keep the bag from getting too dusty. All in all, it's one of those things I bought that I remain very happy with.
 

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I read a review that said that it blocks the license plate. Is that so, and more importantly, have you had any issues with it? How about the lights?
 

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It blocks the license plate from some angles (directly behind, and low), but I've certainly never been stopped for it. I've never heard of anyone being stopped for it. I did read a post once where someone made a colour copy of their plate, laminated it, and attached it to the back of their pack. I personally don't think it's a concern unless you're intending on piling something very large and tall on the rack.
 

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My wife and I traveled through customs into Canada with the rack (loaded with gear) and then back into the states without any issues.
 

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@HS Driver like the guys said. The only time I was ever questioned was by a North Dakota border agent (who I still say was just bored and wanted someone to talk too). After a friendly debate, he conceded and made a great restaurant recommendation. Our set up is even taller than most because we use it to haul an extra luggage bag, not a cooler. Many times we have been passed on the road by law enforcement, been giving thumbs up, or waved at but never hassled.

I guess if it really bothers someone you could always attach the plate to the rack. That doesn't work for me, because when we get to the hotel, I pull the hitch pins and carry the entire rack into the room. So my plate would then not be on the bike.
 
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