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Question about RS Rolling Carry-on suitcase

I'm considering the Rolling Carry-on case - it gets good reviews on this website. My only concern is that I often pack heavy-ish things in the front zippered compartments -- books, notebooks, art supplies, etc. My current spinner will occasionally fall forward with the front load which can be annoying when I'm waiting in line, etc. Has anyone experienced this with the Rolling case -- which has only 2 back wheels. Also, any issues with the hard case at the back/bottom? Thanks!

Posted by
14167 posts

I have this case, an older model, which I used a lot but moved away from to get a lighter bag.

It DOES fall over if you've got stuff in the front so I'd suspect if you are putting art stuff in there it will tip. I also felt the handle was not quite as sturdy as you'd want it. I never had trouble with it retracting (like I have had on another TravelPro that I have) but it just feels like it could be stronger.

No problem with the harder shell although the fabric over mine has gotten skinned up after having checked it on several occasions.

Posted by
2866 posts

I have to Rolling Carry-On and love it. If I pack heavier things in the bottom of the suitcase and in the bottom pocket I don’t have a tipping problem. If weight is higher, it will tip. Also, when I add a tote with a trolley strap, I pack its weight towards the handle side. It doesn’t tip forward.

Posted by
145 posts

I have this bag, and when the handle went wonky, (not retracting well) I emailed and got a brand new one in the mail. It does get tippy if you don't have the heavy stuff in the bottom, and it is my go to bag.

Posted by
35 posts

Thanks to all for this helpful -- and prompt! -- feedback. It's probably a bad habit on my part, but I often cram a lot into the front compartments so I can get to it easily.

Posted by
18 posts

I’ve found that in traveling internationally this carry-on fits into the overhead bin. I haven’t had a hassle with any air carriers and it is pretty easy to move along a sidewalk or street. There aren’t many other options out there that are this durable and affordable. After a couple of RS lengthy trips, looks like new. Good luck in your journey.

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2157 posts

We had a couple of the old style of these, but one finally gave up so I bought a new one. They are not fancy by any means, but they are sturdy and do the job, and are not too heavy.

A few months ago I flew to my moms for one night. So I basically had an empty suitcase, but took it as I was going to bring home her cookware. I should have taken a video of that;) The cookware was All Clad, so very heavy. I managed to put a soup pot, very large skillet and large saucepan/lids all on that suitcase, plus my minimal clothing. The saucepan with the handle was so long that I was barely able to zip the corner. I managed, but wondered if the zipper would break. Nevermind that bag now weighed something awful. I remember getting onto the plane and just hoping it wouldn't be too awful lifting it into the upper bins. I lucked out, and my premium seat had a very large underset area that the bag fit in. The zipper held up and is still going strong. BTW, it also fits in the sizer for Iceland Air carryon. I stopped by the sizer a few trips ago out of curiosity as their carryon size is much smaller than many other airlines.

Posted by
8210 posts

Carry on bags that fall over are common. It's just how they are.

Do yourself a favor and go with a bag with swivel wheels. They work so much better when you're going down tight aisles on airplanes as you can roll them sideways.

Posted by
899 posts

The tendency for tipping over is why I bought a hardshell roller bag for carryon that expands in the center. It's a drag that I don't have external pockets but less than the pain in the a-- of a bag that keeps tipping over.

Posted by
35 posts

Big thanks for all the helpful and thoughtful and interesting responses. Can’t imagine lifting a bag full of cookware!! I keep looking at hardside bags but I’ll miss the convenience of the front compartments. But, these are small life inconveniences, eh?!!

Posted by
3241 posts

If you pack a bag properly, it won’t tip over. The weight should be at the bottom of the bag. My bag does not tip and I also like the squish-ability of it. I have to say that the exterior compartments on the outside of the RS wheeled bag are perfect, IMO. As much as I would like to and have tried to find a better bag, I have failed. And I love bags, so I have really tried, but the newer ones end up staying in my closet. LOL

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2157 posts

jho1313--LOL, I don't ever want to lift a suitcase full of cookware again! I practiced at my moms condo before I left to make sure I could, but am sooo glad I didn't have to;)