More cargo capacity for a c6 convertible

I want a 2008/2009 convertible, but I need a tad more carrying capacity than the miata-sized trunk. How can I find a way to carry a couple more suitcases?
I know the coupe has a nice large volume of cargo space underneath the hatch, but I have had a coupe before, and now I want a convertible. My problem is that I need to travel once a month or so with the old lady out to see the grandkids,.. a 10 hour ride. To take the stuff we (she) requires for the trip, the convertible just doesn't have enough space in the trunk. The coupe has plenty.
Got any ideas? What possible way is there to carry a little more stuff? I had luggage racks on a Miata, and an MGB years ago. A Miata buddy had a trailer hitch on his car to tow a little trailer to haul race wheels to events, and he suggests using some sort of platform plugged into a receiver hitch.
Any info will be greatly appreciated.
mel
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i had a small trailer for my 89 to haul race wheels and tools. uhaul put the receiver hitch on for me.
you could always fedex a suitcase to your destination. another idea i read about: take nothing. go to a cheap store at your destination. buy new cheap cloths. donate to goodwill when you leave for the tax writeoff. you could also leave clothes at your destination if you're there frequently.
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Three things will help, soft side luggage, use the space that is available when the top is up, and pack wisely. There is way more space in the C6 than the Miata, if you plan well it should do. I have a friend that can pack a suitcase so that it is hard to lift and without wrinkling any clothes. Her ride is two 10 hour days so I know it can be done.
One thing won't help, hanging a load out on a trailer hitch is not my way of balancing a cars handling. Use the trailer but not the receiver as a loading platform if you can't restrain the quantity of your necessities.
I've been doing that kind of trip for 17 years and have never had a problem with room. The downside to running that loaded is getting caught in a rain storm and fight those wide tires. Even worse is some of the snow storms I've been caught in, up to 18". Never would have made it if I would have had the Corvette over loaded.
I have to ask you how do you think those ladies on the back of a Harley pack enough to travel?
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Just a quick update for you, the C6 convertible has 20.4 Cu Ft of luggage space while the Miata has 5.3.
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Dad wrote:

Six pack of some most excellent deodorant?<g>
> "Three things will help, soft side luggage, use the space that is > available when the top is up, and pack wisely."
Yep, you just have to adjust to not driving the big tin car or else drive it and take what you want.
We drive a C-4 convertible and space is very limited. We can accommodate clothing for a long weekend trip with the top down. Think outside the box. Undies and sox (assuming you don't wish to be bothered by doing laundry over the weekend) travel quite well in plastic bags from the grocery, crammed into the most obscure spaces underneath the hatch. The wrinkles come out almost as soon as you slip them skivvies on<g>
Good advice no matter how you travel these days. No more free checked baggage is a wakeup call for us all.
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Mel wrote:

I once moved across country in a TR-7. I even had a TV in the car. Everything was packed so tight, it couldn't move. The car still handled like a plow though.
I would suggest getting some of those vacuum bags. You put clothes in one, then roll out all the air. It lets you pack a lot more in the available space. They are on Amazon as "Travel space bags".
I've also seen a Corvette on the highway with a beautiful matching trailer. It was little, but could easily carry some suitcases. Here is one, but it is over $3,000. http://www.c5creations.com/trailer.php
-- Jim
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THat is why I did not get a C6. My suggestion would be to get a 2004 C5 convertible. Plenty of trunk space - we went to FL for two weeks with it.
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There is a better option - UPS your excess luggage to a UPS store at your destination.
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