you might want to try is to stuff the sleeping bag or the tent into a drybag (or stuff sack) that is already inside the hatch. Simply put as much into the bag or stuff sack as you can and still put it in through the hatch. Then stuff the rest into the bag and close it inside the hatch. Often this gives you a much shorter and wider bundle than will go through the hatch if it was a solid mass on the outside.
I once had a cookset that would not go through the hatch. Finally dawned on me that if I took off the top, the bottom would fit through. Then the top could be flexed just enough to go through the hatch and reattached to seal everything together.
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