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  • To answer your last question, I do have experience with this exact issue. A lot of people have run into this problem. It isn't always easy to find tie down points on a vehicle whether that vehicle is a 2015 Subaru Outback or a 1956 Rocket 88. But I have an excellent solution for you. You can use the Thule Quick Loops, # TH530. You won't have to remove any bolts, just close the cylinder under the hood (away from anything that gets hot of course!) and the other in the rear hatch....
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  • Folding tonneau covers can sometimes be tough to fit along with a ladder rack since often both will use the same or similar attachment points on the tops or sides of the bed rails. But I do have a great solution for you for transporting two 14-foot kayaks with a total weight of 150-lbs that will actually cost you a lot less than many quality ladder racks AND avoid any concerns about compatibility with your tonneau cover. The solution I recommend is a hitch-mount load support...
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  • First you are going to need a roof rack for your pop up camper. You can use the Swagman Roamer, # S80510 which will attach to the top of a camper as long as it is not a plastic, one-piece roof and as long as it has a flat roof. You can then use a carrier such as the stacker, # TH830, to carry both kayaks. I have linked a video review of this carrier for you.
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  • Securing the front tie down for a kayak or canoe under the hood is common. Thule offers the Hood Loops, # TH529, and Quick Loops, # TH530, so you do not have to attach the hook directly to the edge of the hood. I would strongly recommend using these products. You can also use them for your rear hatch if you do not have a strong attachment point for the stern tie down. I have attached a demonstration video for you to check out.
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  • There are a couple of options to carry your kayaks. Because of the length of the kayaks, they will likely interfere with the front of the 5th wheel camper if carried solely on the truck's roof. One options you have is to carry the kayas on the top of the camper. Keep in mind that this will increase the overall height of your camper, and you will want to measure the overall height to know your clearance for overpasses. We installed a Thule square bar system on one of our...
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  • A single kayak will not likely impose too much weight burden on your Edge roof, but its always a good idea as a starting point to double check your owners manual to confirm how much weight the roof can handle. If you would like the flexibility to add other types of roof-mount accessories then you may want to go with a roof rack system designed for your vehicle. Roof racks can accept all sorts of cargo accessories, from kayak carriers to bike racks to luggage boxes. Again, confirm...
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  • We have a couple of options for carrying kayaks on the roof of your 2011 Subaru Outback. If you will be carrying one kayak then most of our customers who have the 2010 or 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon select the Yakima BowDown Kayak Carrier, # Y04042, see video link. The Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier System, # TH881, runs a very close second. If you will need to carry 2 kayaks, the Yakima BigStack Roof Mounted 2 Kayak Carrier System, # Y04041, is the carrier most often...
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  • What you will need to attach your Thule Hullavator # TH898 on your 2016 Toyota Highlander with a naked roof is roof rack. I can help you with that. Since Thule doesn't have any fits for your vehicle you will need to go with a Yakima Roof Rack as their crossbars are also compatible with the Hullavator. For that you will need the part numbers # Y00409, # Y00146, # Y03536, and # Y06130.
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  • I am going to assume that the roof of your 5th wheel trailer does not have any type of roof rack on it. In that case you would need to either add one or use one of the carriers designed for a naked roof. The easiest way to go would be a carrier designed for a naked roof. The SportRack Standard Block Island, # SR5525, is a kit that will fit on a naked roof. With this kit, you would place the blocks on the roof, place the kayak on the blocks, and then the whole thing is held...
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  • You would want to install a roof rack on your 2015 Chevy Silverado so that you can carry a kayak. For that you would want the Yakima roof rack that consists of part numbers # Y00409, # Y00124, # Y00607. Now depending on the length of you kayak you may need to go with a front mount hitch as well like part # C31071 and an upright rack like the part Yakima DryDock Load Assist # Y02449-3 so that you can carry the kayak far enough forward to clear your fifth wheel trailer. To...
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  • I spoke to my contact at Thule and she informed me that the difference between the Thule SUP part # TH810 and the # TH810XT is that the XT version comes with a little bit long strap (1 inch) and the area where the strap is stored on the rack is cleaned up a bit so that it slides into the slot easier. The # TH810 has a bolt that makes for storing the strap a little bit more involved. I attached a review video for both of the racks for you to check out.
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  • You have a couple of options to carry the kayak on the roof of your 2014 Honda CR-V. First, if you don't want to spend a lot of money I recommend a foam block kit, # SR5525. The blocks set on the vehicle roof and the kayak will rest on the blocks. You will use the included straps to tie down the bow and stern and to secure everything to the vehicle by routing 2 of the straps through the interior of the vehicle. The other option is to install a roof rack and use a carrier on...
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  • For a roof rack that will fit your 2013 BMW X3 with the side rails that run front to back you can use a Thule rack using the following parts: Load bars # THLB50 Podium feet # TH460 Fit kit # THKIT4023 This rack has a 165 pound capacity. But check the X3 owners manual to determine the capacity of the roof and if lower go by the lower capacity. You can then use the Stacker, # TH830. It does not have a capacity because it will be holding up a kayak placed on its side while...
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  • The J-Stacker Kayak Carrier, # SR5511, is one of our most popular kayak carriers and is designed to work on Thule square bars, round bars and most factor crossbars. This kayak carrier would be my recommendation for your Subaru Outback. It is required to tie down the bow and stern when carrying a kayak on top of a vehicle. I spoke with my contact at SportRack and found out that the ropes are made of a soft polypropylene material that should not damage the paint on your vehicle....
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  • One option for your 2014 Nissan Frontier is to use a truck bed rack such as # INRT101-65. This system includes bars that are 65 inches long. The canoes would sit on the bars right above the bed and would overhang the rear of the truck with this set up. Another option is a ladder rack such as # EM07705 with 66-3/8 inch long bars. The bars on these two systems are going to be longer since it sounds like the bars on your Frontier span the distance between the side rails so there...
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  • I have a solution for you, however, there are a few things we want to look at before we can determine exactly what you need to carry both of your kayaks. The first step to take before carrying any kayaks or cargo on the roof of your 2012 Volkswagen Jetta is to find the weight capacity of the roof. A Volkswagen dealer may be able to provide this information since your vehicle did not come with a factory roof rack. Exceeding the weight capacity of your roof could damage the vehicles...
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  • Since you have a roof rack on your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon, we have a couple options that will work for you. I recommend the Thule The Stacker Kayak Carrier, part # TH830. This system will fit most round, square, or factory crossbars with a maximum width of 3 inches. The minimum crossbar spread this will work with is 24 inches. This system includes the straps that secure the kayaks to the carrier and tie-downs for the bow/stern of the kayak. For additional straps you...
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  • There are several different ways you can carry 2 kayaks with your 2015 Toyota Tacoma. First, you could put them in the bed of the truck and use a tailgate pad such as # S64761 to protect both the truck and the kayaks and to secure the kayaks to the tailgate and pad. Another option is to utilize your trailer hitch (as long as it is a 2 inch hitch) and half of a roof rack. It sounds a little strange but if you put one crossbar on the roof and then used the Rhino-Rack T-Load,...
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  • At this time Thule does not offer a locking mechanism for the Hull-A-Port Kayak Carrier. The best recommendation I could make is to purchase a cable lock such as the Yakima BoatLocker with PaddleCuffs, Y07237, and run it through the boat, kayak mounts, kayak, paddlecuffs and the roof rack and purchase locks to secure the roof rack to the vehicle. If you have a Thule roof rack system you can purchase locks to secure it to the vehicle, and then use the cable lock to secure the...
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  • I would recommend the Thule Roof Rack For 2005 F 150 by Ford, # TH480, # THLB58, # THKIT1556, for your 2005 Ford F-150 Crew Cab with no existing rails or crossbars. This rack will attach to the roof of you truck with the included Fit Kit (4 brackets) and the Foot Pack (Quantity 4) then attaches to the Fit Kit. The two 58 inch Load Bars are then attached to the Foot Pack. The width of the load bar accepts 1-2 kayaks. The rack capacity is 165 lbs. You can then attach the Thule...
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