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Thule Goalpost Hitch Mounted Load Bar

Thule Watersport Carriers

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Code:   TH997


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Thule Watersport Carriers - TH997

This item is perfect for transporting work related equipment or sporting gear. The hitch mounted GoalPost provides a front- or rear-mounted load bar that allows you to carry loads longer than your truck bed. It is easily adjusted to different heights, and two load stops are included to provide lateral load support.

Thule GoalPost - Trailer Hitch Mounted Load Bar

  • Mounts to existing 2" trailer hitch receiver
  • Telescoping design allows for easy height adjustment for different size trucks and SUV's
    • Pin secures upright bar in place at height adjustment points
  • Includes 58" Thule load bar for attachment of watersport carriers
  • Includes two load stops
    • Provide lateral support for all gear.
    • Adjustable along length of load bar.
  • Constructed of high strength steel for durability.
  • Built in anti-wobble mechanism keeps GoalPost snug in receiver for stability and reduction of noise and vibration
  • Made in the USA

  • Works with 2" trailer hitches only.
  • Telescopes vertically from 54-1/2" to 66"
  • Measures 7-3/8" from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the upright bar.
  • Weight capacity: 165 lbs
th997 load guides on goalpost load bar
Load guides slide left and right to accommodate different load widths.
th997 hardware

997 Thule Goal Post Load Support for 2" Trailer Hitch Receivers

Customer Reviews

Thule Goalpost Hitch Mounted Load Bar - TH997

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating5.0 out of 5 stars   (5 Customer Reviews)

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Gruf Rude10/12/2013

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I recently switched from a pull-along camper to a short, lifted gooseneck camper and needed a way to carry my faithful old 16-foot aluminum canoe. I had carried the canoe on Thule racks on my 2005 Silverado 2500HD diesel crew-cab from new, but I needed to move the canoe WAY forward to clear the new gooseneck. E-trailer had the answers. First I installed a DrawTite front receiver hitch (4-bolt, 1/2 hour easy install) and then plugged the Thule GoalPost carrier onto the front of my truck. A quick and easy height adjustment was all it took to evenly distribute the canoe between all three racks. Now, the 16-foot canoe is about 6 inches clear of the trailer and the front overhang does not interfere with driving at all. Out on the road and no problem at 65MPH in typical Wyoming winds. I took some pictures and hope they show how a little browsing, thanks to the super-helpful detailed specs and 'how-to' tips and customer reviews on can help you solve problems. 103613

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Gary P.03/12/2012

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I think this goalpost hitch will work just fine. Here are some pictures. 33584

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Greg A.07/28/2013

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The Goalpost Hitch Mounted Load Bar is exactly what I needed to carry my rowing scull on my pickup. It is made of high quality materials and was reasonably priced. Shipping was free and it arrived within 48 hours of my order. I am very satisfied with my purchase and ordering experience.92036

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: pete t09/21/2012

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product works great ! 55376

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John D01/31/2012

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etrailer service was terrific. They even sent the product by expedited shipping when I only purchased regular shipping. Everything arrived in great shape and was easy to install. I'm heading off today to pick up some lumber with it.30706

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  • Thule Goalpost Hitch Mount Load Bar Weight Capacity
  • The weight load is dependent upon weight capacity of hitch and crossbar selected to use with the unit. The maximum weight is 165 lbs on its own. A hitch and load bar may be rated for less and you should never exceed the lowest rated component.
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  • Bike Rack for use with Thule Goalpost Load Bar
  • I apologize, but at this time there are not any products available that would allow you to use the Thule Goalpost Load Bar in conjunction with a bike rack. The available bike racks have no way of being mounted to the Goalpost without having too much Tongue Weight.
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  • What is the Weight Capacity of Thule Goalpost Hitch Mounted Load Bar
  • The maximum load weight for the Thule Goalpost TH997 is 165 pounds. If you have a 1-1/4 inch hitch and will be using an adapter, make sure that the combined weight of the goalpost and the load on it does not exceed your tongue weight rating on the hitch or the vehicle. I have included a link to page on hitch classes if you are unsure of what class your hitch is.
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  • Thule Goal Post Load Bar and Cross Bars for 2007 Explorer Sport Trac with Factory Roof Rails
  • The Thule Goal Post includes a 58 inch load bar. This entire width is usable, but if the included load stops are used, the end caps on the load bars will decrease the overall width by approximately 1-1/2 inches per side. You did not mention how may cross bars you were wanting to use on top of your Sport Trac. We offer a Thule Crossroad System, part # TH45050 that includes two 50 inch long cross bars, and the four locking feet that strap the bars to your existing roof rack. If you are only
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  • How Can I Use Hitch Mounted Kayak Rack Thule # TH997 and Tow A Trailer
  • I have a solution for you to use the Thule Goalpost Hitch Mounted Load Bar, part # TH997, and tow a trailer. You will need to use a dual hitch receiver like the Curt Multipurpose Ball Mount, part # D210, which has a 2 inch receiver that will allow you to use the Thule Goalpost, and still hookup to a trailer. The Curt Multipurpose Ball Mount, part # D210, has a 2-1/4 inch drop, if you need more of a drop. You will need to measure to see how much of a drop you will need (see ball mount FAQ). I
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  • Specifications For Thule Goalpost Hitch Cargo Carrier # TH997
  • The maximum weight capacity for the Thule Goalpost Hitch Cargo Carrier, part # TH997, is 165 pounds. I went out to the warehouse and measured the thickness of the steel and it measured 1/8 inch. I am including a link to a video review of the Thule Goalpost carrier.
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  • Can Thule Goalpost Hitch Load Bar # TH997 Be Used in the Front of 2005 Dodge Dakota To Haul Kayaks
  • To install the Thule Goalpost Hitch Load Bar, part # TH997, to the front of your 2005 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab, you will need a front hitch like the Curt 2 Inch Front Hitch, part # 31228. I am including links to the installation instructions on the Curt front hitch and a video review of the Thule Goalpost load bar. To carry the kayaks on the roof of the truck you will need to install a roof rack on the cab of your Dakota. I would recommend the Thule Traverse Roof Rack Foot Pack, part # TH480, th
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  • Can the Thule Goalpost Mount on the Front of a 2010 Ford F20 Super Duty Regular Cab
  • To use the Thule Goalpost, # TH997, on the front of your 2010 Ford F250 Super Duty, you will need a front mounted hitch like the Curt Front Hitch, # C31008. This will provide a hitch opening to support the Goalpost. The support straps can also be secured to your tow hooks on the front of your truck. I have attached the installation instructions for the front hitch for you to check out. The Goalpost load support should not interfere with air flow very much since the only part of the load supp
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  • Recommendation for Thule Goalpost and Half Rack Kit for 2012 Toyota Tacoma
  • We do offer an option for your 2012 Tacoma. I would recommend the 2012 Toyota Tacoma Traverse Roof Rack by Thule. Please check your owners manual or with your dealer to verify the weight capacity of your roof. This system consists of 1 each of the following parts: Single Square Load Bar part # 853-0182-14 Thule Traverse Roof-Rack Foot Half-Pack (QTY 2) part # TH4802 Thule Roof-Rack Fit Kit for Traverse Foot Packs part # THKIT1511 This kit includes all of the components needed to insta
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  • Thule Slipstream Kayak Carrier Recommendation for a 2012 Subaru Outback with Factory Rack
  • To use the Thule Goalpost Hitch Mounted Load Bar part # TH997 on your 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon you are going to need to have a 2 inch hitch installed. When you said you have the smaller hitch it sounds like you have the 1-1/4 inch hitch. If you would be interested in going to a bigger hitch to let you use the # TH997 I would recommend the Hidden Hitch # 87568. This would work with the # TH997. Email me back if this is a route you would be interested in taking. Or, I checked with Thule and
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  • Towing a Trailer and Carrying Kayaks with a Thule Goalpost on a 2011 Toyota Tacoma
  • What you will need is a dual purpose ball mount, # D210. This ball mount has a receiver welded to the top and a ball mount on the bottom allowing you to tow a trailer and use the Thule Goalpost, # TH997, at the same time. The ball mount is rated for 750 pounds tongue weight overall but the receiver portion is rated for 350 pounds tongue weight. The combined weight of the Goalpost and the cargo cannot exceed 350 pounds. And the combined weight of the Goalpost, cargo, and tongue weight of the
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  • Carrying 2 Kayaks Using a Thule Goalpost in a Front Mount Trailer Hitch on a 2011 Ford F-250
  • The Thule Goalpost # TH997 comes with a 58 inch load bar. The combined width of your kayaks would be 56 inches so they should fit. The weight capacity is 165 pounds. The only other items you are going to need are some tie downs for the kayaks and a roof rack bar. To add a single bar you will need Traverse 2-pack foot pack, # TH4802, a 58 inch load bar, # 853-0182-14, and fit kit # THKIT1508. For tie downs you can use # TH521. I also recommend protective pads, # Y04070, to go on the bars to
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  • Can the Yakima DryDock or Thule GoalPost Support 2 Kayaks on a 2003 Ford F-150
  • The Yakima DryDock has been discontinued but Thule has a similar product, the Goalpost, # TH997. If you already have the DryDock then yes, it, or the Goalpost, can support 2 kayaks carried side by side on J-style carriers. For a single bar on the truck cab you could use a universal bar, # DTA968, and save a lot of money. The strap on this bar will run through the cab of the truck and has a maximum bar length of 60 inches. I have included a link to a video review for you. You would want to
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  • Complete Roof Kit Needed for Carrying 2 Paddleboards on 2014 Toyota Tacoma Using the Thule GoalPost
  • I have confirmed with my contacts at Thule, and the correct components that you would need to use in conjunction with the Thule Goalpost # TH997 for 2014 Toyota Tacoma are included below. This system consists of 1 each of the following parts: If your 2014 Tacoma has a Naked Roof: Single Square Load Bar part # 853-0182-14 Thule Traverse Roof-Rack Foot Half-Pack (QTY 2) part # TH4802 Thule Roof-Rack Fit Kit for Traverse Foot Packs part # THKIT1511 If your 2014 has raised rails then use t
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  • Parts Needed to Carry 2 Kayaks with a Thule Goalpost on a 2004 Toyota Tacoma
  • Here are all the parts you will need for a half roof rack and Thule Goalpost for your 2004 Toyota Tacoma with a naked roof: Single Square Load Bar 58 inch # 853-0182-14 Thule Traverse Roof-Rack Foot Half-Pack # TH4802 Thule Roof-Rack Fit Kit for Traverse Foot Pack # THKIT1064 Thule Goalpost Hitch Mounted Load Bar # TH997 And then for canoe carriers you would want the Thule Canoe Carrier-Rooftop Carrier # TH579XT. You would need a quantity of two of these, one for each canoe. It soun
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