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Thule Goalpost Hitch Mounted Load Bar

Thule Hitch Cargo Carrier

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Thule Hitch Cargo Carrier - TH997

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.


  • 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

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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.

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Gruf Rude10/12/2013

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

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

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: John D01/31/2012

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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ratingratingratingratingrating by: pete t09/21/2012

product works great ! 55376


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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 #...
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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...
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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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  • Towing a Trailer While Carrying a Canoe with a 2012 Dodge Ram with Rambox Short Bed
  • I do have a solution for you though it may not be what you expect. At this time, there are no ladder racks for the 2012 Dodge Ram with Rambox. But, what you can do is use a dual-purpose ball mount, # D210, tow the trailer with the ball mount end and use the top receiver part for a Thule Goal Post, # TH997. As long as you are within the capacities of the ball mount listed below, this is the best option for you: Towing capacity: 7,500 lbs Tongue weight capacity: 750 lbs Receiver capacity:...
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  • Thule Roof Rack Options for a 2012 Toyota Tacoma
  • The Thule ladder rack # TH500 is listed as a fit for all models of the 2012 Toyota Tacoma. For a roof rack a lot depends on the cab style. I have included a link to the Thule roof racks that fit your truck. You will just need to look at the ones that match your cab style. If it were me, I would choose a system with the square bars because they are less expensive. Another option, if your truck has a 2 inch trailer hitch, would be to use the Thule Goal Post, # TH997. This will serve...
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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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  • Can the Yakima DryDock Be Mounted on a Front Trailer Hitch and Carry a Ladder
  • You can use the DryDock, # Y02589, on a front mounted trailer hitch. Regarding law, it is possible there are some laws in your area or state that you will want to check on to determine if it possible to mount the Dry Dock in the front of a vehicle. A similar item that would cause less of an obstruction would be the Thule Goalpost, # TH997, since it has a single arm design. Either product will work to support a ladder. I have included a link to a video of the Goalpost for you.
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  • Roof Rack Options for a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport 2-Door Hard Top
  • I have included a link to all of the roof rack options that will fit a 2013 Jeep Wrangler with a hard top. There are several options but if you want quiet then you will want to go with either a Whispbar system. For a Whispbar system you will need the following parts: Whispbar Flush Bar Roof Rack, # WB-S11 Rain Gutter Fit Kit, # WB-K324 The only issue is that with the available roof racks, the crossbar spread is so close, at most 20 inches wide, that there are not a lot of accessories...
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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...
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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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  • Is there a Ladder Rack that Will Fit a 2009 Dodge Ram with a Tonneau Cover
  • The Yakima ladder rack, # Y01137-Y00410, and most other ladder racks fit on top of the bed rails and wrap around to the inside of the bed on the sides of the rails so with a tonneau cover in place it would not work unless the cover was removed. What I recommend is to sort of bypass the bed all together and use an alternate method. Start with a adding a 2 inch trailer hitch unless the truck already has one, see link. Then, you can use the Thule Goal Post, # TH997. Then you could add a...
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  • Parts Needed to Carry 2 Kayaks on a 2005 Dodge Ram with a Thule Goalpost part # TH997
  • The first thing you will need is a load bar on the roof of your 2005 Dodge Ram. For that you will need square load bar # 853-0182-14, the half foot pack # TH4802, the vehicle specific fit kit # THKIT1528. Now all that you will need is the Thule Goalpost part # TH997. You'll also need a kayak carrier of some kind if you don't have one already. SportRack offers a post-style carrier, part # SR5323 that is capable of carrying two kayaks. Tie-Down are included but the tie-downs for the...
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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...
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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...
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  • Recommendation for Carrying a 12 ft Kayak on a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
  • If you do not have a roof rack on your 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Track, then you could use the SportRack Foam-Block-Style Kayak Carrier, # ABR525, that you referenced to mount the kayak directly to your roof. I would recommend carrying your 12 ft kayak on a roof rack because a roof rack will provide more space between the roof of your vehicle and your kayak and limit the possibility of your kayak or vehicle being damaged while loading and unloading. We have many different roof rack options...
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  • Need Roof Rack and Water Sports Carriers for Paddle Board and Kayak on 2012 Honda Ridgeline
  • A first step in finding a roof rack and appropriate watercraft carriers for your 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport is a check of your owners manual (or inquiry to your local dealership) to confirm how much weight the roof can safely handle. I did check an online version of the manual for the 2012 Ridgeline but I was not able to find a roof weight capacity rating. The vehicle roof needs to be able to handle the total combined weight of a roof rack, the water sport carriers you choose, plus the...
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  • Crossbar Recommendation for Use with the Yakima DryDock Trailer Hitch Mount Boat Support
  • There are a few different single Yakima bars you could use with the DryDock, # Y02589. For a 58 inch bar use # Y8810023. For a 66 inch bar use # Y8810025. And for a 78 inch bar use # Y8810027. For a similar product that comes with a crossbar and load stops, take a look at the Thule GoalPost, # TH997.
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  • Canoe Carrier Recommendation for a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Roof Rack
  • To carry a canoe on your 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, I recommend a simple carrier like the SportRack foam blocks, # SR5528. The blocks fit on your crossbars and the canoe rests upside down in the grooves in each block. Use the included strap and rope to tie down the bow and stern. If you have a 2 inch trailer hitch on the vehicle, I recommend adding a Goal Post, # TH997, which will help with stability and weight carrying of the canoe. Some additional foam blocks, like # SR5528 may be needed.
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  • Is a 30 Inch Bar Spread on a 2014 Subaru Outback Enough for a 32 Foot Racing Boat Shell
  • Technically, yes, a 30 inch spread is the minimum for watercraft over 14 feet, but 32 feet is very long and I do not recommend the crossbars alone to support the shell. I strongly advise getting additional support given the length of your racing boat shell. This is actually going to be easy. All you have to do is install a Class III trailer hitch, # 87568. Then you can use Thule Goalpost, # TH997. This will provide much more support and stability than just 2 crossbars on the roof.
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  • Using Thule Goalpost # TH997 And Roof Rack to Carry Two Kayaks with 2000 Toyota Tacoma
  • To use the Thule Goalpost for the two Kayaks, you'd need the following: Thule Goalpost, # TH997 Thule Square Crossbar, # 853-0182-13 Thule Traverse Roof Rack Half-Pack, # TH4802 Thule Vehicle Specific fit kit, # THKIT1064 You'll also need a kayak carrier of some kind if you don't have one already. SportRack offers a post-style carrier, part # SR5323 that is capable of carrying two kayaks. Tie-Down are included but the tie-downs for the bow/stern are sold separately as part #...
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  • What Soft Top Will Fit at 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Is Additional Overhead Storage Available
  • If your 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has a removable hard top and an aftermarket soft top is an option then, I would recommend the Bestop Trektop NX # B5682335. This is one of our more popular products, and it features Bestop premium sailcloth, which compared to vinyl or denim is more durable. It reduces road noise, and is mildew and UV resistant. This system also offers a built-in fold-back sunroof, and the side and rear curtains are removable to allow for additional air flow. It is available...
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  • Load Extender to Carry a Canoe on a 2011 Toyota 4Runner with Factory Roof Rack
  • Because the 2011 Toyota 4Runner comes with either factory side rails that run front to back or crossbars that run side to side, Yakima does not offer a Q-clip option for the vehicle. What I recommend, if the vehicle has a factory 2 inch trailer hitch, is the Goalpost, # TH997. This load extender fits into a 2 inch receiver, is height adjustable, and will offer much more stability for roof mounted items than a third bar would.
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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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  • Solutions for Carrying Kayaks on a 1980 Chevy C/K Series Extended Cab Pickup Truck
  • With the Thule roof rack installed on your 1980 Chevy truck, the maximum crossbar spacing will be 18 inches. This spacing is too narrow for the kayak carriers. But, if you have a 2 inch trailer hitch receiver, you can use the Thule Goalpost, # TH997. You would really only be able to carry one kayak with this system since one end would be on the Goalpost and the other would be on the crossbars on the roof of the vehicle using Thule Hydro Glide 1/2 System, # TH875XT. The saddles require...
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  • What Roof Rack for 2010 Ford Expedition XLT Can Carry Long Pieces of Lumber and is Easily Removable
  • Since you are intending to carry lumber on your Expedition I suggest that a first step be a review of your owners manual to confirm the vehicle roof weight capacity. I was able to find an online copy of the manual for the 2010 XLT but not a specific listing for roof weight capacity. Your owners manual or local dealership should be consulted for the roof weight limit to ensure that your intended lumber loads do not exceed it. Another consideration is that since you are transporting long...
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  • How to Carry a 10 Foot Long Tandem Bike on a 2006 Pontiac Torrent
  • I have a couple of possible solutions for you but the roof racks all have a bar spread of 16 inches like you have found. Here is what you can do: Option 1 would be to install a roof rack, like # TH45050. Then you would need to install a 2 inch trailer hitch like # 87572. You could then add the Thule Goalpost Hitch Mounted Load Bar, # TH997, which will essentially add a third crossbar at the back of the vehicle. The specific mount you were planning to use may not fit this set up, but...
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  • Roof Rack Recommendation For 2008 Ford F350 Super Duty With Sun Roof
  • I would recommend the following for a roof rack system for your 2008 Ford F350 Super Duty. Yakima 58 inch Crossbar, part # Y00409, which includes two crossbars,Yakima Q58 Q Clips, part # Y00658, includes two clamps. You will need TWO of this part number, for a total of four clamps.Yakima Q Towers, part # Y00124, includes 4 towers. The Q Clips clamp to the inside of the door jamb, and attach to the Q towers. The towers are attached to the crossbar, which keeps the towers stationary,...
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  • Are Load Stops Included with the Yakima DryDock Hitch Mount Boat Support
  • The Yakima DryDock, # Y02589 actually does not come with the load stops or a crossbar. The crossbar is sold separately along with any accessories that you might want to put on them like load stops, # Y05000. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to view. A similar item that does include the bar and load stops is the Thule Goal Post, # TH997.
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  • Is there a Ladder Rack that Will Fit a 2006 Chevy Avalanche
  • Because the Chevy Avalanche has a unique bed design, there are no ladder racks that will fit it. What you can do is add a roof rack, see link, and also use a trailer hitch, like # C15524 if needed, and use the Thule Goalpost, # TH997, and achieve the same effect. Or, you could use a universal roof rack single bar, # DTA968, the hitch, and Goalpost, which would be more economical than a complete roof rack.
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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...
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