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. Call 800-298-8924 to order Thule Hitch Cargo Carrier part number TH997 or order online at Free expert support on all Thule products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Thule Goalpost Hitch Mounted Load Bar. Hitch Cargo Carrier reviews from real customers.
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Thule Goalpost Hitch Mounted Load Bar

Thule Hitch Cargo Carrier

(7 reviews)

Code:   TH997


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

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Video Transcript for Thule Goalpost Hitch Mounted Load Bar Review

Today we'll be reviewing the Thule Goal Post hitch mounted load bar part number TH997. This goal post provides a front or rear mounted load bar that works with a 2 inch hitch receiver and allows you to carry loads longer than your truck bed. It can easily be adjusted to fit different heights and includes 2 load stabs to provide lateral load support. We'll start of our review by assembling and installing it on to the vehicle. We'll first take the goal post stinger and slide it into the receiver tube of our hitch. We'll then line up the pin holes and thread our anti rattle bolt through the pin holes tightening it with a wrench. There is a built in anti wobble mechanism that keeps the goal post snug in the receiver for stability and to reduce noise and vibration.

We'll then insert the upper half of the goal post into the opening of the stinger at the top. We want to make sure that it slides all the way down we can continue working on it at about chest height. We'll then position the load bar onto to the horizontal bracket, we'll then place in our in caps at each end of the load bar. Next lining up the holes in the load bar with the holes in the horizontal bracket. We'll take the Y brackets and M6 carriage bolts and insert our carriage bolts through the holes.

We'll put the Y brackets on both the front and rear side of the goal post putting on our washer and nut and tightening it with the wrench. Once everything is all tighten down and secured, we can attach the two load stops with the shorter carriage bolts and two wing nuts keeping them tight and loosely you can adjust them for your load. This load bar has a telescoping design that allows you to adjust the height to accommodate for different size trucks and SUVs. It will telescope vertically from 54 1/2 inches all the way up to 66 inches. This pin here secures the upright bar in place at the height adjustment points. Next we'll take the included anti sway straps to help prevent the goal post from swinging back and forth while your vehicle is in motion.

Now on the top hole, for the upper part of the goal post we'll insert the silver hook into the hole and then move down to one corner of our vehicle where we will find the sturdy anchor point for the other hook. We'll then bring the strap up tightening it loosely. We'll then repeat these steps for the other strap. Now that both straps have been positioned, we can then move back and forth tightening each strap a little bit a time that the goal post doesn't lean to one side of the vehicle. We'll then secure the excess strap.

The kit comes with one 58 inch Thule load bar and 2 load stops. The load stops can be placed anywhere along the load bar to provide lateral support for all your gear. The Thule goal post is constructed of a high strength steel for all durability and is made in the USA. It has a weight capacity of a 165 pounds. Now that we've gone over some of the assembly and the installation, as well as some of the features and specs, that will complete today's review of the Thule Goal Post hitch mounted load bar part number TH997. .

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Thule Goalpost Hitch Mounted Load Bar - TH997

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (7 Customer Reviews)

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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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


Is there any problem with front visibility and any possible laws for blocking front view? I am looking to do something similar with two kayaks while pulling my fifth wheel?ThanksSteve

comment by: Steve K - 06/15/2015


Steve, there is no significant interference with visibility nor am I aware of any legal impediments to this set-up. I have been using this system for over a year now with no trouble with drive-ability and no attention from law enforcement. I have two 10-foot kayaks that I carry on the Thule roof racks as an alternate to the canoe, but they dont over-hang to the point of needing the front support that the 16-foot canoe does.

comment by: Gruf - 06/17/2015


Gruf thanks for replying to Steve's question. Steve, we do recommend checking with your local DOT office or highway patrol to make sure that you are within legal cargo regulations, since they vary depending on where you are traveling.

Rachael H - 6/17/2015

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by: JohnC06/25/2015

We have down-sized our family car... from a full-sized V8 SUV to a Subaru Forester. However, I still need to do home repairs using my smaller new car. First situation: How do I carry 4'x8' sheets of plywood and/or 12' lumber with the Subaru roof rack? Its cross bars are only 3' apart front to rear. Answer: The Thule Goalpost. My roof rack combined with the Goalpost now has a 7' span front to rear. And, the Goalpost crossbar is over 4' wide. Easy to assembly, install and use, the Goalpost is heavily-built and the paint had no imperfections. The height of the Goalpost is adjustable and has a setting that matches my roof rack height. I do not know how they did that! This is a good product. 207097

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by: Gary P.03/12/2012

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

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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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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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by: pete t09/21/2012

product works great ! 55376

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by: Andrew F05/30/2015

Works as described. 198626


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  • You can add a roof rack to your 2011 Toyota Tacoma, but if you have a naked roof (no side rails that run front to back) you will not be able to use a kayak carrier because the space between the bars will be too short. If you do have side rails that run front to back then I have a solution for you. You can install Thule Crossroads feet, # TH450 and load bars, # THLB58. Then you can use The Stacker, # TH830 to carry the kayaks. If you do not have the side rails you can add a roof rack...
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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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  • Truck Bed Bike Rack and Kayak Carriers for 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500
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  • How to Carry 2 Kayaks on a 2008 Ford Escape with Factory Roof Rack
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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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  • First, the dual receivers like # RM-077-4, cannot be used for towing like you have said. One issue is that you would have to add a ball mount to the end of the receiver and that extra link in the chain can create too much stress for anything other than flat towing. Though this item is rated for 400 pounds tongue weight, the tongue weight of a trailer can fluctuate as you travel whereas a vehicle is being towed with 4 wheels on the ground and has virtually no tongue weight. These receivers...
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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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