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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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  • As long as you have a 2 inch receiver on your 2016 Ford F-150, I recommend the Thule Goalpost # TH997. This is one of our better options for kayak carriers and installs directly into your hitch. In addition to this carrier I recommend using a roof rack to secure your kayak to the roof of your truck instead of the foam blocks. If you have the SuperCrew Cab, the Rhino Rack Aero Bar Roof Rack kit is a great option. This include the Crossbars # RRVA150S-2, the Legs # RRRLKVA, and...
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  • Kayak carriers come in many varieties and some do indeed require a roof rack be present on the car. But there is also a lightweight and cost-effective type called a foam block kayak carrier that can be used on a vehicle with a bare roof, such as your Toyota Camry. Apart from being less costly and lighter than other types, these foam block kayak carriers allow your car to retain its normal appearance when you're not hauling your kayaks. They are also really easy to store inside...
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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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  • A solution for you to connect the bow tie-down on your Yakima SweetRoll # Y04074 is to use Thule Quick Loops # TH530. These provide mounting points in either the front or rear of your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon by installing directly under the hood or rear hatch. I've included a video for you to take a look at.
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  • If you want to be really cost-conscious you can skip the roof rack entirely and simply use one of our foam block type kayak carriers on your truck's topper. These are designed for transporting kayaks on vehicles that do not have a roof rack of any type. All such carriers can be seen on the linked page; one bargain-priced example is the SportRack # SR5525. Advantages of foam carriers include price (as stated) but also very light weight (which saves your topper's weight capacity...
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  • Since you need to carry up to 3 kayaks and the longest one you have is 10 feet in length the Thule Stacker part # TH830 would be your best option. Any of the other racks mentioned would require a second or third rack to carry all three at the same time since they aren't designed for carrying 3 kayaks like The Stacker is.
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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 on your Subaru Outback then Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier System, # TH881, is a good choice. If you will need to carry 2 kayaks, the Yakima BigStack Roof Mounted 2 Kayak Carrier System, # Y04041, is the carrier most often selected by our Outback customers and the Thule The Stacker - Rooftop Multi-Kayak Carrier, # TH830, is another great choice. The...
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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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  • The longest load extender is the Erickson Big Bed Load Extender for 2" Hitches - 400 lbs # EM07600. This is 52-1/2" long x 48-1/2" wide. For a 16 foot canoe, there really isn't a good solution for such a short bed without going onto the roof. I recommend the Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier w/ Hitch Mounted Load Extender and Single-Bar Roof Rack # DTA944-968-924 for your application. If you really don't want anything on your roof, then I recommend the Malone MicroSport...
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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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  • When it comes to a kayak carrier, I personally like the Rhino-Rack Nautic Roof Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs, # RR571. This carrier allows one person to easily load a kayak from the rear of the vehicle. If at some point you plan on carrying more than just one kayak on your roof, I would recommend going with Yakima's JayLow Kayak Carrier, # Y04073. This carrier has grooved cradles with integrated, side-loading ramps that hold the kayak to sit on it's side to free up space on your...
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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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  • 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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  • We have just the one kayak for demo purposes but basically with the Thule Stacker # TH830 you would have 2 kayaks on their sides on each side of the uprights. I have included a picture out of the instructions to illustrate this. Additional tie downs will be needed, # 853-5466 and # 753-2030-02.
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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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  • You have a few options in how you can transport your two kayaks on your 2016 Honda CR-V that has factory-installed roof crossbars. These include carriers that offer assisted loading, such as the Yakima roller carrier # Y04083-04082 as well as very cost-effective foam block carriers that mount on your factory bars. Note that in order to use two of the Glide and Set your crossbars have to provide 53-inches or more of available space. The best way to help decide which way to go...
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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 Yakima LongArm, # Y01149-1150,...
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  • The Rhino Rack Kayak Carrier part # S510 would attach to your crossbars on your 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek and would work well. This carrier comes with everything needed to attach to your crossbars plus straps for securing a kayak to the carrier. If you are looking for a carrier that would be better suited for carrying 2 kayaks on the very short crossbars of your vehicle the part # Y04041 would be a better choice. I attached a review video for this carrier for you to check out...
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  • The top canoe carrier for Subaru Outback owners is the Yakima KeelOver, # Y04069. The runner up is the universal foam block carrier, # SR5525. Neither of these carriers has a weight capacity limit so you would only be limited to the capacity of the vehicle roof or roof rack, whichever is lower. Consult the vehicle owners manual and/or Subaru for the capacities. If your Outback has the factory roof rack with crossbars that run side to side then both of these carriers will...
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