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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • INNO makes a great surfboard carrier that is lockable. For that you'd want the part # INA446 which would fit all crossbar shapes. For a roof rack for your 2016 Prius V I'd recommend a Thule Aeroblade roof rack as it will give you the best aerodynamics like the Thule part numbers # THARB53, # TH480R, and # THKIT1668.
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  • The TracRac ladder rack bars are quite large; too large for me to be comfortable saying that you could trim away foam blocks # SR5525 to fit around them. But I do have a solution for you. You can use the Thule Surf Pads # TH803 to protect the hull of the kayak. These pads will fit the old Thule Xsporter bars which are similar in shape and size to the TracRac bars. You would then just need bow and stern tie downs to secure the kayak to the TracRac bars, # TH855XT.
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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 like the SportRack # SR5526 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...
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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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  • 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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  • As long as you have a 2 inch receiver on your 2016 Ford F-150, I recommend the Rhino-Rack T-Load Hitch Mounted Support Bar # RTL002. 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,...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • I have attached a drawing from the installation instructions for the Yakima Kayak Stacker Roof Mounted 2 Kayak Carrier System, part # Y04036. I would suggest placing the bottom of the larger kayak against the post with the bow facing forward. I would then place the bow of the second kayak facing forward as well with the cockpit facing the cockpit of the first kayak, which would reduce wind drag. I have linked you to an installation video for this carrier. I would also suggest...
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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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  • 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 folding J-style carriers simply fold down flat as you referenced. This gives you less noise due to wind resistance than the non-folding J-style carriers when not in use and also allows you to load multiple kayaks easier simply due to more maneuverability. There are a few that allow a vertical position as well as the angled position for multiple kayaks on one carrier. I recommend the Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Side Loading # Y04073 due...
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  • There is a solution which is going to help save your kayaks from any further damage. To mount them on your TracRac # TA27000-01 I recommend using the Malone Foam Kayak Block # MPG159. These are going to fit directly over the four-inch bars on your Trac-Rac, and you would need two of them per kayak. For tie-downs you would want to use the Malone Bow and Stern Tie-Down Kit # MPG306. I've added links to review videos on both of these products for you.
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