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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 Thule Glide and Set # TH883 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 help decide...
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  • I can offer you a simple and very cost-effective option for transporting your kayak on your 2015 Ram 1500 Quad cab. Foam block type kayak carriers (shown on the linked page) offer a powerful combination of virtues: they are inexpensive, lightweight, fast and easy to install and remove and they require no permanent mods to your truck. For instance, SportRack offers their 1-kayak carrier system # SR5525 and also an adjustable version # SR5527 that fits kayaks of various widths....
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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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  • The Thule The Stacker # TH830 that you referenced is designed to carry up to 4 kayaks at once. So as long as you have a roof rack on your Honda Odyssey and/or Subaru Outback that has the weight capacity for the weight of your 4 kayaks this carrier should work well for you as this carrier is designed to fit nearly all cross bar shapes. I attached a review video for this carrier for you to check out as well.
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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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  • The Swagman kayak carrier, # S65148, could fit the Rhino-Rack aero bars but it would not be the best fit due to the designed of the mounting hardware as shown in the included picture. I recommend the Rhino-Rack J-Style kayak carrier # S510 which is going to be a better fit. I have linked a video review for you. These carriers are meant to carry one kayak. To carry 2 you would need to use 2 sets of these carriers.
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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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  • When it comes to matters of weight capacity the vehicle manufacturer always gets the final word. If Ford engineers have determined that the crossbars on the moonroof-equipped 2013 Escape have a maximum weight capacity of 45-lbs then we cannot recommend exceeding that limit by carrying two 40-50-lb kayaks. We can offer a safer solution for you if your Escape is equipped with a 2-inch hitch. We offer lightweight trailers such as the Yakima Rack and Roll Trailer # Y08106. This...
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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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  • I have a solution for you, however, there are a few things we want to look at before we can determine exactly what you need to carry both of your kayaks. The first step to take before carrying any kayaks or cargo on the roof of your 2012 Volkswagen Jetta is to find the weight capacity of the roof. A Volkswagen dealer may be able to provide this information since your vehicle did not come with a factory roof rack. Exceeding the weight capacity of your roof could damage the vehicles...
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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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  • According to Thule, their Hull-A-Port # TH834 is a fit for the factory crossbars on your 2012 Outback. To carry two kayaks, you would need two of the carriers. The Hull-A-Port has a 75 lb capacity, you will need to ensure that the weight capacity of your vehicle roof and its rack will not be exceeded by the weight of your kayaks. You should be able to find the roof rack capacity in the owners manual or perhaps on a sticker placed on the rack itself. The Hull-A-Ports include...
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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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  • We don't have a video that shows the Thule Hullavator # TH898 being installed on a set of Thule Aeroblade crossbars but I can describe to you the process. I also attached pictures that I took from the install instructions that show how it attaches as well. Basically you would remove the wind diffuser on the top of the Aeroblade bar so that you could cut out sections for the install of the square nut that installs in the channel that provides the attachment point for the rack....
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