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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. 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 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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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   (16 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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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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The order arrived relatively quickly, undamaged. I put it together right away to make sure all the parts were there and didn't even need to refer to the directions with the exception of the straps that secure it to the bumper. That didn't help, though, since the rack didn't have the attachment points noted in the instructions. I'm not too worried about that, though, since I should be able to figure something out. The Thule rack wasn't discounted as most of the other racks were on the site, but I have some other Thule attachments from previous racks that I might be able to use, so I went with it and can't wait to load-up my expedition kayak this week for the first time this season. It's installed on a Nissan Titan crew cab with the shorter bed. I have a factory forward rack in the truck bed and I'm hoping that I'm able to skip installation of the cab-top temporary rack. 502405

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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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Purchased this to mount on a front hitch receiver on our truck. We pull a fifth wheel camper and carry our bicycles on a rooftop rack on the truck. We wanted to be able to also carry our kayaks. The Thule GoalPost will support the front of the kayaks while the back rests on the roof rack. The GoalPost was well made, easy to assemble, and appears to be up to the task. This is the first Thule product I have owned; always used Yakima, but didn't like the y-shape of the Yakima. I thought it would block too much when on the front of the truck. My package was missing a few items. etrailer responded promptly and said they would send them right out. 454695

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The Thule Goalpost works like a charm. Once the boat was placed on the Thule roof rack, it is easy to adjust the height of the GoalPost to level it out for safe traveling. After snugging the tiedowns front and back the boat made a 1300 mile trip without a problem. Thule products work great! 373149


I expect to use the Thule Goalpost again this year to transport a standup paddle board I have built. In particular, the straps attached to the Goalpost keep it rock steady when traveling. There is no wobble back and forth.

Stu W - 04/27/2018


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

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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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Assembly was a breeze, shipping was quick, quality is fantastic. 414463

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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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The Thule 997 Goal Post Hitch Mounted Carrier costs more than the competition, and it is worth every penny. Great job Thule, and thank you, etrailer for excellent response time. 281346

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It's a great product and I may even find a use for it sometime but now it does not work for me and I would like to return it. 415461

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I can't complain one bit. It's held up well and gets used quite a bit. etrailer's customer service is top notch too 390902

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Products were easy to install! Customer Service were easy to deal with and knowledgeable. 551513

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great product. Just as described. 282242

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product works great ! 55376

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Works as described. 198626


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  • Options for Carrying Two 12 Foot Kayaks While Towing a 5th Wheel
  • 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 employees'...
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  • Recommended Way to Carry a Kayak for a Ford F-150
  • 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 the Fit...
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  • Recommended Method to Carry Kayaks on 2015 Toyota Highlander XLE with Factory Roof Rack
  • There are several ways you can go to rig your 2015 Toyota Highlander with fixed factory roof crossbars for transporting kayaks. Adding a secondary roof rack is not an option, however, since aftermarket racks would have to use the same mounting points as your OEM bars. I confirmed this with my contacts at both Rhino-Rack and Thule. But there are also other ways you can carry kayaks that might give you additional cargo-carrying capabilities and/or possibly save you some money as compared...
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  • Recommended Roof Rack Options for Carrying a Canoe on Roof of 2014 Ford F150 w/ Camper Shell
  • I have two alternatives. One would involve installing tracks and crossbars on your truck camper shell. You'd start by installing Thule Top Tracks, part # THTB60. You'd also need the feet # TH460, the fit kit, part # THKIT3101 and crossbars, part # THLB50. Installing this kit would involve drilling into your camper shell to install the roof tracks. Another option would use a Hitch Mounted Load Bar, part # TH997, a single square load bar # 853-0182-14, the foot for the crossbar, part #...
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  • Front Mount Hitch and Kayak Carrier Recommendation for 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500
  • For a front mounted hitch for your 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500 I would recommend the Curt Hitch part # C31071 that you referenced as it has been confirmed to fit your vehicle. To carry your kayaks you would also want the Thule Goalpost part # TH997 as this will fit the front hitch. And then for a roof rack for your truck you would want the Yakima rack that consists of parts # Y00410, # Y00607, and # Y00124. For securing the kayaks you could use the Yakima Bow/Stern Tie-Down System...
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  • Diameter of Crossbar of LongArm Truck Bed Load Extender, Item # Y01149
  • The diameter of the crossbar on the LongArm Truck Bed Load Extender, Item # Y01149 is 2 inches. This is more designed for carrying kayaks like how I attached a picture of and not with a roof rack carrier. For what you are looking for the Thule Goalpost part # TH997 would be a better option.
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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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  • Why Does a Sunroof Reduce the Roof Rack Weight Capacity on a 2013 Ford Escape
  • The sunroof is basically a hole in the roof with a moving glass portion in it so because there is less metal and metal surface area the capacity is reduced. Since 45 pounds is not much at all There is a way that you could carry more weight on top of your 2013 Ford Escape. To do so you would need to have a Class III trailer hitch, # 75758, and then use the Thule Goalpost # TH997. This will carry some of the weight so as long as just 45 pounds is on the roof rack on your Escape and the...
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  • Availability of T-Load Extender to Carry Canoe in 1-1/4 Inch Receiver Hitch
  • I'm assuming you're speaking of a 1-1/4 inch receiver (inside dimension of receiver tube.) Rhino Rack offers the # RRRTL001 load extender that will work with a 2 inch trailer ball. The rest of the load extenders are only compatible with a 2 inch receiver. If is possible that you could use an adapter like part # HTAD, but using the adapter would lower the tongue weight capacity of the hitch (maximum amount of downward force that can be safely applied to hitch) by 50 percent. So, if your...
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  • Roof Rack Recommendation for a 2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab for Kayaks, Ladders, and Lumber
  • 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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  • Carrying 2 Kayaks Using a Thule Goalpost in a Front Mount Trailer Hitch on a 2011 Ford F-250
  • The Thule Goalpost # TH997 comes with a 58 inch load bar. The combined width of your kayaks would be 56 inches so they should fit. The weight capacity is 165 pounds. The only other items you are going to need are some tie downs for the kayaks and a roof rack bar. To add a single bar you will need Traverse 2-pack foot pack, # TH4802, a 58 inch load bar, # 853-0182-14, and fit kit # THKIT1508. For tie downs you can use # TH521. I also recommend protective pads, # Y04070, to go on the...
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  • Carrying a Canoe While Towing a 5th Wheel Trailer with a 2015 Ford F-350 Crew Cab
  • Other than the front mount hitch for your 2015 Ford F-350 such as # 65049 you will also need at least a single roof rack bar and a carrier of some kind to hold the canoe. This would be in addition to a support used in the front mount hitch. For a single roof rack bar you could save some money and use the Darby Turbo rack # DTA968. It uses a strap that runs through the interior of the vehicle to secure to the roof. Otherwise I recommend a regular roof rack with 2 crossbars for more support...
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  • Comparing the Thule Goalpost and the Erickson Big Bed Load Extender
  • The Thule Goalpost Hitch Mounted Load Bar part # TH997 weighs around 30 lbs and the Erickson Big Bed Load Extender for Truck Bed or Roof part # EM07600-07601 weighs around 57 lbs. As you mentioned, the Erickson load extender is less cost effective but also has a high weight capacity and is more easily stored. They both have a height adjustment from 54 - 66" so you can use them on either your 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander or your 2003 Chrysler Voyager. I have attached a review video of each...
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  • Roof Rack and Kayak Carrier for a 2016 GMC Sierra 1500
  • Since installing a roof rack on a cap will involve drilling into it I am sure you would rather avoid doing that. A roof rack on your 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 with (or without) the Goalpost # TH997 would be your best option. For a Thule roof rack the part numbers # THLB58, # TH480, and # THKIT1745 would be a confirmed fit. I attached an install video for this rack on a similar Silverado. Then you could use the Hull A Port part # TH835PRO for each of the kayaks. This option would allow...
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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 # C13422 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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  • Carrying a Canoe with a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab
  • If you have the regular cab on your 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 then the two crossbars of a roof rack system will not be able to sit far away enough from each other to properly support your canoe. That is why you only saw the Yakima BedRock # Y01140-78 in the fit guide for roof racks. You can go with the BedRock, but if you plan on using the bed of your truck for gear then I have some other solutions for you. The Darby Extend-A-Truck # DTA944-968-924 is a very popular product on...
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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, # SR5525, 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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  • 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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  • Thule Goalpost Vs. the Rhino Rack T-Load Comparison
  • The feedback is dead even between the Rhino Rack T-Load part # RTL002 that you referenced and the Thule GoalPost # TH997. Currently they both have the exact same amount of reviews and they all have been 5 out of 5 stars so I can recommend both for you. They both have the same 165 lb weight capacity, but the edge for me goes to the Rhino Rack as it can tilt back and has aero shaped bars that will give you better fuel mileage. I attached videos for both products for you to check out as well.
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  • Carrying a Kayak on a 2016 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Short Bed with Tonneau Cover
  • Using a load extender with a roof rack is a great idea! It will allow you to keep the tailgate closed and the Tonneau cover in place just like you want. To make that happen let's first look at roof racks. Since you will be using a load extender you can use a single bar roof rack. You will just need bar # RRVA150S, feet # RRRLKVAH, and fit kit # DK427H. Then, for a load extender, I recommend # Y01149-1150. It will not only support the kayak in the loaded position but it also helps load...
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