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Thule The Stacker - Rooftop Multi-Kayak Carrier

Thule The Stacker - Rooftop Multi-Kayak Carrier

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Thule Watersport Carriers

  • Kayak
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • Thule
  • Post-Style
  • Folding
  • Aero Bars
  • Factory Bars
  • Round Bars
  • Square Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • Clamp On
  • No Load Assist
  • Side Loading
  • Non-Locking

This kayak rack offers the ultimate in carrying performance. With its 4 boat capacity and proven universal mounting system, The Stacker is the most efficient way to carry multiple whitewater kayaks.


Features:

  • Upper bridge design makes tying down boats easier than ever
  • Universal hardware for easy transfer from vehicle to vehicle
    • Mounting brackets clamp to existing load bars and roof racks
  • Folds down flat for a cleaner look when not in use
  • 1 Pair of ratcheting tie downs, 2 straps, and buckle protectors included


Specs:

  • Requires 24" minimum bar spread for proper mounting
  • Holds up to 4 kayaks
  • Fits Thule square, Rapid Aero and AeroBlade load bars; Yakima bars; and most factory installed luggage racks
    • For Thule Xsporter load bars, the Xadapt3 (THXADAPT3 - sold separately) is required for installation


Note: Kayak cannot be longer than 10 feet. If your kayak is longer than 10 feet, use part TH848. Also, if you want to use an ocean wider kayak, use part numbers TH834 or TH848.



830 Thule The Stacker - Rooftop Kayak Mounting System

Item # TH830

Installation Details TH830 Installation instructions


Customer Reviews

Thule The Stacker - Rooftop Multi-Kayak Carrier - TH830

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (40 Customer Reviews)

This kayak rack offers the ultimate in carrying performance. With its 4 boat capacity and proven universal mounting system, The Stacker is the most efficient way to carry multiple whitewater kayaks.

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My wife uses these to carry two small kayaks in the roof of her Subaru. They work great and we very happy with the purchase. She also likes finding her car easier in the parking lots, even with the carriers folded down. 670771


Comments
No issues after a year would definitely purchase again.
Sgkramar - 07/16/2020

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Looked everywhere to find a kayak rack that would fit on an existing 08 Xterra with a manufacturer storage rack and crossbar support. etrailer site had what I needed. They had a "blog" describing that this would work, with extension bolts (which they also supply). Received the system within 4 days, installed it in about 15 - 20 minutes on the manufacturer rack. Holds up great, first trip we traveled about 250 miles round trip with two kayaks on top (about 80 lbs total), in 20 - 30 mph winds. No problems at all. I am extremely happy with this system. I do use a few rubber cabinet liners cut and placed on the crossbars to help the kayaks from sliding (this is also very helpful). I have read a few reports of the boats coming lose, but have not had any issues. I have enclosed a few pictures to show how they install as well as how boats were secured. 406809



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These were easy to install and use. I do recommend this carrier for multiple kayaks transport. 184975


Comments
Do the kayaks sit directly on the Thule cross bars? Do you for see a problem rubbing, since there doesnt appear to be any type of padding between the kayak and the rails?
-- comment by: Sue C - 05/29/2015

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The kayaks sit on the Rhino Rack bars and against the Thule carrier stems and rubbing is not an issue because they should have direct contact anyway. The straps keep them tight to the carrier stems and rack barsno padding needed. This was the best system for us!
-- comment by: Tim B - 05/30/2015

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These are easy to install and fit the car without issues and look great. I purchased these to use with a Thule kayak rack and they fit perfect. 853471



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We needed a better way to haul around 3 kayaks and after looking at a number of options, we settled on the Thule Stacker setup. Installation is simple and the stackers provide a sturdy option for hauling multiple kayaks. One of the best features is that they fold down when you don't need to use them. My shopping experience with etrailer was smooth and shipping was prompt. 815162



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This rack is great! Looks good and is easy to assemble. 806272



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Great product. Easy to install and remove when necessary. Carry two kayaks and they work great. 770848



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These TH830 hold the kayaks side up for less wind resistance. Easy to tie to but I do carry a step ladder to reach center on top of jeep 706785



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Received the rack on time as promised. Unfortunately UPS smashed the box and repacked it. eTrailer responded immediately and sent a replacement. The rack fit my 2011 Santa Fe perfectly and worked as advertised. I highly recommend eTrailer for their products and customer service. 688541



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Good information on site. There are photos of the installation which help a lot. The product is working well to transport two 10’ kayaks on roof rack of 2015 Subaru Outback. 655715



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We love the boat carrier. It can hold 4 kayaks on a Nissan xterra (which is a very narrow vehicle) 646826



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The product came quickly and was in perfect condition. Second time I've ordered something from this company and both times they have been flawless. 619648



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great product well documented installation instructions. Durable and kayaks are secure. Only negative is the roof rack clamp created a leak in driver side window that I have made a few adjustments but a slight leak continues. 554760



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Excellent company to do business with I have bought many items from E trailer always on time and never a problem thank you for the great service 547038



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This company has great with customer service. I’ve bought a few things from them now. They seem like a very hands on company. I bought a thule roof rack and thule kayak stacker from them and the products were best price and as advertised. I will keep doing business with them 524576



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Fits fine. Solid. Never had an issue with it so far. Been installed a couple years now. Mounts attach fine to the roof of a Focus ST. No slip. 520642



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Easy to install and looks great! 518267



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Great product. Fast shipping. Thanks et railer! 503640



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I purchased this for my son and friend, and told me it works great. It is easy to attach, fold down when not in use, and takes up very little space when storing. It made a great gift, as well as making loading and unloading simple and easy. 485360



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Could not be more pleased with the service or product. This will always be my first stop when shopping for similar items. 473005



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They Work Well, but Depending upon your position of the roof racks you may get wind whistle if you don't have the kayaks up there, otherwise with the kayaks it was great easy to use and mount on my Rhino Rack, wish they had a front wind cover that would mount and prevent wind Whistle. They definitely worked well with 2 kayaks up there, I will be trying with 3 in July. 385478



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Thule never disappoints. 374417



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Shipped quickly, Packaged very well. Installed in about an hour or so. Looks good on my truck. Will use them this weekend to carry 2 kayaks 290057



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Excellent- Easy to install and well bui lt 284965


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    You'll want the Thule Quick Draw Tie-Down Ropes # TH855XT for additional straps with the Thule Stacker part # TH830. You'll want two sets of these since you have three kayaks and the Stacker comes with straps for one kayak. I attached a review video for this strap kit for you to check out as well.
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  • Do Bow/Stern Tie-Downs Need To Be Attached to Hood and Rear of Vehicle To Secure Kayaks
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  • Does Thule Stacker TH830 4-Kayak Carrier Require Additional Straps and Ropes for 4 Kayaks
    Using the Thule Stacker # TH830 multi-kayak carrier with 4 kayaks will require additional bow/stern ropes and additional straps since the carrier comes equipped with enough for one boat. Each of the 4 kayaks must have its own set of bow/stern tie-down ropes # TH855XT or something similar as well as its own straps to secure it to the Stacker, such as # 753-2030-02, or again, a similar item like # E98876-4. You can certainly use another brand of straps/ropes like # IMF12637 so long as...
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    I recommend the Thule square bar system to mount your 4 kayaks to your 2018 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab. There's a few separate parts you need: Square Load Bars, Item # TH712400 Roof-Rack Foot Pack, Item # TH710501 Roof-Rack Fit Kit, Item # TH145106 Once you have the roof rack add the Stacker, Item # TH830, to carry the kayaks on the rack. It's a great choice because it can handle all 4 of them. Although if your kayaks are 10 feet or longer then the Thule Stacker will not work for...
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  • Recommended Roof Rack for 2015 Toyota RAV4 to Carry Thule Stacker Kayak Carrier
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  • Will the Thule Stacker Kayak Carrier Fit a 2011 Nissan Xterra with Factory Roof Rack
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  • Kayak Carrier Recommendation for Carrying up to 3 Kayaks
    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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  • Recommendation for Carrying Two Kayaks on a Ford Excursion
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  • Does Thule Stacker Kayak Carrier have Weight Limit
    Since the Thule The Stacker # TH830 does not carry any weight (the crossbars of the roof rack do) this carrier does not have a weight limit. The only limit this carrier has is based on the length of the kayaks. As long as the boats are 10 feet or less in length like yours this would work well. To carry 2 kayaks you will need additional tie-downs for the bow and stern like part # 853-5466, and straps like part # 753-2030-02.
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    The Thule Stacker # TH830 referenced in your question can certainly be used to transport your paddleboard, as long as you secure it properly using the included ratcheting tie-downs and straps. You will simply mount your paddleboard the same way you would kayaks on this system. I have included a video demonstration on this system so you can see exactly how everything works. The posts will use the included mounting brackets to clamp onto the existing roof rack crossbars on your vehicle....
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