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Rhino-Rack Nautic 581 Rear Loading Kayak Carrier - Saddle Style - Rear Loading - Channel Mount

Rhino-Rack Nautic 581 Rear Loading Kayak Carrier - Saddle Style - Rear Loading - Channel Mount

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Kayak carrier lets you load and carry 1 kayak on your roof rack crossbars. Fabric covers on rear saddles allow easy loading from the back of the vehicle. High-grip saddles hold your kayak securely in place. Mounts to most crossbars with C-channels. Lowest Prices for the best watersport carriers from Rhino Rack. Rhino-Rack Nautic 581 Rear Loading Kayak Carrier - Saddle Style - Rear Loading - Channel Mount part number RR581 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Rhino Rack Watersport Carriers - RR581

  • Kayak
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • Rhino Rack
  • Saddle-Style
  • Aero Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • Clamp On
  • No Load Assist
  • Rear Loading
  • Locks Included

Kayak carrier lets you load and carry 1 kayak on your roof rack crossbars. Fabric covers on rear saddles allow easy loading from the back of the vehicle. High-grip saddles hold your kayak securely in place. Mounts to most crossbars with C-channels.


Features:

  • 4 Saddle-style cradles let you transport 1 kayak hull side down on your roof rack crossbars
    • Rhino-Rack Heavy-Duty crossbars require longer bolts (HD-FK1 - sold separately) to install
  • Spring-loaded rear cradles let 1 person easily load a kayak from the rear of a vehicle
    • Felt pads on cradles let kayak slide up and onto your crossbars
    • Cradle heads pivot to accommodate the various widths of the kayak as it's loaded
  • Rubber-padded front cradles with 3 flexible joints securely grip your hull
    • Soft rubber pads protect kayak hull from scratches and abrasions
  • 2 Load straps with a padded cam buckles secure kayak to your roof rack
  • 2 Bow/stern tie-downs anchor kayak to your vehicle
  • Easy installation on most crossbars with C-channels
  • UV-resistant, glass-reinforced nylon saddles and stainless steel hardware ensure durability
  • Built-in security hardware deters theft - leg bolts require special tool (included) to loosen


Specs:

  • Application: most crossbars with top channels
  • Minimum crossbar spread: 23-9/16"
  • Saddle surface area: 7-7/8" x 2-15/16"
  • Tie-down strap length: 9-3/4'
  • Bow/stern rope length: 18'
  • 5-Year limited warranty


581 Rhino Rack Nautic Roof-Mounted Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs - Rear Loading - C-Channel Mounts

Installation Details RR581 Installation instructions




Customer Reviews

Rhino-Rack Nautic 581 Rear Loading Kayak Carrier - Saddle Style - Rear Loading - Channel Mount - RR581

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (14 Customer Reviews)

Kayak carrier lets you load and carry 1 kayak on your roof rack crossbars. Fabric covers on rear saddles allow easy loading from the back of the vehicle. High-grip saddles hold your kayak securely in place. Mounts to most crossbars with C-channels.

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Racks are similar to the Thule glide-n-set, which is probably one of the best saddle designs for the Native Ultimates that I like to paddle. I like the locking covers and adjustments. Makes things easy on the Rhino Vortex bars. 578115



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Bought a Rhino Rack cross bar and kayak carrier. Contacted etrailer by phone to confirm the fit to my vehicle. Very helpful individual who let me know what was in stock. Both items were delivered in one week. Easily installed with very clear directions. Videos instructions on the web site are available and helpful. Insalled the items and used them the next day to haul my kayak on a 700 mile round trip with no issues. I would certainly use etrailer again. 196695



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I've been using this product for the past year to carry my 10 foot pelican kayak, and is has done the job without any problems. The pads and provided tie-downs hold the kayak securely. Its easy to load the kayak by myself by sliding the kayak onto the holders from the rear. I also appreciate that it comes with a lockable plastic cover over the wing nut to deter would be thieves. This is a great product, and a great value compared to its competitors. 414372


Comments
Its been another year, and the carrier is still working great. When you get the holders in the right position, the kayak stays secure
Brad F - 08/03/2018

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A year later and this kit is working fine. If you have a sit-on-top Kayak, these don't work very well, unless you really crank down the tension on the straps...not good for the kayak. We wound up flipping the kayak over and carrying it upside down. This seems to work well, but would be MUCH better with two of the rear felt holders instead of the front rubber holder. The felt holders go nice and snug up against the side of the kayak. I'd buy a second set of the rear holders, but Rhino doesn't sell just the rear holders. 405838



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I use the RR581 to carry my 11.5', 75 lb., kayak. It's quite easy to slide the kayak into the carrier with the aid of a boatroller that attaches to the car with suction cups. The kayak is held on the carrier with four straps (included with the carrier). I'm quite happy with this purchase. 572676



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I recently purchased the Rhino rack below with these boat supports: Rhino-Rack Nautic 581 Rear Loading Kayak Carrier - Saddle Style - Rear Loading - Channel Mount Item # RR581 Also, I attached a Yakima Jaylow kayak carrier, all to a 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. On the 54 inch aero bars, I was able to carry a Hobie Compass Duo kayak (35" beam, carried flat on the Rhino pads) and West Marine Pompano 120 (28" beam, propped up as shown on the Jaylow racks). To have enough width, the Jaylows and the Rhino pads are mounted as far out as they can go, and the straps are looped back under the rack pillars on the car. The bow and stern were secured with hood loops on each side (front diagonal straps on the Hobie), on the front placed under the hood where shown (this is the only place I could find a good metal-metal contact under the hood, and no electronics in the way), and in the back, tucked under the rear door. We did a 500 mile round trip to the beach and back, with no problems at all with the mounts. Little noise, no movement. My only recommendation is to figure out some kind of load assist for the large tandem kayak, to make it easier if one of the folks loading is under 5'8" in height or so. We worked it out, but only after a few failed attempts (especially when the boat is wet, and loaders are tired). Carol C at etrailer provided thoughtful, expert, and knowledgeable tech support for our purchase. Many thanks! 669374



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Works great on my Ram truck. I pull a 5th wheel RV so I can’t use the truck bed for my kayaks. I bought the Rhino Rack roof rack from etrailer, as well. It is very easy to slide the kayak onto the roof with this carrier. Then I slide my second kayak on top of the first one. It is easy to do by myself, which is what I was looking for. I’d also like to give a shout-out to etrailer for their great customer service! They had both of these items in stock, and actually beat the price on Amazon. 836904



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Great. 811480



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Easy to install and great quality. Definitely a must for kayaks. 771989



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Easy installation 766642



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I had done some extensive research on the best products, and price for my vehicle. Made a call talked to Bill, he helped me figure out every thing I needed. Great a experience with Etrailer. 380502



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The product was as advertised and delivered promptly. It doesn't fit my kayak as well as I had hoped but it will work with the included straps. 329416



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Works great. My 12' fishing kayak goes on and off easily. 265299



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Rhino rack 581 is a lot of bang-for-your-buck! Nicely put together. Easy installation. 136128


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    If you have a Thule branded TracONE Truck Bed Ladder Rack part # TH27000XT then the yes, the the Rhino-Rack Nautic 581 Rear Loading Kayak Carrier part # RR581 will fit. However, if you have a TracRac branded TracONE Truck Bed Ladder Rack TA27000-01 then no, the Rhino-Rack Nautic 581 Rear Loading Kayak Carrier part # RR581 will not fit. If you do have the old TracRac TracONE Truck Bed Ladder Rack then you would need to upgrade to the new Thule branded TracONE Truck Bed Ladder Rack in...
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    Yes! The T-Bolts for the Rhino-Rack Nautic 581 Rear Loading Kayak Carrier # RR581 have the same dimensions as the T-Bolts for the Thule Load Stops # 753-3761 which fit the Thule Xsporter Pro # TH500XT that you referenced.
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    The difference between the two kayak carriers are the type of crossbars they mount on. The Rhino Rack Nautic # RR571 is compatible with round, square, aero, elliptical, and most factory crossbars by clamping on. The Rhino Rack Nautic 581 # RR581 is compatible with crossbars that have a bar or T-slot channel. I've added links to video installs of each product so you can see the difference. As for a spacer, it would depend on how tall your crossbars are, and though you may be able to...
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  • What is the Weight Capacity of the Rhino Rack Nautic 581 Rear Loading Kayak Carrier
    The Rhino Rack Nautic 581 Rear Loading Kayak Carrier # RR581 that you referenced will have no problem carrying your 85 lbs Predator MX. Since the Nautic 581 was created with professional kayaking in mind, it's weight capacity is the same as that of the roof rack on your vehicle. My contact at Rhino-Rack confirmed this.
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    I called the manufacture of the Rhino Rack Nautic 581 Rear Loading Kayak Carrier part # RR581 and they told me that it would probably work with your Malibu X-13 kayak but would not be the best way to carry the kayak due to the shape of the hull. The best way to carry this kayak would involve a very simple crossbar pad like Rhino-Rack SUP and Surfboard Pads part # RRRWP05 along with tie-downs like the Rhino-Rack Bonnet Tie-Down Strap with Anchor part # RRRBAS1-2. The hull of the kayak...
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    The Rhino-Rack Nautic 581 Rear Loading Kayak Carrier # RR581 that you referenced is compatible with the top channels of the Malone Aero2 bars like what you have that have the push down rubber channels. You'd just need to push the weather stripping down to start this rack into the channel and then slide them all the way in. I attached a review video for this carrier for you to check out as well.
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    For rear loading a kayak, Rhino-Rack has two model carriers that can work on your 2001 Ford Excursion. If you are using standard crossbars with no T-channel, then the Rhino-Rack Nautic Roof Kayak Carrier, # RR571, is the way to go. This carrier can mount to round, square, aero, elliptical, and most factory crossbars. The felt padding on the carrier pads allows the kayak to slide easily when loading. If you have a set of crossbars that use the bar or T-slot channel to mount the carrier,...
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