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  • 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...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Thule Hullavator part # TH898 takes up approximately 31 inches of cross bar space so you would need a 65 inch bar like you mentioned. So for that you would want the # MPG203 for a roof rack confirmed to fit the raised rails of your 2017 Subaru Forester that has 65 inch long bars.
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  • The Thule Hullavator part # TH898 that you referenced needs to have 4 to 8 inches of crossbar that extends past the foot of the roof rack. 12 inches would be too much. If you can move the crossbars in the feet you could slide the bars 4 inches in towards the vehicle and then you'd be able to install the # TH898,
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  • The length Thule roof rack crossbars needed to use the Hullavator # TH898 on your 2016 Honda CR-V depends on the type of roof the vehicle has. If your CR-V has the flush side rails that run front to back on the roof then you will need the 47 inch bars # TH712200 as well as foot pack # TH460R, and fit kit # THKIT3118. If your CR-V has a naked roof with no side rails or crossbars you would need the 53 inch bars # TH712400 along with foot pack # TH480R, and fit kit # THKIT1691.
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  • You can use longer crossbars on your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon as long as they don't go out past the mirrors on your vehicle. If they go out past the mirrors you can get ticketed for that. I reached out to Thule and confirmed that the Thule Podium Foot Pack for Aero Bars # TH460R and the fit kit # THKIT4052 will work with the 53 inch crossbars # THARB53. I also confirmed that the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier and Lift Assist with Tie-Downs - Side Loading # TH898 will...
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  • There are a few limitations when installing the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier and Lift, # TH898. The carrier will fit square and most crossbars with top channels in the crossbar. The crossbars must have a minimum spread of 24 inches. This is measured from center to center of the crossbars. Also, the crossbars must extend between 4 to 8 inches beyond the mounting feet of your roof rack. This length will guarantee the there will be enough between your vehicle and the...
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  • We have just what you'd need to install the Thule Hullavator # TH898 on the roof of your 2017 Ford Transit Connect with a naked roof. You will need a roof rack that has crossbars that run from left to right. For that the Thule Aeroblade roof rack part numbers # TH711420, # TH460R, and # THKIT3032 would be what you need. This rack is a confirmed fit for your vehicle and will attach to the factory fixed mounting points that you have on the roof of your vehicle
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  • I spoke to my contact at Thule and she informed me that when the Thule Hullavator Kayak Carrier part # TH898 that you referenced is extended down for kayak loading it will be 40 inches lower than the top of the roof rack crossbars. So that means if the top of your crossbars measures 67 inches from the ground that when the Hullavator is extended down the carrier will only be 27 inches from the ground. I asked my contact at Thule if your loading process would be okay and she...
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  • The 60 inch crossbars that Thule recommends for their Aeroblade roof rack for your 2013 Ford F-150 would be all that you need to install the Thule Hullavator part # TH898. So all of the parts you would need would be # THARB60, # TH480R, and # THKIT1521.
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  • Thule's awesome Hullavator load-assisted kayak carrier # TH898 requires a roof rack whose bars extend out past the rack feet by at least 4-inches; this is required to prevent the carrier from contacting the side of your vehicle during loading. Please refer to the linked diagrams to see this. If your CR-V has a roof with flush mounted rails that run front to back I suggest the Thule Podium roof rack made of parts # THLB50, # TH460 and # THKIT3166.
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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 Yakima roller carrier # Y04083-04082 as well as very cost-effective foam block carriers 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 which way to go...
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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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  • 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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  • When it comes to a kayak carrier, I personally like the Rhino-Rack Nautic Roof Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs, # RR571. This carrier allows one person to easily load a kayak from the rear of the vehicle. If at some point you plan on carrying more than just one kayak on your roof, I would recommend going with Yakima's JayLow Kayak Carrier, # Y04073. This carrier has grooved cradles with integrated, side-loading ramps that hold the kayak to sit on it's side to free up space on your...
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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 on your Subaru Outback then Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier System, # TH881, is a good choice. If you will need to carry 2 kayaks, the Yakima BigStack Roof Mounted 2 Kayak Carrier System, # Y04041, is the carrier most often selected by our Outback customers and the Thule The Stacker - Rooftop Multi-Kayak Carrier, # TH830, is another great choice. The...
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