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How Much Crossbar Spread Is Needed For Kayak Carrier And Bike Carriers On Camper Shell Roof Rack

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Im drilling into the snugtop camper shell attached to my Chevy truck,and was wondering if theres a recommended distance apart the bars should be spaced. Theres no recommendation in the Yakima literature, except for a minimum of 24. My concern is I dont want the bars too far apart so my kayaks, when on edge, touch the roof, or too far apart for other accessories like bike trays etc. Thank you.

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The crossbar spread will vary depending on the accessory you want to put on the roof rack.

The Yakima FrontLoader Wheel Mount Bike Carrier, part # Y02103 will work with a crossbar spread between 16 and 48 inches, so you can see it will work with most roof racks.

Most kayak carriers, like part # TH834 require at least 24 inches crossbar spread. I recommend making sure you have at least the 24 inches for a spread but I would probably place them about 28 inches apart. Again, I recommend selecting any accessories you want to place on the roof rack and try to find a bar spread that works for all of them.

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