Recommended 2-Kayak Carrier Solution for 2015 GMC Sierra Double Cab with Folding Tonneau Cover

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2015 GMC Sierra Double Cab - 6ft - 6in box with a folding tonneau cover. Im looking for either a ladder Rack or a roof rack to carry two 14 ft kayaks - 150 lbs total. The truck does not have any existing roof rails. Is there anything you carry that would work for me?

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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 bar. Darby offers their Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier # DTA944-968-924 that includes both a roof crossbar to support the front end of the kayaks and a hitch-mount load support that will suspend the rear end of the kayaks. This system has a 350-lb weight capacity which gives you a nice safety margin. Please refer to the linked photo and review video.

The T-shaped support bar measures 48-inches wide, plenty for a majority of kayaks, and the included roof rack crossbar extends from 45- to 60-inches in width. Since you're hauling two kayaks you'll just want to add a second foam block for the crossbar, part # DTA924.

You will need to add some type of tie-down straps to hold the two kayaks securely to the truck. We offer a range of straps such as the 10-foot Erickson Re-Tractable Ratchet Straps with Push Button Release, part # EM34416. The ratcheting handle makes tightening easy and the push-button release will get you in the water quickly.

If you need a lock to secure the T-support you can use # e98881.

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