Roof Rack and Kayak Carrier Recommendation For 2015 Ram 2500 With Camper Shell

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Hi, I have a 2015 4x4 Ram 2500 crew cab with no rails with 6.5inch bed with an ARE campershell with the ARE tracks. I am looking for a setup to load/transport a Hobie 2015 Outfitter. The boat is 90LB with no accessories. I pull a trailer so I would like something that I can load from the side. I am looking at dispersing the weight over the entire truck not just the camper shell. Would the following rhino products work? Y02-490-nt 580 carrier RUSL Then I would probably just need a single rack for my camper shell?

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I spoke with my contact at Rhino-Rack about distributing the weight between your truck cab and camper shell. They do sell half rack roof racks. For your truck's single crossbar, you will want to use # DK043H, # RRVA150S, and # RRRLKVAH. This will provide you with one crossbar on your truck.

The crossbars for the camper shell only come in pairs. The crossbars you referenced, # Y02-490-NT are crossbars that fit in a track, but that part number does not include a track. If you need the track and the crossbars, you will want to use part # Y02-490. If you do not want to use a track system, and would rather mount your crossbars at fixed points, part # Y03-330 will work well. These kits will provide you with two crossbars for your camper shell.

The # RR580 Side Loading Carrier will fit into the top channel of the Rhino Rack Aero Crossbars. The carrier's weight capacity will be limited to that of your roof and camper shell. I have attached a review video of the carrier for you.

The Side Loader # RR-RUSL will work with the Aero crossbars, and make loading the kayak from the side much easier. I have attached a review video of the side loader for you.

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