Recommended Ladder Rack and Kayak Carrier Compatible with 2000 Chevy Long Bed Truck

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What carrier system would be the best option to haul 2 10’ Dimension kayaks in my 2000 Chevy extended cab long8’ box. I just haul them side by side now, in the bed but need the bed for hauling camping equipment. Was considering a ladder rack, but not familiar with the carrier kits you reference or how they work.

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For your 2000 Chevy Extended you can use the Rola Haul-Your-Might Truck Bed Ladder Rack - Aluminum - 400 lbs # 59742. This rack will give you 63 inch long aero bars that are compatible with roof rack accessories that either fit 4 inch wide bars or fit in the T-slots.

The Yakima EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles for Roof-Rack Crossbars # Y04052 you asked from will not fit these crossbar widths, so for a similar style carrier that is compatible I recommend the Malone SaddleUp Pro Truck Bed Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs # MPG1001. You will need two of the carriers; one for each kayak.

If you want to use the Yakima EvenKeel # Y04052, it is compatible with the Yakima Outdoorsman 300 Ladder Rack # Y01137-Y00410. This system has 66 inch crossbars compatible with any kayak carrier that utilizes round bars. This rack does have a 300 lb load capacity.

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