Ladder Rack and Tonneau Cover Combination for 2018 Ford F-150 Short Box for Kayak Transport

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Can you please tell me what product works together for a Tonneau cover and ladder rack for an 2018 Ford F150 4x4 Lariat short box 55? We want to haul 14 ft. kayaks and still have a tonneau cover. We also want to haul 2 mountain bikes, so suggestions for this would be appreciated we are pulling a trailer so rear hitch is not an option.

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Thank you for all the details on your desired setup.

In my opinion nothing compares to the combination of the TracRac SR adjustable ladder rack and BAK Revolver hard tonneau cover. Both of these are outstanding products and they are fully compatible with each other on your F-150 short box.

The USA-made TracRac SR sliding ladder rack # TH43002XT-508 has a 1250-lb weight rating and includes adjustable load stops. This rack gives you the wide crossbar stance and weight capacity you need for your long 14-foot kayaks and the adjustable crossbar spacing means you can easily slide them to different positions for other cargo. It installs without drilling and is backed by Thule's lifetime warranty. I suggest cam buckle straps # E98876-4 to secure the kayaks and foam blocks # S65156 to cushion them during transport.

You can also choose from either the Revolver X2 hard roll-up tonneau # BAK39329 (gloss black finish) or the matte black X4 # BAK79329. Both of these USA-made covers feature heavy aircraft-grade aluminum construction and their hybrid design means you get both the strength and durability of a hard cover with the convenience of the roll-up type.

For your bike carrier I recommend a front-mount hitch since your rear hitch is handling towing duties. You can use either Draw-Tite front hitch # 65067 or Curt # C31083 since both have the same hefty 500-lb vertical load rating, plenty for any 2-inch bike carrier.

I recommend the Yakima HoldUp 2 Bike wheel-mount platform rack # Y02443 because it has a high 60-lbs-per-bike weight rating, it includes rack and bikes locks and if you ever need to carry more bikes there is an accessory add-on # Y02446 that instantly converts it to a 4-bike carrier.

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