Roof Rack and Kayak Carriers with Side Loading Assist To Carry 4 Kayaks On 2019 Chevrolet Traverse


I have a 2019 Chevrolet Traverse Premium. I am replacing two Thule Hullaport Pros. I would like option of carrying a third kayak at times. I also have a back injury so I wanted some sort of assist. Due to their size/weight, it did not seem that two Thule Hullavators or two Yakima Showdowns would be an option if I wanted to load a third kayak. So I was looking at a j-cradle carrier, with an assist bar. Like the Hullaport XT and Outrigger — or the Yakima equivalent, as I’m not committed to just Thule. However, I saw a comment that the Thule XT was not compatible with the Outrigger something like the bump was in the way, and I don’t know if that’s accurate or not. I basically need two kayak racks each rack should be capable of holding a second kayak, and would like assist on BOTH sides. I am also not clear on whether an assist bar is moved from side to side or if one is installed on each side need one on each if that’s even possible. Additionally, knowing I would need all this equipment, I specifically declined the factory crossbars, so I also need bars compatible with whatever system I get.


Expert Reply:

I can help you carry 3 kayaks on the roof of the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse.

If your Chevy Traverse has factory installed rails that run front to back, I recommend Yakima Roof rack with JetStream Crossbars part # Y00426 and TimberLine Towers part # Y00147. The Timberline towers are designed to the fit the factory rails on the Traverse and the aluminum bars are aerodynamic bars that cut down on wind noise.

If your Chevy Traverse has a naked roof, I recommend the same bars part # Y00426 with Baseline towers part # Y00146 and 2 sets of fit kit part # Y06153. The towers and fit kit are designed to fit the naked roof.

I recommend the Malone DownLoader part # MPG114MD-351XL. It comes with Load Assist bars that basically let you slide the kayaks up the side of the vehicle onto the J-style carrier on either side of your vehicle. I have attached a video of how the load assist works. The DownLoader comes with one set of Malone J-style Carriers that are compatible with the Yakima bars and the straps to tie the Kayak down. You do need 2 more sets part # MPG114MD to carry 2 more kayaks on the roof.

The Hullavator part # TH898 with lift assist is not an option since it does not allow you to carry the kayaks on their sides. The Thule Outrigger part # TH847 is not an option either since the Yakima Roof Rack is the only roof rack available for the Traverse at this time.

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