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Recommended Kayak Carrier for a 2015 Toyota RAV4

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I am looking for kayak carrier for my SUV Toyota Rav4. I want zero noise and good for long distance like Florida, South Carolina, or another state. I need some help that fits my SUV.

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For your application I recommend either using the Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs # Y04073 because it is easy to use and has built-in ramps to help make loading your kayak easier or the Lockrack Watersport Carrier # 339LRUNISETA which allows you to mount your kayak in the middle of your roof rack and has an integrated locking system that doesn't require you to use tie-downs. Both of these options are great for long distance traveling and include everything you need to install your kayak. I have attached review videos that you can reference for each as well.

Kayak carriers themselves are very aerodynamic because they are built to hold a piece of equipment that will ultimately make your roof rack system less aerodynamic. To help keep the wind noise down though you need to make sure you are using aero-style crossbars.

If you don't already have some then I recommend using a Yakima JetStream roof rack because Yakima includes adjustments in the feet to fine-tune your roof rack so it best matches the contour of your 2015 Toyota RAV4. For your application you need the 50" JetStream Crossbars # Y00425 and either the TimberLine Towers # Y00147 if you have raised side rails or the BaseLine Towers # Y00146 with Fit Kits # Y06180 and # Y06169 if you have a naked roof. You can add locks to either roof rack with part # Y07204.

You can also add a wind fairing to help keep the wind noise down. Use the 40" # Y05017 for the TimberLine Towers or the 46" # Y05018 for the BaseLine Towers.

Please keep in mind that no matter what system you use it is impossible to get rid of the wind noise 100%. The JetStream bars and a fairing will do the best job at helping to eliminate the most amount of wind noise.

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