Economical Roof Kayak Carrier for 2014 Chevy Suburban

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Im looking for an economic carrier for 2 Kayaks. I will also be pulling a travel trailer. I would use these 5 times per year.

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A post-style multi-kayak carrier like the Rhino-Rack Nautic # RRS520 that you referenced and the similar Thule Stacker # TH830 is a great way to transport up to 4 kayaks as long as the vehicle has a compatible roof rack. They are indeed a cost-effective option. But on a taller vehicle like your 2014 Suburban this type of carrier may not be the easiest to use in terms of loading and unloading since you typically need to get access to the center of the roof where the carrier typically mounts to the rack.

A pair of J-style carriers like # E98878 that can install on each side of the rack facing outward will give you an easier time of loading the kayaks. Two of these will cost more than one post-style carrier but I think in the long run you will likely find that a better option overall. Roof access can be made easier with a step such as # CAM43672 or a tire-mount step like # HE4040.

There is another option that will cost even less, a foam block type kayak carrier like Malone # MPG152, which rests directly on the roof (no roof rack needed) but while these are great for relatively short travel distances they are not as secure on long highway drives as a roof rack mounted J-style carrier.

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