Front Hitch For Carrying Canoes On A 2012 GMC Sierra 2500HD 4x4

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2012 GMC Sierra 2500HD 4X4 Crew Cab. I have a 12Ft long Kayak I need to carry. I cant carry it over the bed. So I was curious if I could use this Hitch and my bed extender and canoe carrier with roof rack? Then I could carry it on the front. Can you buy a single roof rack for my truck? Thanks

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In addition to the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver # C31023 for your 2012 GMC Sierra, you are correct that you will also need at least a single roof rack bar like the Darby Turbo rack # DTA968 and a carrier like the LongArm # Y01149-1150 that can tilt down making it easier to load the canoe. It also has an anti-rattle hitch bolt which is something that is needed for these types of carriers. Without an anti-rattle hitch bolt or device there is a lot of movement with these carriers.

For a canoe carrier that will fit all of the bars listed above you can use the Yakima KeelOver # Y04069. It will support the gunwales of the canoe with tie-downs.

Though you mentioned you can't carry it over the bed, I wanted to at least share the Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier w/ Hitch Mounted Load Extender and Single-Bar Roof Rack # DTA944-968-924 in case you see this as a possibility. Included are video resources regarding these solutions for review.

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