etrailer Watersport Carriers Review - 2014 Toyota Sienna

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Review of the etrailer Kayak Carrier on a 2014 Toyota Sienna


Jake: Hey guys, it's Jake here with eTrailer. Today we're going to be taking a look at and I'm going to show you how to install the eTrailer kayak carrier. This is going to be a roof mounted kayak carrier. It's going to mount to the roof of your 2014 Toyota Sienna. It's going to be a J style carrier, so it's going to be able to fit a wide variety of kayaks to get them to and from your water source. The carrier is going to have an aluminum construction.

So, that's going to resist against rust and corrosion so that your carrier lasts you a long time. It's also going to be paired with these nice foam pads so it not only makes it so that it doesn't scratch or harm your kayak, but then it gives your kayak a nice soft ride when headed down the road.This carrier is going to fit on round bars, square bars, elliptical bars, arrow bars, and most factory roof racks. The brackets that are going to clamp down onto your crossbars are going to have a nice rubber coating so that you're not going to have to worry about it scratching or damaging your roof rack. What's nice about this eTrailer J style carrier is that you're gonna have more than enough room on the rest of your roof rack to carry other items. Now what I like about this J style kit is it's going to come with everything to get it safely installed on your roof.

Let's go ahead and show you how easy it is. Now, we'll go ahead and get our second carrier installed. We have our first one installed. They're going to install the same way. Now we're using a factory roof rack with our carriers today.

Slide your bracket up into place. Install your washer and your wingnut.We'll just tighten down our wing nuts. Want to alternate back and forth so that one doesn't become more tight than the other. Once you have them tightened down, give it a good shake to make sure it's not going to move on you. While you're up here getting everything set up, you want to make sure you adjust your clamps to match the contours of your kayak.

So we have ours here. You can loosen these by pulling down on them. They're going to be spring loaded. Then you just need to adjust it to whatever contour is on your kayak and then tighten it back down. Now with our carriers all in place, we can go ahead and set our kayak.Now to get our straps installed, we're going to start by holding onto our cam buckle strap here and throwing it over the top of our kayak. You want to make sure they're straight so it has a good hold. Right here on the back side, you want to run your strap through the back and then again make sure your strap is straight, and throw it back over your kayak. Now we'll take the end of our strap on the front side of our carrier, run through your carrier, under your crossbar, pull out the slack, and then you want to run it back up through that same gap here and to your cam buckle strap. Now we fit in our cam buckle strap and go ahead and cinch it down.Then you want to make sure you roll up your strap if you have any excess. What is cool about these straps, so we do include these bungee strap holders. It'll hold your strap while you're going down the road. Now to ensure we're going to get our kayak safely to wherever we're going, we need to install our hood and trunk anchors. You can just set it inside your door and then you can close your door, and with our door closed you can see that we're going to have a strap here. That's a good tie down point to tie down the back of our kayak. To get the front and the rear of your kayak tied down, you want to use the small cam buckle strap with the loop in the end and start by attaching it on the end of your kayak.Then you can take your slightly longer strap with the loop in the end. Run it through our anchor point that's on our trunk now. Tighten that down, and we can run it through our cam buckle, and cinch it down there. Now you'll see here our cam buckle strap is a little close to our vehicle, so we're going to take this protective sleeve and slide it over our strap so that we don't harm our Sienna. Then we'll take the excess strap again and tie it up. Now we'll go ahead and repeat those same steps for the front of our kayak and attach it to our hood. Then once you get your strap safely secured and that sleeve pulled back over it, your kayak is secure and safe to head down the road. Speaker 3: This is our test course. Let's start with the slalom. This shows side to side action such as turning corners or evasive maneuvering. The solid speed bumps. This shows up and down action, such as driving through a parking lot or parking garage, or driving in and out of a driveway. Then onto our alternating speed bumps. This shows twisting action such as hitting curbs, potholes, road debris, or uneven pavement. Jake: With all that being said, guys, that's gonna do it for our look at the eTrailer kayak carrier for our 2014 Toyota Sienna.


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