Kayak Racks for Crossover SUV

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Kayak Racks for Crossover SUV

Postby rkhederian » Fri Jul 29, 2011 1:18 pm

Last winter I bought a Honda CRV (very similar to a Toyota RAV 4, these cars are called crossover SUV's). I have the factory installed crossbars, and am using the old J-Bars that worked on my old car (a sedan). However, very difficult to load the kayak on these J Bars with the added height of the CRV alone.

I am looking at the Thule 881, Thule 883, or the much more expensive Thule 887 XT slipstream.

Any suggestions on what products work best? Please include Manufacturer and model number.

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Bob

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Re: Kayak Racks for Crossover SUV

Postby Chip » Fri Jul 29, 2011 1:57 pm

Do you plan on loading from the back or side. If back loading is possible, the 883's are nice. I use them on my Tacoma. IF there is too much backside to load from the rear, you may need the slipstream. Another option is a bath mat for the back of your car while loading. It will allow some slide and the rubber bottom will help it stay with the car. IF you ahve the side load you may not get much benefit from changing from J cradles. You may not have to lift as high but you have to get it out further on the roof. Not easy holding a boat over your head and a foot in front of you.
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Re: Kayak Racks for Crossover SUV

Postby rkhederian » Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:42 pm

I plan on loading from the back. Thanks for the tip. Anyone else?

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Re: Kayak Racks for Crossover SUV

Postby kayakerjnj » Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:02 pm

HI Bob,

If you have a receiver style trailer hitch, I'd suggest getting an outboard mast for the hitch and just utilize one of the factory crossbars. You'll have a nice long grab length and you can minimize your costs to put a good system on your vehicle.

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Re: Kayak Racks for Crossover SUV

Postby rkhederian » Fri Jul 29, 2011 7:42 pm

Jordan, Do not have a trailer hitch.

What do you use, I believe that you have a Toyota RAV 4?

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Re: Kayak Racks for Crossover SUV

Postby kayakerjnj » Fri Jul 29, 2011 8:14 pm

Hi Bob,

I had customized my own rack extensions for my RAV.

It's a challenge finding a suitable extension design for a short cross bar spacing.
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Re: Kayak Racks for Crossover SUV

Postby specialk » Fri Aug 05, 2011 3:32 pm

Bob,

I have a Rav-4 and have installed J-hooks. I load the kayak from behind.
I place a rubber mat on the roof just behind the roof racks and top it with a towel.
It protects the car and the towel allows the kayak to slide easily. I also use gloves
that are rubber ribbed to get a good grip so the kayak doesn't slip through my hands.

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