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Old 02-22-2015, 10:37 AM   #21
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Traveling with Kayaks

I have the Yakima system and do not tie the kayaks front or back. Just use nylon straps.
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Old 02-22-2015, 10:40 AM   #22
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We have carried two 14 footers for several years on both a truck and now on our CRV towed behind our GreyHawk. We've had no problems.
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Old 02-22-2015, 11:03 AM   #23
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I have the yakima rack system. One on truck bed other on roof. Never tie down. But with two on just roof I would most likely tie down. Better to be safe than sorry. They attach just like ski racks. With the extra weight of the kayaks and the larger surface area for wind to up lift it creates a lot more strain and uplift on the racks. When carrying on my subaru roof racks I always tie down front & back. Ropes are tight so I do not notice any noise or ropes bobbing in the wind.
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Can anyone tell me how sturdy the Thule roof rack system is? I have two 14' kayaks that I used to carry with a ladder rack in the bed of my old truck. When I bought my F150 crew cab, I purchased a hard cover for the bed and haven't been able to take them camping since. I'm considering buying the Thule racks like Snake has pictured above, but I'm concerned about stability. Would it hold them ok? And, would I have to tie down the front and back of the kayaks? I would hate to see rope flapping in front of me the entire time I'm driving!
Thule has a module to carry 2 kayaks:


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Old 02-22-2015, 11:47 AM   #25
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Note the front and back tie downs. Thule Quickdraw tie down. My buddy has them. fast and easy.
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Old 02-22-2015, 09:37 PM   #26
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Can anyone tell me how sturdy the Thule roof rack system is? I have two 14' kayaks that I used to carry with a ladder rack in the bed of my old truck. When I bought my F150 crew cab, I purchased a hard cover for the bed and haven't been able to take them camping since. I'm considering buying the Thule racks like Snake has pictured above, but I'm concerned about stability. Would it hold them ok? And, would I have to tie down the front and back of the kayaks? I would hate to see rope flapping in front of me the entire time I'm driving!
The picture above with the red dodge and three kayaks, that is mine and they are sitting on a Thule system, three kayaks, a total of 195 pounds of kayaks, two of them are 16 foot, the third is 14 feet, I never have tethered the front and back of the kayaks, I just have two straps per kayak around the girth strapped to the cross bar.

I am a big fan of Thule, it has never failed me yet, I have used bike racks, ski racks, kayak racks, all have performed as desired.

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