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Old 10-03-2015, 12:09 PM
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I won a Ascend FS12T sit on top kayak at the CCA Banquet and now I need to figure out how I will best transport it. I think a roof rack or just strapping it to the roof of my Tahoe will be the best option for me. Can anyone recommend a roof rack that will work for this setup? How specific are kayak racks to size/width?
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Old 10-03-2015, 01:03 PM
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Depends. Do you want a roof rack that you install on the expressway and everyone has to be backed up in stop and go traffic to get around you or do you want the kind that is out of the way that doesn't interfere with anyone?
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Old 10-04-2015, 04:30 AM
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If you have a factory rack on the Tahoe, just strap it down to that.
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Old 10-04-2015, 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by lobstercatcher View Post
Depends. Do you want a roof rack that you install on the expressway and everyone has to be backed up in stop and go traffic to get around you or do you want the kind that is out of the way that doesn't interfere with anyone?
Why would I install a roof rack on the expressway? Why would a rack on top of my SUV interfere with anyone? I will play completely ignorant if you put down the drink and pretend not to be a total jackass.
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Old 10-06-2015, 08:44 AM
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i strap my kayaks to my racks face down. I own a set of Yakima racks that I cannot use as my kayak is a sit-in thus has a wider side wall(like a canoe) vs the narrow edge sides that come on SOT kayaks

the system is nice for ease of deployment but may be a bit of a reach once mounted on top of a big SUV

if interested, I do live in the CLT area you could check em out, asking $80 for the racks+straps

http://www.orsracksdirect.com/yakima...k-8004042.html
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Old 10-07-2015, 07:03 AM
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Thanks for the offer, porcha. I'm guessing the $80 is for the J rack and straps, not the crossbars? My sister has given me an older rack that I think I can make work with my Tahoe. It incorporates crossbars, which didn't come on my SUV and never thought about until now. I hope to give this rack and the kayak a try this weekend. Depending on how I goes, I might want to buy a rack that is suited for more than occasional use. I will keep you in mind. Thanks.
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yea sorry, i have the factory subaru crossbars....you cant have em!
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Originally Posted by Blythe1022 View Post
I hope to give this rack and the kayak a try this weekend. Depending on how I goes, I might want to buy a rack that is suited for more than occasional use. I will keep you in mind. Thanks.


Probably a good way to go. Once you do it a couple of times you will have a better idea if you want something like a J style rack or cradles or just upside down on the cross bars. Congrats on the yak. Be safe and have a blast.
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Old 10-11-2015, 08:57 AM
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For a sit on top I like the cradle style; when we had sit-ins they were stored on their sides so they wouldn't fill up with rain water. Yakima has the best options with the best quality. If you're going to have more than 2 you definitely need the side racks and it's nice to have a folding step stool with you.
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I have a simple roof rack setup for kayaks. It's easy, secure, low profile, gentle on the kayaks and doesn't require any special (i.e. expensive) fittings.

1) Use square profile crossbars (easiest for step 2).

2) Before fitting the feet, slide a length of closed cell foam tubing (I use pipe lagging) onto each crossbar.

3) Cut holes in the foam for the feet to attach to the underside of the crossbars.

4) Attach the feet and fit to the roof as per manufacturer's instructions.

5) Load the kayak onto the roof racks keel up.

6) Use tie downs (the one piece cam-lock type) to secure the kayaks to each bar. Some instructive photos here. here.

I position the kayak on one side of the bars. This enables me to loop one end of the tie down around the inside of the roof rack foot.

7) I'm make sure I'm happy with the position of the kayak, and the tie downs are secure.

8) If I'm going to be driving at more than 40mph; I run a line from the bow of the kayak down to the front bumper of the vehicle. This line should be nice and tight. Its job is to keep the front end pointing straight ahead. Depending on local laws you may also need a stern line and/or stern flag.

This system work very well. I've used it for 1,000 mile trips with two kayaks on the roof racks including some pretty awful weather and experienced no problems at all.

I'm not at home so I can't take photos sorry.
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