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Old 10-23-2011, 07:22 PM
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Roof Rack Access

I've ordered a 2012 Overland, but haven't gotten it yet. I'm an avid kayak fisherman and frequently put two kayaks on the roof of my current car, a 2003 Saab 9-3 Arc. I'm wondering how those of you who regularly use your roof rack access it. I've thought about getting running boards/rock rails, but am leaning toward just getting one of those steps that hook over a wheel and tire. I'd appreciate any advice that you could provide. Thanks.
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Re: Roof Rack Access

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I've ordered a 2012 Overland, but haven't gotten it yet. I'm an avid kayak fisherman and frequently put two kayaks on the roof of my current car, a 2003 Saab 9-3 Arc. I'm wondering how those of you who regularly use your roof rack access it. I've thought about getting running boards/rock rails, but am leaning toward just getting one of those steps that hook over a wheel and tire. I'd appreciate any advice that you could provide. Thanks.
I lower the vehicle to the park position with the air suspension and use Thule's kayak load assist bar. Works great and allows me to load my Jackson Kayak Coosa by myself.
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:28 PM
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Re: Roof Rack Access

I have a Thule rack on my Saab and love it. I use it with a J-rack, but one of my kayaks has a bottom that sits flat on the load bars without one. I've seen those extending load assist bars, but my heaviest car-top kayak weighs only about 50 pounds and I can lift it over my head. Do you use a rack and, if so, what kind? Can you get two boats on your roof?
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Re: Roof Rack Access

No problem. I carry a canoe and kayak regularly. Just stand on the door sills or even the edge of the back seat if necessary. Don't need to be tall either to do this (I'm not).
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:24 AM
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Re: Roof Rack Access

Thanks, but standing on the door sill or the seat with the door open is what I'd like to avoid having to do. I saw a video of a guy effortlessly putting a mountain bike on his roof rack. I'm hoping that I'll be able to reach up there with no problem like he does and like I can with my little Saab, but want to know my options if I can't.
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Re: Roof Rack Access

Picture of yak on top of Jeep using Thule rack system and Yakima Bowdown J-hooks.
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Re: Roof Rack Access

Thanks for the photo. Do you load your kayak while standing on the ground? And is the fairing essential to keep wind noise down?
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Yes, I can load it with the air suspension lowered to entry level. And no, wind noise is pretty darn annoying, but to me that is the price I pay to get to the water.
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Re: Roof Rack Access

I see the problem. In my case I just throw the kayak right onto the yakima cross bars, top side up. I only stand on the sills to ties the ropes. Not a big fan of those kayak cradles. For a bike roof rack...wow...not even sure how I would lift a bike up there...or if I could. LOL. But I guess WK2's air suspension must get it down quite a bit lower than stock WK.
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