Thule 830 Stacker v. Yakima Big Stack?
Posted by: old_user on Jan-11-09 12:40 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
Good Morning. Looking for some advice on car top transport of multiple kayaks.
We own a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer with factory installed roof racks. With the Thule "J" style carriers it has been very easy to transport two kayaks.
We are now preparing to add a third kayak to the mix and I have been looking at options for their transport. I would like to avoid a trailer and after a little internet research have found that both Thule and Yakima manufacture similar stayle racks for car top transport of up to four kayaks.
Can any fellow users offer insight on use of these racks, recommend one versus the other, and more specifically, their use with my particular vehicle?
All suggestions welcome.
Thanks very much......Andrew
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We have the big stack|
Posted by: karsmi on Jan-11-09 1:04 PM (EST)
It worked good when we had 3 kayaks, but the fourth put us over the weight limit (the roof rack is only rated for 150 pounds). We bought a trailer for several reasons, including the fourth kayak and my inability to reach the top of the van :)
Thule 830 Stacker v. Yakima Big Stack?|
Posted by: old_user on Jan-11-09 5:34 PM (EST)
How do you know the true weight limit|
Posted by: ezwater on Jan-11-09 8:31 PM (EST)
for your racks? The weight limit provided by the vehicle manufacturer is usually a very conservative estimate influenced by company lawyers. The weight limit specified by Yakima or Thule is usually higher and more realistic. You will often see people carrying double the vehicle's stated weight limit, without a problem.
I have Thule loadbars|
Posted by: eckilson on Jan-12-09 5:29 AM (EST)
attached to the factory installed rack on my Pontiac Montana Van. I wouldn't trust the cross bars on the factory installed rack alone, but with the loadbars, its much sturdier. I have had two heavy canoes and a kayak on it with no problem.
Posted by: aamapes on Jan-12-09 8:52 AM (EST)
I use an older Thule Stacker (#520, I think) on my Outback. Last summer I carried four sea kayaks at a time for relatively short trips, and it worked fine. I like using the aftermarket load bars, and wide bars are a necessity on the Subie for loading this many boats. I don't trust the factory bars with much of a load.
Posted by: corgimas on Jan-13-09 10:21 AM (EST)
gotta throw them in the mix....thats what i use.....
Both are good|
Posted by: Big_D on Jan-13-09 11:02 AM (EST)
Factory crossbars are very weak. I second the motion someone else made about adding Thule or Yakima crossbars to your factory rack for some additional strength and peace of mind.