Wondering if anyone can tell me the best way to get 3 kayaks on one Subaru Forester. I've got 2 J-style racks I use for my Pamlico 135Tandem & my wife's Pungo 120. Last year we threw some pool noodles on the roof rack & tied-down our older daughter's Acadia Scout 10'. Looking to find a better, safer way to do it since this is going to happen for a long time now that I've traded in my pick-up truck.
Any experience with the Swiss Cargo 3-in-1 rack? Thought about putting one of those on one side, with the little 35 lb Acadia scout in the center, with another J-style rack on the far side. Wondering if anyone knows how wide that rack is. I can't find specs on it anywhere!
Other option is the Thule stacker. When people use those- do they pad the bars?
Forester uses 50" bars which are kind of narrow. I have a pair of 58" bars I could use if they'd help, and just wear helmets when getting in/out of the car. :-)
Thanks for any advice/help.
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Go with the 58 in bars.|
Posted by: seadart on Apr-12-13 6:06 PM (EST)
Tennis balls on the ends... |
Posted by: t.george on Apr-12-13 6:20 PM (EST)
58" bars and tennis balls over the ends so "when", not if, you run into them you don't lose an eye. After a while you'll get used to ducking them, :) .
Another safety precaution|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Apr-12-13 7:32 PM (EST)
Tennis balls are great, but if you wear glasses you are still likely to break them if you bump into the bar ends with anything other than a direct-head impact while standing up as you get out of the car. I have a trick which, so far, has prevented anyone from ever bumping their head at all. I won't say it's foolproof but it hasn't failed in about six years.
Posted by: Swampthing_18 on Apr-14-13 8:34 PM (EST)
Thanks, but doesn't the car look like Pippi Longstocking with the rope pigtails? :-)
Good idea. Thanks.|
Posted by: Swampthing_18 on Apr-14-13 8:33 PM (EST)
Longer bars and stackers|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-12-13 7:16 PM (EST)
Kari Tek Easy Loader Roof Rack?|
Posted by: kayak_bob on Apr-12-13 11:05 PM (EST)
I have the longer model that can carry 4 kayaks. For the 4 sets of J bars mounted on it - I have folding hull a port pros... Freakin' awesome....
Got one left|
Posted by: Marshall on Apr-12-13 11:16 PM (EST)
The Kari-Tek works best mounted to a Thule square style bar. bob used another square bar system and it worked out great after getting the system plumb, level and square on a Jeep Liberty if vehicle memory serves me correctly.
I just got 58" bars|
Posted by: TetonJohn on Apr-12-13 11:19 PM (EST)
58" not wider than wheel base|
Posted by: TetonJohn on Apr-14-13 8:18 PM (EST)
of my '04 Forester. Wider than factory rails, and a bit wider than roof, but about the same as wheel width.
Posted by: Swampthing_18 on Apr-14-13 8:35 PM (EST)
Stackers, 4 kayak width|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-13-13 9:02 AM (EST)
Marshall's point is good. Cross bars that overhang the wheel base can require extra attention in things like parking lots with tight spaces.
I have the Swiss 3 in 1. |
Posted by: exorxist on Apr-13-13 9:46 AM (EST)
I'll measure and let you know. It comfortably fits two rec kayaks or sea kayaks on their side. I've had it for over a year and it has worked great so far for us.
Two boats not a problem|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-13-13 10:30 AM (EST)
It is 3 and 4, which at times we need to carry, or two boats plus bike, that start to get interesting if you want to stay within the wheelbase of the car.
The Swiss 3 in 1 |
Posted by: exorxist on Apr-13-13 6:41 PM (EST)
Is 28 inches wide. Hope that helps!
Who are you replying to?|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-14-13 2:29 PM (EST)
I think I've made it pretty clear that we have a well-established solution. But I am getting the impression that you think we are still trying to figure out how to haul our boats.
OP was asking|
Posted by: exorxist on Apr-14-13 7:09 PM (EST)
Many things in their first post, many were answered. They asked how wide the 3 in 1 was, and since I own one I measured and answered.
Celia has a valid point|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Apr-14-13 7:49 PM (EST)
Answers are easier to interpret if you address them to the proper person. In this case, you hit the "reply" button for Celia's last post so the location of your answer makes it appear that you intended to address your comment to her. If you were to hit the "reply" button under the original poster's question, the location of your post will show that you were talking to them. I had no clue what you were talking about either, but if what you wrote hadn't been indented so far, I would have known to check the original question again and would have seen right away what you were talking about.
Posted by: exorxist on Apr-14-13 8:15 PM (EST)
Valid points. So far on the boards I keep reading it as a long conversation. Will follow indents moving forward.
28", thank you so much!|
Posted by: Swampthing_18 on Apr-14-13 8:36 PM (EST)
Posted by: Swampthing_18 on Apr-14-13 8:49 PM (EST)
Thanks for all the help & advice.