Best car to carry 2 kayaks?
Posted by: Turks on Apr-20-14 9:51 AM (EST) Category: Kayaks
I have a 2003 VW passat and carry 2 kayaks flat with extra wide load bars. One is a Carolina, and the other is a tandem Old Town Loon. My single Looksha !V is hanging in my garage and I can drop it in the car and back out no problem. That's why I keep my car. Now I need a new car. Also want to carry a folding Trident Stowaway so I'd like to have some cargo space for that. Anything is higher than my current car at 57.6 in, so I will need to "slide" my boats up the back. (I do that now) I am an almost 60 yr old woman, and looking for the best car. Looked at Ford CMax but does not have tie downs front and back. (Has anyone used the Thule quick loop strap?) Also considering Forester, Outback, Rav4, Prius, Honda CRV (seats uncomfortable). I realize those are higher, but all reliable cars for the long term. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
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Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-20-14 10:09 AM (EST)
can be made. Open the hood and find holes in the frame that you can run a bolt through. Remember to make a big enough loop in the webbing.
I'm sure teh Thule Quick Loops Straps...|
Posted by: kfbrady on Apr-20-14 10:52 AM (EST)
...would be fine. I use the Thule Hood Loop Straps (529) for the front tie downs on my 2012 Santa Fe and like them. You just find a couple of bolts under the hood, remove them and replace after putting them through the heavy eyelets on the straps. They fold back under the hood out of the way when you're not using them. For the rears I just use two lengths of rope looped through two anchor points close to the rear hatch, which closes on them when they're in use. Again, you just fold them away when you're not using them.
As above - use the hood bumpers|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-21-14 8:35 AM (EST)
One loop on each side, just a basic strap from some place like Joanne's or static line from a sports place. You can leave them hanging out of the hood - ours are permanent residents on both cars.
why not another VW?|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Apr-21-14 9:16 AM (EST)
new vehicle for kayak transport|
Posted by: ret603 on Apr-21-14 9:38 AM (EST)
jetta tdi wagon|
Posted by: nickjc on Apr-21-14 12:53 PM (EST)
My paddling partner just got one last week. It's a pretty nice low car and with good mounting spots for a rack.
Roof rails are a plus...|
Posted by: ByronWalter on Apr-21-14 3:34 PM (EST)
... and you get them with the Jetta wagon. Also check out the Subie CrossTrek. Folks seem to like them and the roof is not ridiculously high.