-- Last Updated: Aug-15-10 2:23 PM EST --
....... a Dakota pickup w/cap (cab roof level cap) .
I'm using "Yakima Q-Towers" on cab and a hitch mount "Reese Canoe Loader" at rear . I added a 9" hitch extension so I can open the tail gate and cap window all the way with the canoe loaded .
The Q-Towers and hitch mount loader take about 5 mins. to put on (or take off) ... I don't keep them on the truck .
I load canoes (no kayaks) , and I can tell you , this set up is sweet and way to easy to load ... I don't think it could get any easier .
I'm petty certain those Yakima A-1 Towers can be put on and taken off just as easy as my Q-Towers ... probably take you 10 mins. to get them out of storage and put both front and rear on ... I got the cylinder locks to deter would be thieves from snatchin the Q-Towers ... so far , so good . I just pop the Reese Canoe Loader out of the hitch and stick it inside the truck when out . I could pop off the Q-Towers and stick them inside too , but I don't . Bought this stuff new and cost me 250. bucks for all of it ... worth every penny !! I thought it all sounded a bit expensive when thinking about at first , but now that I'm using it I would have paid more .
The ability to put-on and take-off Yakima Towers with out any tools is great . Yakima making them so portable like that is a great advantage , I wouldn't want to have a cab bar rack on this truck permenantly , don't use this one for construction work . Once you assemble the Towers and bar the first time , that's it ... after that they just pop on and off . The only thing you check on now and then is the tightness (has a hand adjustment) .
Good luck , I got tired of loading the hard way myself .