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Thule Goalpost Hitch Mounted Load Bar

Thule Goalpost Hitch Mounted Load Bar

Item # TH997
Our Price: $249.95
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Is this right for you? Product Expert Chris R says:

Yes, if you:

  • You want the most affordable option
  • You need a versatile extender that can act as either a truck bed extender or a roof rack / ladder rack extender

No, if you:

  • You want a premium, top-of-the-line extender
  • You want a very wide load bar for your cargo carrying needs
  • You only need an extension for your roof rack / ladder rack, and not for the truck bed itself
The hitch mounted GoalPost provides a front- or rear-mounted load bar that allows you to carry loads longer than your truck bed. It is easily adjusted to different heights, and two load stops are included to provide lateral load support. Great Prices for the best truck bed extender from Thule. Thule Goalpost Hitch Mounted Load Bar part number TH997 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-496-5010 for expert service.
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Thule Truck Bed Extender - TH997

  • Hitch Load Extender
  • Adjustable Height
  • Thule
  • Steel

The hitch mounted GoalPost provides a front- or rear-mounted load bar that allows you to carry loads longer than your truck bed. It is easily adjusted to different heights, and two load stops are included to provide lateral load support.


  • Mounts to existing 2" trailer hitch receiver
  • Telescoping design allows for easy height adjustment for different size trucks and SUV's
    • Pin secures upright bar in place at height adjustment points
  • Includes 58" Thule load bar for attachment of watersport carriers
  • Includes two load stops
    • Provide lateral support for all gear
    • Adjustable along length of load bar
  • Constructed of high strength steel for durability
  • Built in anti-wobble mechanism keeps GoalPost snug in receiver for stability and reduction of noise and vibration
  • Made in the USA


  • Works with 2" trailer hitches only.
  • Telescopes vertically from 54-1/2" to 66"
  • Measures 7-3/8" from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the upright bar.
  • Weight capacity: 165 lbs

th997 load guides on goalpost load bar
Load guides slide left and right to accommodate different load widths.
th997 hardware

997 Thule Goal Post Load Support for 2" Trailer Hitch Receivers

Installation Details TH997 Installation instructions

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Thule Goalpost Hitch Mounted Load Bar - TH997

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (40 Customer Reviews)

The hitch mounted GoalPost provides a front- or rear-mounted load bar that allows you to carry loads longer than your truck bed. It is easily adjusted to different heights, and two load stops are included to provide lateral load support.


I recently switched from a pull-along camper to a short, lifted gooseneck camper and needed a way to carry my faithful old 16-foot aluminum canoe. I had carried the canoe on Thule racks on my 2005 Silverado 2500HD diesel crew-cab from new, but I needed to move the canoe WAY forward to clear the new gooseneck.

E-trailer had the answers. First I installed a DrawTite front receiver hitch (4-bolt, 1/2 hour easy install) and then plugged the Thule GoalPost carrier onto the front of my truck. A quick and easy height adjustment was all it took to evenly distribute the canoe between all three racks. Now, the 16-foot canoe is about 6 inches clear of the trailer and the front overhang does not interfere with driving at all.

Out on the road and no problem at 65MPH in typical Wyoming winds. I took some pictures and hope they show how a little browsing, thanks to the super-helpful detailed specs and 'how-to' tips and customer reviews on can help you solve problems.

Is there any problem with front visibility and any possible laws for blocking front view? I am looking to do something similar with two kayaks while pulling my fifth wheel?ThanksSteve
-- comment by: Steve K - 06/15/2015
Steve, there is no significant interference with visibility nor am I aware of any legal impediments to this set-up. I have been using this system for over a year now with no trouble with drive-ability and no attention from law enforcement. I have two 10-foot kayaks that I carry on the Thule roof racks as an alternate to the canoe, but they dont over-hang to the point of needing the front support that the 16-foot canoe does.
-- comment by: Gruf - 06/17/2015


The Thule Goalpost works like a charm.
the boat was placed on the Thule roof rack, it is easy to adjust the height of the GoalPost to level it out for safe traveling. After snugging the tiedowns front and back the boat made a 1300 mile trip without a problem. Thule products work great!

I expect to use the Thule Goalpost again this year to transport a standup paddle board I have built. In particular, the straps attached to the Goalpost keep it rock steady when traveling. There is no wobble back and forth.
Stu W - 04/27/2018


Thule Goalpost Hitch Mounted Load Bar (TH997)
Vortex Aero Crossbar (RRVA150B) and associated fit kit - Single set

Thule - Super easy to setup. The only issue is with the bolted mount on the hitch. Thule should lose the welded threaded nut/bolt and redesign with a receiver lock. This would also greatly improve stability (no play in either axis) and maybe eliminate the need for the blue straps.

The entire assembly easily fits in the bed of a pickup truck, which is important in the absence of a receiver lock. This isn't a full size bed. Could also disassemble and fit in the cab or in a car.


An excellent product to support my kayaks for transport. We travel from Indiana to the Florida Keys and back during the Winter. This rack performed flawless.


I can't complain one bit. It's held up well and gets used quite a bit. etrailer's customer service is top notch too


High quality product at a fair price from eTrailer. Just a word of caution eTrailer--my package was shipped with no taped edges. One end was pretty badly scraped and partially opened. I easily opened the long end of the box since it was not taped and confirmed that all of the pieces were still in the box. Please let your shipping department know.


Durable and functional.


Purchased this to mount on a front hitch receiver on our truck. We pull a fifth wheel camper and carry our bicycles on a rooftop rack on the truck. We wanted to be able to also carry our kayaks. The Thule GoalPost will support the front of the kayaks while the back rests on the roof rack. The GoalPost was well made, easy to assemble, and appears to be up to the task. This is the first Thule product I have owned; always used Yakima, but didn't like the y-shape of the Yakima. I thought it would block too much when on the front of the truck. My package was missing a few items. etrailer responded promptly and said they would send them right out.


etrailer was the only place I could find the Thule Goalpost, not even Thule has it in stock. When a couple of parts were missing from the package, etrailer immediately replyed and located replacement parts in a timely manner. Product arrived as stated. etrailer has excellent customer service.


Have used Thule racks for years to transport kayaks and bicycles. This is another well designed and durable rack system. I will am using this rack in a front hitch on a GMC 3500 pickup, along with a single Thule rack on the truck roof, to carry two kayaks while towing a fifth wheel.


Assembly was a breeze, shipping was quick, quality is fantastic.


Does the job as expected

Just great, mounted on the front of 4 runner to support a 17 canoe, along with the appropriately designed hitch attachment for the suv. Together with the roof rack mounts, the canoe is very stable in windy conditions at highway speeds.
Bob - 09/09/2021


I bought this item paired with the rino rack roof mount to haul my canoe. Works great for the intended use.


I think this goalpost hitch will work just fine.
Here are some pictures.


This is my second order from etrailer within a month.
As before, the provided great customer service, shipped on time and kept me updated on when it would arrive.
I strongly recommend these good people.


The order arrived relatively quickly, undamaged. I put it together right away to make sure all the parts were there and didn't even need to refer to the directions with the exception of the straps that secure it to the bumper. That didn't help, though, since the rack didn't have the attachment points noted in the instructions. I'm not too worried about that, though, since I should be able to figure something out. The Thule rack wasn't discounted as most of the other racks were on the site, but I have some other Thule attachments from previous racks that I might be able to use, so I went with it and can't wait to load-up my expedition kayak this week for the first time this season. It's installed on a Nissan Titan crew cab with the shorter bed. I have a factory forward rack in the truck bed and I'm hoping that I'm able to skip installation of the cab-top temporary rack.


We have down-sized our family car...
from a full-sized V8 SUV to a Subaru Forester. However, I still need to do home repairs using my smaller new car.

First situation: How do I carry 4'x8' sheets of plywood and/or 12' lumber with the Subaru roof rack? Its cross bars are only 3' apart front to rear.

Answer: The Thule Goalpost. My roof rack combined with the Goalpost now has a 7' span front to rear. And, the Goalpost crossbar is over 4' wide.

Easy to assembly, install and use, the Goalpost is heavily-built and the paint had no imperfections. The height of the Goalpost is adjustable and has a setting that matches my roof rack height. I do not know how they did that!

This is a good product.


Great shipping time!


The Thule 997 Goal Post Hitch Mounted Carrier costs more than the competition, and it is worth every penny. Great job Thule, and thank you, etrailer for excellent response time.


The Goalpost Hitch Mounted Load Bar is exactly what I needed to carry my rowing scull on my pickup. It is made of high quality materials and was reasonably priced. Shipping was free and it arrived within 48 hours of my order. I am very satisfied with my purchase and ordering experience.


Great products at a good price and better yet quick delivery


This, in conjunction w/ a headache rack,Is perfect for light hauling of long materials and equipment,without destroying my truck w/ a full rack.And it is a real head turner, which is cool too.Very reasonably priced, put together in 10 minutes and arrived in 3 days.


Perfect for my Nissan Frontier pickup t ruck!


the packaging was in tatters...and the metal… and paint scratched will not order again


etrailer service was terrific. They even sent the product by expedited shipping when I only purchased regular shipping. Everything arrived in great shape and was easy to install. I'm heading off today to pick up some lumber with it.

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