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Best Rooftop Kayak Carrier For Two 10 Kayaks On A 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500


Hi! I am looking for a setup for 2 - 10 foot kayaks on the roof of our 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Crew Cab. We tow a fifth - wheeler camper with the truck, and do not want the kayaks on the camper. Which rail systems and kayak carriers should we get? Thanks


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In order to carry two 10' kayaks with a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 while towing a 5th wheel camper, you will have two options to consider. The first entails the use of a roof rack with rooftop kayak carrier. The second option consists of a front mounted hitch and hitch mounted load extender.

For a roof rack, I recommend the Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars part # RRVA150B-2 and # RRRLKVA. This model fits both crew and quad cab variants of the 2500 featuring an aluminum light-weight design with built-in locking mechanism.

To haul the two kayaks on your roof rack you may want to consider the Rhino-Rack J-Style Kayak Carrier part # S512. This carrier will allow up to two kayaks to be carried on the roof of your vehicle with the addition of our Expansion Arm part # RRS512X. You will want to consider an extra tie down strap part # RRRBAS1-2 to ensure a safe ride. In order for this method to work you will need to measure from about the mid point of your truck's roof back about 5 feet. If you feel this will give enough room to account for the turning clearance needed for your 5th wheel, then this option should work for you. If not, I have another solution that will allow for you to haul two kayaks with your current setup.

The second method to consider consists of a front mounted hitch like the Curt Front Mount Hitch part # C31071 and a load extender like the Rhino-Rack T-Load part # RTL002. These parts, combined with the roof rack I recommended will allow you to carry your kayaks over the front of your truck while towing your 5th wheel.

I have attached a few additional supporting documents for your review.

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