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Transporting 2 Kayaks on a 2017 Prius C

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Im interested in a roof rack to transport kayaks. How do I determine size and which is the cheapest product that will work on my car?

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The most economical way to haul two kayaks on a 2017 Toyota Prius C consists of a few parts. A roof rack, and a kayak solution.

The most bang for your buck in terms of roof racks is the Rhino-Rack 2500 kit, consisting of the following parts:

- 2500 Crossbars, part # RRVA106B-2
- 2500 Series Legs, part # RRRLKVA
- DK Fit Kit for 2500 Roof Racks, part # DK351

As far as for the kayak carrier itself, there are two options that will fit your needs well that are all inclusive:

The Rightline Gear Kayak Carrier, part # RL100K10 is a foam-block style carrier that includes foam blocks to protect the kayak itself and both side-to-side and bow and stern tie downs. You can purchase multiple sets to carry up to two kayaks. This will be an extremely tight fit, but may work.

A more effective carrier is the Malone Stax Pro Kayak Carrier, part # MPG115MD. This is a post-style carrier, providing more protection for the kayaks and more stability. It additionally includes all tie-downs, blocks and straps needed for the kayaks, providing two for each kayak and a third all together tie down. This will mount directly to the roof system and provides maximum protection for your vessels.

I also recommend you check your owners manual for the total weight capacity of your roof, including the crossbar system.

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