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Cost Effective Way to Carry Two Kayaks on the Roof of a 2003 Toyota Avalon

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I just want to make sure Im looking at the right products for my old car...2003 toyota avalon SLE. I have 2 kayaks I want to be able to haul and I have no roof racks...just want to confirm that there cross bars that can actually be installed on the car and, if so, which ones. Once I have the cross bars, which carrier would work best? thank you!

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For a roof rack confirmed to fit your 2003 Toyota Avalon SLE I recommend the Inno Square Crossbar Roof Rack System which is composed of part # INB137, part # INSUT, and part # INK202. This is an excellent cost effective system for you. It has square crossbars as the title states that will accept a wide range of different rooftop carriers. The bars have a 140 lb weight capacity though you will need to check the roofs weight capacity before use.

The best way to carry two kayaks on the roof of your vehicle would be with two sets of j-style carriers like the Rola J-Rac Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs part # 59912. These carriers have foam pads to protect the kayaks in addition to including straps and tie-downs to secure the kayaks to the vehicle and carrier.

I have attached a review video of the above carrier for you as well.

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What is the difference between the kayak carrier you recommended and this one? Inno Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Clamp On - 2 Kayaks Would this work better since it's the same brand as the rack itself? Easier/hard to install or load kayaks than Rola-J?

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The Rola J-Rac Kayak Carrier part # 59912 supports each kayak individually and will be a bit more secure than the Inno Kayak Carrier part INA450 which sandwiches the kayaks together but either carrier will still work well for you and both come with tie-downs. You will not really need to worry about matching the brand of the roof rack to the carrier as the crossbar dimensions across shapes are more or less an industry standard.

In regards to loading the kayaks onto the carrier, I can't really say one is easier than the other as they are just different. I have attached a review video of both that will show you how to load them which you could then use to determine which will be easier for you.

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