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Best Way to Transport Heavy SUP & Kayaks on 2014 Kia Soul That has Factory Roof Rack

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Hello I have a 2014 Kia Soul with a factory roof rack...first, Im having a hard time picking up my tandem kayak that weighs 78 lbs and need ideas..and secondly, how do I transport a 55 lbs sup and 43 lbs kayak on roof rack?? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. P.s the factory roof rack has a weight capacity up to 100 lbs

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So there is a way that is going to allow you to transport your kayaks and SUP with your 2014 Kia Soul, but the issue is the factory roof rack, so the only option is going to be a kayak trailer. There simply isn't any type of load assist that is going to work with your factory rack, and there's no way to carry 98 lbs of SUP/Kayak on a rack that has a 100 lb capacity - any carrier is going to overextend the rack. So your only option truly is a trailer, and here are the parts you'll need:

- Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver # 24915
- T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector # 118637
- Ball Mount # 3593 and 2" Hitch Ball # 19258
- Malone MicroSport Trailer # # MPG460G
- Thule DockGrip Kayak and SUP Carrier with Tie-Downs # TH895
- Swagman Contour Rooftop Kayak Carrier with Tie Downs # S65148

I have added links to video reviews and installs for you to check out as well.

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Kyle S

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So sorry I recently asked a question about transporting a kayack and a sup on a factory roof rack for a 2014 kia soul. I looked up the weight capacity on the box and it says up to 165 lbs. Can I still transport both items on the crossbars or do you still suggest a trailer??

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A trailer like the Malone MicroSport Trailer # # MPG460G is still going to be your best option to meet each of your requirements.

While you will be able to transport your SUP and kayak on the roof rack of your 2014 Kia Soul with the Swagman Rincon Kayak and Stand-Up Paddleboard Carrier # S65141 and Swagman Contour Rooftop Kayak Carrier # S65148, that still does not remedy the issue with lifting up your heavy tandem kayak. There isn't a load assist that is going to work on your factory rack, so if lifting it on your vehicle is problematic, a low trailer really is the best option.

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