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Best Roof Rack System to Carry 3 Kayaks on a 2012 GMC Acadia


Hi. I need a complete roof rack system to carry 3 8 or 9 foot kayaks on my 2012 GMC Acadia. I have the raised rails already. Safety and load capacity are my top concerns. Each kayak is about 45 lbs. Although I have tried to do research, I cant figure out the length of the cross bars I would need because I dont know how any of it would stack. I also cant figure out if the stacker components would take the 120 to 130 lbs that three kayaks would be. I could really use some help. Someone even suggested using stickers for two of them and a J holder for the third. Would that fit? Thank you!


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For your 2012 GMC Acadia I think you're on the right track. I like the 58" Malone AirFlow2 Roof Rack - Aero Crossbars - Raised, Factory Side Rails # MPG216. This is a larger bar than what is typically used on the Acadia but allows for more bar space and getting your kayaks to your spot.

For the carriers I like using the etrailer J-Style Kayak Carrier part # e98878. This way you wont have to stack them and they won't be touching each other for miles down the road.

The huge benefit is that the one mounted in the middle will not be obstructed even with all three carriers in place because they will fold down out of the way to load the middle kayak then fold back up to load the outside kayak.

The carriers upright support are also adjustable of course so this allows you to customize the angle your kayaks sit allowing you to get them just how you want them.

You also get all of the straps and anchors you will need to properly secure them down and get down the road safely.

Check out the video I have linked for you on the rack system and the carriers. Have Fun!

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