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How To Carry 1 Canoe And 1 Sea Kayak On A 2003 Dodge Caravan With Bare Roof  


Hi, Need wide 65-70 cross bars for canoe + sea kayak transport on bare roof. have anything or know anyone who does? Thanks.


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If you have the factory tracks running front to back and do not have raised rails, then the longest option is Yakima HD Crossbars - Aluminum - Black - 55" Long - Qty 2 # Y01156 which measure 55" long and have a weight capacity of 150lbs. To install these onto your roof you will also need Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars - Aluminum - Black - 49" Long - Qty 2 and Rhino-Rack SX Series Legs for Vortex Aero Crossbars - Raised Factory Side Rails - Qty 4, parts # RRVA126B-2 and # RRSX100. When hauling kayaks or canoes on the Yakima crossbars they need to be stacked and cannot be mounted side by side.

Then you could also look at the Rhino-Rack T-Load Hitch Mounted Load Assist and Support Bar for 2" Hitches - 49" Long Item # RTL002. Then to go with this you would want some foam blocks and straps with parts # MPG158 and # TH521.

I think the single best way for transporting your canoe and kayak is to use a watersports trailer such as Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer with J-Style Carriers for 2 Kayaks - 400 lbs # MAL93FR. This has a 400lb weight capacity and comes with J-style cradles for 2 kayaks or canoes. This fits a 2' hitch receiver; if you do not have one then you can go with Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # 75119.

I attached several demonstration videos for you to check out.

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