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Thule Portage Canoe Carrier w/ Tie-Downs Fit a Canoe or Kayak on Factory Cross Rails?

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Hello, I was hoping to buy this product to use on either a 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo X or a 2017 Ford Explorer XLT. Both vehicles have cross rails and neither car has any sort of sunroof/moonroof. Would this work for a canoe? Is there any chance it could also work for a kayak?

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For a canoe, the Thule Portage Canoe Carrier w/ Tie Downs # TH819 will fit round, square, aero, elliptical, and most factory crossbars. If the crossbars have top channels, might want to consider the Thule Xadapt12 Watersports Adapter for AeroBlade, AeroBlade Edge or WingBar Evo Crossbars # THXADAPT12. The carrier can clamp around the bars with the load straps with padded buckles secure your canoe to your crossbars, but the Xadapt12 will allow you to utilize a top channel system.

Since kayaks don't have cross beams, I recommend the Kuat Class 2 Kayak Carrier # C2R1B, which fits round, square, aero, elliptical, and most factory crossbars with a maximum length of 4-1/4 inches and a height of 1/2 - 2 inches.

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