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Hobie Outback Kayak Roof Top Carrier for a 2018 Ford F-250 Crew Cab With Short Bed Camper Shell

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I have a 2018 Ford F-250 crew cab truck with a short-bed Leer camper shell. I want to carry 2 Hobie Outback Kayaks each is 34inch wideinch on the roof with one aero bar attached to the truck roof and the other aero bar attached to the camper shell. I want to transport the kayaks upside down, so the bars will need to be very wide. I think I need the following: 2x Rhino or Yakima tracks for the top of the camper shell 2x Yakima 80inch aero bars - black 2x Yakima Showboat 66 yak loaders 2x Yakima Big Catch yak saddles I do not know how to go from the track on top of the camper shell to the aero bars. Is it 2x landing pads and 2x towers? I also need the towers and clamps to attached one of the aero bars to the roof of the truck. Thanks

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With the weight of your Hobie Outback Kayaks being between 85 and 103lbs from the factory you will want to use the a Rhino-Rack setup. It is rated for 209lbs versus the 165 that the Yakima is capable of holding.

For your 2018 Ford F-250 you will need 2 sets of the Rhino-Rack RTC-Style Roof Rack Tracks # RTC16. One set for the cab of your F-250 and one set for your Leer camper shell.

Next you will want Track Mount RLTF Legs # RLTF. You will need one set for each Rhino-Rack Heavy-Duty Roof Rack Crossbar # RB1800B that you intend to mount. These bars are 71" long and will allow both your 34" wide kayaks to fit on them.

You can use the Yakima Crossbar Pads # Y07415 for your kayaks to lay on since you want to mount them top down.

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