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What Roof Rack Do You Recommend for My 2003 Ford F-350 for Hauling Kayaks and a 5th-Wheel Trailer?


I am looking for a roof rack to carry kayaks while towing a 5th wheel. Are there any options that will work?


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For a crossbar system that will fit all three cab models of 2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty, I recommend the Rhino-Rack Aero Bar Roof Rack for Camper Shells # Y02-480B. With this system, you will be able to attach kayaks and load cargo up to 209 pounds. I recommend consulting with your owner's manual to make sure your roof can support that much weight. With this system, there is drilling required.

If you want an option without drilling, a creative solution is the SeaSucker Monkey Bars # 298-SX6000B. The SeaSucker Monkey Bars involves the easiest installation/removal out of any system we currently sell here at etrailer. Also, the vacuum cups provide an impressive 150-pound maximum weight capacity. For theft-deterrance, I recommend the etrailer Cable Lock - 10' Long - 5/16" Diameter - Steel # e98891 along with the SeaSucker Window Cable Anchor # 298-BA0010.

As far as the kayak carrier, I recommend the Yakima JayLow # Y04073. With the JayLow, you will be able to transport 1 kayak (in the j-style position) or 2 kayaks (in the post-style position). Also, the JayLow comes with a set of bow/stern ties and tie-down straps for one kayak. If you wish to add an additional kayak, you need the Yakima Bow/Stern Ties # Y04031. For extra theft deterrence, you can add Yakima Same-Key Lock Cores # Y07202.

It is important to note that the overhang of your 5th-wheel trailer may interfere with the rear of the kayaks when loaded. One key dimension to measure is the distance between the front end of the trailer and the cab of your F-350. Once you have that, you can calculate how much space you have available for the length of your kayaks.

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