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What Rhino-Rack Pioneer Platform Setup and Kayak Carrier Fits My 2011 GMC Sierra 2500 Crew Cab?

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I’m looking at the rhino rack pioneer platform 56x60 for my 2011 GMC Sierra 2500HD crew. Please confirm it will fit on the roof without protruding. Please confirm the rhino rack double kayak side load carrier will mount up to the platform. Please confirm the kayak holder is comparable with the 4 side rails I am considering purchasing are installed. Aka will the kayak sit up high enough to clear the rails. Is there a windscreen available for this product? Thanks.

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I have a great solution for you. Unfortunately, I confirmed with my contact at Rhino-Rack that they do not make any engineered fitments of a Rhino-Rack Pioneer platform 60"x56" with a backbone system that will fit your roof like the # RR88ZW that will fit your 2011 GMC Sierra 2500 crew cab.

With that being said, we do carry the Rhino-Rack Universal Pioneer Platform Rack for Crossbars - Aluminum - 58" Long x 47" # RR42115BF which will allow you to attach to a compatible crossbar system on your crew cab. This is the largest universal pioneer platform we carry that can attach to crossbars. For a great crossbar system, I recommend the following setup:

- Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars - Aluminum - Silver - 54" # RRVA137S-2
- Rhino-Rack 2500 Series Legs for Vortex Aero Crossbars - Naked Roofs or Fixed Mounting Points # RRRLKVA
- Custom DK Fit Kit for 4 Rhino-Rack 2500 Series Roof Rack Legs - Naked Roof # DK227

With this system, you will be able to hold up to 130 pounds. As with all roof rack systems, I recommend confirming with your vehicle's owner's manual to make sure your roof can accommodate that much weight. Since the crossbars will extend a little bit past the roof, there will be some overhang of the crossbars. In order to confirm the overhang of the platform, I recommend measuring the width of your cab. As long as it is at least 47 inches wide, there will be no overhang from the platform.

As far as the kayak carrier, I believe you are asking about the Rhino-Rack 2 Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Side Loading # S512-S512X. In order to use this on the platform, you need the Rhino-Rack Accessory Bars for Pioneer Platform Rack - 53" Long - Aero Bars # RR43138B along with the C-Channel Adapter # KC-FK8 in order to fit the channels of the accessory bars. These parts are needed because the kayak carrier cannot mount to the thick bars on the pioneer platform.

To address the question about the rail kit, I confirmed with my contact at Rhino-Rack that the Front/Side Rail Kit RR43166B is the only compatible kit for this particular platform. With the rail kit installed, you will not be able to clear the rails with kayaks and the kayak carrier. With this factor, I recommend not using the rails when you plant to transport your kayaks.

For a fairing/windscreen, Rhino-Rack does not currently carry a fairing for this system.

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