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How Can I Mount a Kayak Carrier with a Rooftop Cargo Bag?

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Hello, I was looking for some advice/suggestions for a rooftop kayak carrier. I was hoping to find one that would work alongside a Rightline cargo bag. My car is a 2016 BMW X5 and I have Thule AeroBlade crossbars that are 36-38" wide. We have the Rightline cargo sport junior that measures 36 x 30 wide. I also have a hitch but wanted to avoid using it. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

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I have an answer for you. Since you have Thule AeroBlades that measure 36-38" wide and the Rightline Gear Sport Jr. # RL100S50, that leaves only 6-8 inches for the kayak carrier. We unfortunately do not have a kayak carrier option that is compatible with 6-8 inches of crossbar space.

With that being said, the only way to transport a kayak carrier like the Thule Hull-a-Port # TH849000 is to remove the Sport Jr. from the rack. If you still want a bit of roof-top storage space, you can always get a slimmer bag like the Rightline Gear Car Top Duffel Bag - Waterproof - 4.3 cu ft - 36" x 16" x 13" # RL100D90. With this bag, you will have plenty of room for the kayak carrier.

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One last question Bob and I’ll get out of your hair. You mentioned the Thule J style rack. Considering cost, quality, ease of use is that the kayak rack you would get for yourself?

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As far as cost, quality, and ease of use, I recommend going with the Rhino-Rack J-Style Kayak Carrier - Folding - Universal Mount # S512. It has a super straightforward folding design and already comes with all the straps you need to mount your kayak to your vehicle. The clamps on the carrier are compatible with your AeroBlades.

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