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Kayak Carrier, Tie-Downs and Load Assist For a 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe to Carry a 66lb. & 81lb. Kayak


Hello, We are needing a roof rack system able to mount two kayaks on their sides on our 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV that already has factory installed crossbars. Would you kindly recommend a roof rack system capable of holding both kayaks successfully? For the system you recommend, would we also need additional equipment such as tow hooks etc.? Also, what equipment would we need to assist with getting the kayaks to the top of the vehicle? The kayak measurements are as follows: Kayak I Length: 10’8” Width: 34.3” Hull Weight: 66 lbs Kayak II Length: 10’5” Width: 33.5” Hull Weight: 81 lbs Thank you


Expert Reply:

The biggest challenge you are going to face is the weight of your kayaks, mainly the 81 lb. kayak.

For instance, the Malone DownLoader Kayak Roof Rack w/ Lift Assist and Tie-Downs # MPG114MD-351XL does a great job providing a kayak carrier, a way to help load the kayaks on the roof and the bow and stern tie downs for securing the kayaks. But it has a weight limit of 75 lbs. which is enough for your 66 lb. kayak, but not the 81 lb. kayak.

Your best option may be the Rhino-Rack Kayak Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs # S512-S512X which has a weight capacity of 165 lbs. which is plenty for both kayaks. It also includes the bow and stern tie-downs again. You can pair that with the Rhino-Rack Universal Load Assist # RR-RUSL to help with loading your kayaks.

You mentioned having crossbars, but in case you meant rails running front to back, I have included a roof rack that is compatible with your 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe below.

2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Roof Rack by Rhino Rack:
- Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars # RRVA126B-2
- RCL Legs for Rhino-Rack Crossbars # RRRCL4
- Custom RCP Fit Kit # RR66QJ

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