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Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier Review - 2017 Toyota RAV4

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Review of the Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier on a 2017 Toyota RAV4


What's up everybody. It's AJ with etrailer.com. Today we're gonna be checking out the Yakima JayLow on our 2017 Toyota RAV4. It's gonna be a J style kayak carrier, that's gonna enable you to carry your kayak up on the roof and it's a tool-free install. So it really makes it easy to install on your roof bars and get the kayak up there. Let's check it out.

Another great thing about this carrier is that it comes with all the straps you need. We have the bow and stern tied down back here. We have it tied up to the hitch. The hook just goes on the bottom loop right there. Then you can see it comes with cam buckle straps that helps you tie it down to the carrier.

These are really nice and it's better than some of the other ones that don't come with that option. It's easy to throw them over the top, come back over. You can see we ran the strap underneath the roof bar and then back up into the cam buckle. And then you just pull up and it pulls it down nice and tight you can see. I can shake the whole vehicle back and forth and there's not a lot of movement here at the kayak.

Upfront, we've got it tied down as well. Something I will recommend for your RAV4 depending on the space. There's not a lot of spaces to tie down up here. So it's not gonna go all the way across the front. Plus you probably don't want this rubbing.

I mean, it does have the protection here, if it does make vehicle contact, but as you can see that's not doing much good here. I recommend getting a, what we call a dog bone. You throw it underneath the hood and shut it and it's gonna keep the strap here for you to tie down the front. Now, if you don't have a hitch on the back, you can use one on the back hatch too. That way it's just easier. You just put that in there, close either the hood or the back hatch. You have the loop that ties down and it just makes it easier to get this done. When you look at it straight on, you can see that you got the rubberized pad here at the bottom. It's protecting wherever the kayak makes contact with the carrier. You also have the coated foam on the back end of it there. So where it makes contact on the backside, it's not gonna scratch it or damage it either. And also because the foam is coated, it's gonna last a lot longer. If you're loading up like a wet kayak, it's not gonna break down that foam and rip and tear it. Now, come around front, you can see these loading and unloading ramps. I really think these are helpful especially when you've got a taller vehicle. This one, your rapport is not too tall but lifting it up here and wrestling against that, just to push it up into position really helps. And the same thing could be with unloading it. So I'll go ahead and start unloading it now and kind of show you what I'm talking about. I'll do one side at a time, just kind of twist it up and see how it rests on, right there on those pads. That just helps me readjust my grip or know that it's not gonna slide right off and I know it's not making contact with the vehicle. So I can readjust, grab it and just lift it off. With the kayak removed, you can get a better look at the carrier itself. See the foam pad that I talked about and the rubberized bottom here, but not only that, you have the red lever, it makes it really easy to fold this down. I really liked that part of this too 'cause sometimes they have two, can be kind of a pain when you're already standing in the door cell, but this one's just got this one easy lever. You got to worry about smashing your hands or anything to bring it back up. It's that easy to adjust the way you want. Now we'll fold it down and get a measurement real quick and see how much it adds to top of your carrier. And its lowest point, looks to be about eight inches from the roof to the top of the carrier there. And if we could go just from the roof bars to the top, it's gonna be five inches. One of the best things about it, is the how easy it is to install. Some other ones, you have to use hardware and drop in there or a tool. This one's all inside there. I just turned this knob. You can see the clamp just coming apart here, releasing it from the roof bar and to tighten it, I just turn this back down and it pulls it all back into place. The clamp gets nice and tight on those bars, keeping it in place. And that just makes it super easy to install it or take it off of there. You don't have to have tools in your pocket or reaching up. You're already climbed up on the roof. That anything that makes it easier, is a really good feature to have. Another thing I wanna point out while we're right here is it does have the option to add a lock core in there and you can get that key to like, so if you have a box on the other side or a bike rack on the back, you can get it all in one key. The JayLow is gonna take up 16 inches on your roof bar. So if you're trying to decide if you wanna get a second one on the other side that's how much space it takes up. But I will tell you that if you throw this lever and go straight up and down with it, you can actually carry a kayak here and then put one back here and use this to tie down as well. The JayLow is made of a lightweight aluminum. So it's gonna hold up to those elements. If you're loading up wet kayaks, or even if it's just out there in the rain it's not gonna bother. You're not gonna have any rust or corrosion to worry about. And also has a weight capacity of, if you have one kayak on there, it'll be 80 pounds. Two would be 110. Overall, I think it's a great option. The carrier kayak, you don't even have to take them off all the time. I mean, it's really easy to take it off and put it back on but you can see behind me, they're folded down. Now they're kind of out of the way, I can just drive around like this all the time, if I don't feel like taking them off there. Well, I think that about does it, thanks for hanging out and I hope helped..


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