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Rhino-Rack Universal Side Loader Review

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Review of the Rhino Rack Universal Side Loader

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Rhino Rack universal side loader part number RR-RUSL. This universal side loader from rhino rack has a nice soft foam pad here, so that when you load up your kayak or your canoe or rather small boat it's not going to rub or scratch or damage to the surface of the kayak. Also the pole here which connects to the end of the bar does telescope to… see more >     



Been meaning to provide my feedback for a while. Have had this side loader for about 2 years. This system works really well. My vehicle does not have Thule or Yakima racks that fit my car! Verty strange. So I have to get an Inno rack system. I have used this side loader for a Wilderness Systems tandem 146 (14'6") and weight 77 pounds and it was incredibly easy for me with back problems to put on my car roof. When using this side loader Just make sure the telescope is locked tightly and keep it straight. If you do that, it will be great. Easy to put on bar onto the the Inno bar. I load the kayak onto the side loader bar. Put the stern of the kayak on the saddles, then go to the front and lift onto the front saddle. Even if I could lift the kayak up without this system, I wouldn't do it. Accidentally dropping a kayak is not something you want to have happen.

Cheryl D.


Hi. Will this fit Toyota 4Runner 2021? Please let me know. Thank you

Victoria B.


The Side Load Assist isn't a custom-fit accessory by vehicle make and model. The Side Load Assist is designed to fit Rhino Rack roof racks and will also fit on Thule aero and square bars and will extend up to 87-1/8 inches. As long as you have an aftermarket roof rack this assist should work well with your 4Runner.

Liz G.


We just ordered one for our Subaru Crosstrek. We have Malone downloaded J mounts. Will this work for us?

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Jon G.


This is a universal application so you should be good to go!

Rick L.


I am very interested in the product, but am a little confused. I have a four door sedan, a Saturn Aura, 2009 year. Can I mount the cross bars that the kayak will ultimately sit on, onto this vehicle? That is my only concern. I believe I read something that did not incude GM cars for this product.Thanks, Rick

Patrick B.


There are quite a number of roof rack options available for the 2009 Saturn Aura. These roofracks will provide the base cross bars that you will need to carry the kayak. Once you select a roof rack system, then we can figure out what options you have to secure the kayak. I've included a link to all of the roof rack systems for a 2009 Aura.

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