I use one of these to load my two yaks onto the roof of my Explorer by myself. Even though I have a rear set of rollers I'm too short to set the bow up high enough to rear load the boats without taking paint off the car.CuriousGeorge said:Has anyone got one....certainly looks like a good solution for loading your boat on your own when rollers aren't an option.
And then there's the poor man's version. Insert a piece of EMT conduit or similar into your roof rack cross bar. Attach a line to it and a cork to plug the cross bar. Maybe some tape or foam around the EMT to stop it rattling and driving you nuts. To use pull out plug / cork, pull out EMT to extended position. It works. Total cost ,,, who cares. And nobody is going to steal this thing!Mike_Jackson said:I have the Thule version which is similar - an extendable bar - and it is a great help in allowing me to load my kayak on top of my GM safari van singlehandedly.
Or the even poorer man's version: open your van door and prop the bow section of the kayak on it (with perhaps a pool-noodle or some foam slipped over the upper edge of the door). Then lift the aft section on to the back of the roof rack (with a short guy like me making use of a plastic milk crate to stand on).D-MAC said:And then there's the poor man's version. Insert a piece of EMT conduit or similar into your roof rack cross bar.