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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:43 pm 
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I just bought a truck that has Yakima tracks welded along each side of the camper shell. Pretty nifty, I thought -- I can just get some kind of attachment that lets me loop a rope through and keep on using my foam-cradle solution.

Not really! I've been to REI and had a long discussion with a Yakima person, and I'm still not sure I'm going to be able to cartop as desired with this new rig.

Does anyone have experience using "tracks" and a folding boat? I mean just these "slot-like" tracks: https://www.rei.com/product/679476/yaki ... ts-60-inch

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:35 am 
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I used this set up on my 4RUNNER. Worked fine with bars and saddles

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 6:59 am 
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I use the bars and foam saddles on my Yakima trailer with a modification that allows me to launch and load any of my kayaks with no drama. I found some PVC pipe that fits over the bars with just enough clearance to allow the PVC to spin on the bar. Then I created a sleeve for the pipe using a couple of mountain bike tire tubes. The setup allows me the ability to (solo) roll the kayak on/off the racks. Once loaded I simply slip the saddles over the bars and under the keel. Hope that makes sense.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:14 am 
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Thanks for the replies!

Tsunamichuck, did you have a link or photo for your setup?

My main concern is not harming the hull or frame members. I suppose I should start taking more care for my back, too, but I've been shoving my 40-ish pound Wisper and Kahuna on top of a camper shell for a dozen years now.

Just now, I opened up Ralph Diaz' book and looked up cartopping, and he doesn't really warn against racks; rather, he recommends nylon-coated foam like windsurfer rack pads. Sounds like that's what gbellware is using.

Not sure where I got the idea that you shouldn't use racks with a folder . . . but the foam flat-on-roof cradles with ropes protected with pipe insulation have worked like a charm over the years.

Change is so hard :)


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:32 pm 
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I don't have a pic handy of the 4Runner setup but I do use foam pads with my folders

J racks work ok too


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