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Old 19 Aug 2006, 05:59 pm   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking to start using my '92 Camry 4 door to carry my canoe as it
uses less gas than my truck. I suppose I'll just get some foam pads as
they are cheap unless I can find a permenantly mountable bar. Anybody
have a suggestion?

Thanks

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Old 19 Aug 2006, 06:16 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Butzmark wrote:
> I'm looking to start using my '92 Camry 4 door to carry my canoe as it
> uses less gas than my truck. I suppose I'll just get some foam pads as
> they are cheap unless I can find a permenantly mountable bar. Anybody
> have a suggestion?
>
> Thanks



If you have the money.....

http://yakima.com/

Thule also makes some very nice rain gutter mount cartop carriers.

http://www.thuleracks.com/thule/carrier_water1.asp

Yakima has one system that uses a roller and an end stop that allows one
person to slide the canoe into place without ever bearing the full
weight of the boat themselves. (the Hully Roller)
None of the Yakima or Thule products are inexpensive.

Using the foam pads and strap system will work, it just takes longer and
you have to be extra careful when mounting it so that you don't have
your canoe come loose going down the highway, as well as being more
careful not to damage your roof.
The good rack systems are probably more secure, and might let you carry
a longer canoe if need be.
How long is the one that you are planning to carry?

Pat
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Old 20 Aug 2006, 06:39 am   #3 (permalink)
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Get a real roof rack before you trash your roof and loose your canoe,
you realy cant secure it well or quickly without one, unless you only
drive under 20mph. You might even get ticketed.

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Old 20 Aug 2006, 10:37 am   #4 (permalink)
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On Sat, 19 Aug 2006 23:16:34 GMT, pws <pwshelton@austin.rr.com> wrote:

>Butzmark wrote:
>> I'm looking to start using my '92 Camry 4 door to carry my canoe as it
>> uses less gas than my truck. I suppose I'll just get some foam pads as
>> they are cheap unless I can find a permenantly mountable bar. Anybody
>> have a suggestion?
>>
>> Thanks

>
>
>If you have the money.....
>
>http://yakima.com/
>
>Thule also makes some very nice rain gutter mount cartop carriers.
>
>http://www.thuleracks.com/thule/carrier_water1.asp
>
>Yakima has one system that uses a roller and an end stop that allows one
>person to slide the canoe into place without ever bearing the full
>weight of the boat themselves. (the Hully Roller)
>None of the Yakima or Thule products are inexpensive.
>
>Using the foam pads and strap system will work, it just takes longer and
>you have to be extra careful when mounting it so that you don't have
>your canoe come loose going down the highway, as well as being more
>careful not to damage your roof.
>The good rack systems are probably more secure, and might let you carry
>a longer canoe if need be.
>How long is the one that you are planning to carry?
>
>Pat


I have a couple of canoes, the biggest 16'. Are the Thule and Yakimas
strong enough to hold a canoe on the highway with only the straps to
the rack, or does the hold down part have to come from somewhere else,
like the bumpers?

I've seen that locks are available. Do these lock the rack to the roof
or the carried items to the rack? I'd really like to find a rack that
would permenently through-bolt to the roof of the car to the roof
crossmembers.

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Old 20 Aug 2006, 01:24 pm   #5 (permalink)
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I have a 94 Camry, and I bought the removeable Yakima racks for carrying
our 2 small kayaks (~40 lbs each). The bars rest on pads directly on
the roof, but seem to spread the load well....the attachments are close
to the front, and close to the sides, so there isn't much weight placed
on the center, weaker portion of the roof.

The attachments hook into the lip between the car door and
roof....optional locks keep the connectors relatively secure, assuming
the car door is locked, too <g> ! Might deter a casual thief, but not a
pro who really wants the racks....

When loaded, it looks dorky <g> but everything seems pretty secure with
the 'yaks strapped to the rack, motoring down the highway ! Much easier
just to throw 'em in the back of my Tundra w/ a Bed Rug liner <g>, but
sometimes you want to do that "start here-end there" trip.

As another poster said....the bars, towers, racks, connectors, etc for
your make and model of car aren't cheap, but the "system" seems well
built ! I spent more for the Yak Rack than I did for the kayaks <g> !

HTH

Dean...


Butzmark wrote:
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> I'm looking to start using my '92 Camry 4 door to carry my canoe as it
> uses less gas than my truck. I suppose I'll just get some foam pads as
> they are cheap unless I can find a permenantly mountable bar. Anybody
> have a suggestion?
>
> Thanks

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Old 20 Aug 2006, 05:36 pm   #6 (permalink)
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"Butzmark" <me@my.net> wrote in message
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> I'm looking to start using my '92 Camry 4 door to carry my canoe as it
> uses less gas than my truck. I suppose I'll just get some foam pads as
> they are cheap unless I can find a permenantly mountable bar. Anybody
> have a suggestion?
>

These are good -
http://www.rola.com.au/rola/
They cost $265AUS for my 91 Camry... a lot, but I can carry a ladder without
tying to the bumpers (which is almost impossible anyway). Lots of people use
them for canoes here, along with Rhino or Thule. No one carries stuff on the
roof without racks.


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