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Old 09-17-2015, 05:04 PM   #1
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2009 Palomino Yearling Roof Rack

Hi folks, newb question here:

I've recently picked up a 2009 Palomino Yearling, and I'd like to install a roof rack on it - primarily for hauling my kayaks around. The dealer where it was purchased sent me to the auto parts store, and the auto parts store was mostly useless, pointing me to the Thule or Yakima site.

Has anyone here done this kind of set up? I'm not finding much on either vendor's site about custom set ups for trailers.

Thanks in Advance,

Mike
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Old 09-22-2015, 04:32 PM   #2
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The trick is finding out where your roof is reinforced.

With my previous 2000 Coleman Westlake, I had the dealer install cross bars that were Yakima-compatible. I then added the Yakima parts (trays with a support bar) for 4 bicycles. Not a cheap way to go, but given the Coleman one-piece roofs (I forget the name of the material) I wanted the dealer to be responsible for getting the cross bar location right and keeping my warranty valid.

Sold the Coleman in 2007 without any roof sag issues.

If you have air conditioning, you will probably be limited in what you can do.

Be warned that putting stuff on the camper roof is inconvenient at best. The kayaks have to be removed before setting up your campsite. They then have to be transported to the water some other way. Then reverse the whole thing when it's time to leave. If you can possibly put them on the roof on the tow vehicle, that will be way more convenient.

just my experiences
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Old 12-21-2015, 04:28 PM   #3
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[QUOTE=pgandw;990984]The trick is finding out where your roof is reinforced.
Be warned that putting stuff on the camper roof is inconvenient at best. The kayaks have to be removed before setting up your campsite. They then have to be transported to the water some other way. Then reverse the whole thing when it's time to leave. If you can possibly put them on the roof on the tow vehicle, that will be way more convenient.
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IMHO, this is the best way to go. It works for me and makes it much faster when breaking camp and you don't have to reload the kayaks. If some reason you don't use the kayaks on this outing, you have saved a lot of labor and the kayaks are still secured on the TV.
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